Articles | Volume 9, issue 5
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-1959-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-1959-2016
Development and technical paper
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27 May 2016
Development and technical paper |  | 27 May 2016

Sensitivity of biogenic volatile organic compounds to land surface parameterizations and vegetation distributions in California

Chun Zhao, Maoyi Huang, Jerome D. Fast, Larry K. Berg, Yun Qian, Alex Guenther, Dasa Gu, Manish Shrivastava, Ying Liu, Stacy Walters, Gabriele Pfister, Jiming Jin, John E. Shilling, and Carsten Warneke

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In this study, the latest version of MEGAN is coupled within CLM4 in WRF-Chem. In this implementation, MEGAN shares a consistent vegetation map with CLM4. This improved modeling framework is used to investigate the impact of two land surface schemes on BVOCs and examine the sensitivity of BVOCs to vegetation distributions in California. This study indicates that more effort is needed to obtain the most appropriate and accurate land cover data sets for climate and air quality models.