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Geoscientific Model Development An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Geosci. Model Dev., 7, 631-647, 2014
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Model evaluation paper
22 Apr 2014
Simulating high-latitude permafrost regions by the JSBACH terrestrial ecosystem model
A. Ekici1,2, C. Beer1,3, S. Hagemann4, J. Boike5, M. Langer5, and C. Hauck2 1Department of Biogeochemical Integration, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
2Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
3Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM) and Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
4Department of Land in the Earth System, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany
5Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany
Abstract. The current version of JSBACH incorporates phenomena specific to high latitudes: freeze/thaw processes, coupling thermal and hydrological processes in a layered soil scheme, defining a multilayer snow representation and an insulating moss cover. Evaluations using comprehensive Arctic data sets show comparable results at the site, basin, continental and circumarctic scales. Such comparisons highlight the need to include processes relevant to high-latitude systems in order to capture the dynamics, and therefore realistically predict the evolution of this climatically critical biome.

Citation: Ekici, A., Beer, C., Hagemann, S., Boike, J., Langer, M., and Hauck, C.: Simulating high-latitude permafrost regions by the JSBACH terrestrial ecosystem model, Geosci. Model Dev., 7, 631-647,, 2014.
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