Submitted as: model description paper 08 Dec 2021

Submitted as: model description paper | 08 Dec 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal GMD.

Soil related developments of the Biome-BGCMuSo v6.2 terrestrial ecosystem model by integrating crop model components

Dóra Hidy1,2, Zoltán Barcza1,3,4, Roland Hollós1,4, Laura Dobor5, Tamás Ács6, Dóra Zacháry7, Tibor Filep7, László Pásztor8, Dóra Incze3, Katarína Merganičová4,9, Peter Thornton10, Steven Running11, and Nándor Fodor4 Dóra Hidy et al.
  • 1Excellence Center, Faculty of Science, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, H-2462 Martonvásár, Hungary
  • 2Agroecology Recearch Group, MTA-MATE, H-2100 Gödöllő, Hungary
  • 3Department of Meteorology, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, H-1117 Budapest, Hungary
  • 4Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, 165 21 Prague, Czech Republic
  • 5Centre for Agricultural Research, Agricultural Institute, H-2462 Martonvásár, Hungary
  • 6Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, H-1111 Budapest, Hungary
  • 7Geographical Institute, Researche Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, H-1112 Budapest, Hungary
  • 8Institute for Soil Sciences, Centre for Agricultural Research, H-1022 Budapest, Hungary
  • 9Department of Biodiversity of Ecosystems and Landscape, Institute of Landscape Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, SK 949 01 Nitra, Slovakia
  • 10Climate Change Science Institute/Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
  • 11Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812, USA

Abstract. Terrestrial biogeochemical models are essential tools to quantify climate-carbon cycle feedback and plant-soil relations from local to global scale. In this study, theoretical basis is provided for the latest version of Biome-BGCMuSo biogeochemical model (version 6.2). Biome-BGCMuSo is a branch of the original Biome-BGC model with a large number of developments and structural changes. Earlier model versions performed poorly in terms of soil water content (SWC) dynamics in different environments. Moreover, lack of detailed nitrogen cycle representation was a major limitation of the model. Since problems associated with these internal drivers might influence the final results and parameter estimation, additional structural improvements were necessary. During the developments we took advantage of experiences from the crop modeller community where internal process representation has a long history. In this paper the improved soil hydrology and soil carbon/nitrogen cycle calculation methods are described in detail. Capabilities of the Biome-BGCMuSo v6.2 model are demonstrated via case studies focusing on soil hydrology and soil organic carbon content estimation. Soil hydrology related results are compared to observation data from an experimental lysimeter station. The results indicate improved performance for Biome-BGCMuSo v6.2 compared to v4.0 (explained variance increased from 0.121 to 0.8 for SWC, and from 0.084 to 0.46 for soil evaporation; bias changed from −0.047 to 0.007 m3 m−3 for SWC, and from −0.68 mm day−1 to −0.2 mm day−1 for soil evaporation). Sensitivity analysis and optimization of the decomposition scheme is presented to support practical application of the model. The improved version of Biome-BGCMuSo has the ability to provide more realistic soil hydrology representation and nitrification/denitrification process estimation which represents a major milestone.

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Biogeochemical models used by the scientific community can support the society in the quantification of the expected environmental impacts caused by global climate change. The Biome-BGCMuSo v6.2 biogeochemical model has been created by implementing a lot of soil hydrology and soil carbon/nitrogen cylce related developments and by integrating crop model components. The detailed descriptions of developments with case studies are presented in this paper.