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Volume 8, issue 5
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 1493–1508, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-8-1493-2015
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Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 1493–1508, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-8-1493-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Development and technical paper 21 May 2015

Development and technical paper | 21 May 2015

An improved representation of physical permafrost dynamics in the JULES land-surface model

S. Chadburn et al.

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Permafrost, ground that is frozen for 2 or more years, is found extensively in the Arctic. It stores large quantities of carbon, which may be released under climate warming, so it is important to include it in climate models. Here we improve the representation of permafrost in a climate model land-surface scheme, both in the numerical representation of soil and snow, and by adding the effects of organic soils and moss. Site simulations show significantly improved soil temperature and thaw depth.
Permafrost, ground that is frozen for 2 or more years, is found extensively in the Arctic. It...
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