Articles | Volume 8, issue 7
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 2315–2328, 2015
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 2315–2328, 2015

Development and technical paper 31 Jul 2015

Development and technical paper | 31 Jul 2015

Plant functional type classification for earth system models: results from the European Space Agency's Land Cover Climate Change Initiative

B. Poulter et al.


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Short summary
Land cover is an essential variable in earth system models and determines conditions driving biogeochemical, energy and water exchange between ecosystems and the atmosphere. A methodology is presented for mapping plant functional types used in global vegetation models from a updated land cover classification system and open-source conversion tool, resulting from a consultative process among map producers and modelers engaged in the European Space Agency’s Land Cover Climate Change Initiative.