Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Model evaluation paper
31 Oct 2020
Model evaluation paper |  | 31 Oct 2020

Modeling land surface processes over a mountainous rainforest in Costa Rica using CLM4.5 and CLM5

Jaeyoung Song, Gretchen R. Miller, Anthony T. Cahill, Luiza Maria T. Aparecido, and Georgianne W. Moore


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Short summary
The performance of a land surface model (CLM4.5 and 5.0) was examined against a suite of measurements from a tropical montane rainforest in Costa Rica. Both versions failed to capture the effects of frequent rainfall events and mountainous terrain on temperature, leaf wetness, photosynthesis, and transpiration. While the new model version eliminated some errors, it still cannot precisely simulate a number of processes. This suggests that two key components of the model need modification.