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Volume 10, issue 2
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 959–975, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-959-2017
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Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 959–975, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-959-2017
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Development and technical paper 24 Feb 2017

Development and technical paper | 24 Feb 2017

A vertical representation of soil carbon in the JULES land surface scheme (vn4.3_permafrost) with a focus on permafrost regions

Eleanor J. Burke et al.
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There is a large amount of relatively inert organic carbon locked into permafrost soils. In a warming climate the permafrost will thaw and this organic carbon will become vulnerable to decomposition. This process is not typically included within Earth system models (ESMs). This paper describes the development of a vertically resolved soil organic carbon decomposition model which, in the future, can be included within the UKESM to quantify the response of the climate to permafrost carbon loss.
There is a large amount of relatively inert organic carbon locked into permafrost soils. In a...
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