Articles | Volume 16, issue 7
Model description paper
13 Apr 2023
Model description paper |  | 13 Apr 2023

The Permafrost and Organic LayEr module for Forest Models (POLE-FM) 1.0

Winslow D. Hansen, Adrianna Foster, Benjamin Gaglioti, Rupert Seidl, and Werner Rammer

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Permafrost and the thick soil-surface organic layers that insulate permafrost are important controls of boreal forest dynamics and carbon cycling. However, both are rarely included in process-based vegetation models used to simulate future ecosystem trajectories. To address this challenge, we developed a computationally efficient permafrost and soil organic layer module that operates at fine spatial (1 ha) and temporal (daily) resolutions.