Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Development and technical paper
28 Jan 2016
Development and technical paper |  | 28 Jan 2016

The improvement of soil thermodynamics and its effects on land surface meteorology in the IPSL climate model

F. Wang, F. Cheruy, and J.-L. Dufresne


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The soil thermodynamics in the IPSL climate model is improved by adopting a common vertical discretization for soil moisture and temperature, by coupling soil heat convection-conduction process, and by computing the thermal properties as a function of soil moisture and texture. The dependence of the soil thermal properties on moisture and texture lead to the most significant changes in the surface temperature, with the strongest effects taking place over dry areas and during the night.