Sophisticated land surface scheme added to CSIRO Mk3L climate model

3 December 2011: The impact of the land surface on climate will be simulated better then ever before in the CSIRO Mk3L climate system model following the addition of a sophisticated land surface scheme.

Centre of Excellence researchers helped incorporate the new Community Atmosphere Biosphere Land Exchange (CABLE) model into CSIRO Mk3L. The CABLE model replaces the simple default land surface scheme with a model that can simulate terrestrial energy, water and carbon balance in a physically and biologically consistent way.

“With the addition of a more complex system for examining the role of landscapes in the global carbon cycle, the CSIRO Mk3L climate system model will be able to explore questions involving land cover change and the feedbacks between terrestrial carbon storage and climate change,” said Dr Steven Phipps, who worked on the model and helped test it.

“This adds significantly to the capacity of CSIRO Mk3L and its ability to explore changes in the climate system over hundreds and thousands of years, including abrupt climate change.”

Full details on the addition of the CABLE model to CSIRO Mk3L can be found at Geoscientific Model Development.

 

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