Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 5833–5873, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-5833-2020

Special issue: The PALM model system 6.0 for atmospheric and oceanic boundary-layer...

Geosci. Model Dev., 13, 5833–5873, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-5833-2020

Development and technical paper 27 Nov 2020

Development and technical paper | 27 Nov 2020

Geospatial input data for the PALM model system 6.0: model requirements, data sources and processing

Wieke Heldens et al.

Model code and software

PALM 6.0 r3668 Björn Maronga et al. https://doi.org/10.25835/0041607

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For realistic microclimate simulations in urban areas with PALM 6.0, detailed description of surface types, buildings and vegetation is required. This paper shows how such input data sets can be derived with the example of three German cities. Various data sources are used, including remote sensing, municipal data collections and open data such as OpenStreetMap. The collection and preparation of input data sets is tedious. Future research aims therefore at semi-automated tools to support users.