Coupled Models for the Hydrological Cycle: Integrating by Axel Bronstert, Jesus Carrera, Pavel Kabat, Sabine

By Axel Bronstert, Jesus Carrera, Pavel Kabat, Sabine Lütkemeier

This ebook considers an array of state of the art coupling and modelling suggestions. First the appropriate Earth procedure cycles are awarded, through a dialogue on scale matters and a number of equilibria. Inter- and intra-compartmental coupling is addressed, in addition to a debate on non-linearities and questions of parameterisation. a number of purposes are offered, the place a spotlight is on circumstances the place the hydrological cycle performs a significant position.

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1996) and Randall et al. (1996) in a GCM sensitivity study. Inclusion of this feedback increased The Nature of Land-Biosphere-Atmosphere Feedbacks 19 surface temperatures through a reduction in evaporation and reduced rainfall over land areas. The magnitude of this reduction in rainfall and evaporation depends critically on the parameterisation employed in their land-surface scheme. However, those studies did not include the biogeochemical effect of vegetation on the subsequent atmospheric response; incorporating dynamic vegetation into a land-surface model is a fairly new endeavour, but research in this area has already provided important insight.

Heat conduction may be the main energy transfer mechanism at small distances, but becomes negligible at large distances when compared to convection. One might wonder why the space and time scales are so closely linked (the examples we pointed out above illustrate what we have termed process scale and they only deal with “large” or “small”, but not with time). g. concentration), v is the mean velocity of the fluid and D is the diffusion (dispersion) coefficient, which represents mixing caused by Brownian motion (or by fluctuations of the fluid velocity around its mean).

The nature of the land-surface cover and antecedent moisture also has implications for the maintenance of easterly perturbations during their progression westwards over the more sparse, moisture limited vegetation typical of the Sahelian region, compared with the better watered, more dense vegetation further south. Modelling by Taylor et al. (2000) showed that the surface land cover and antecedent moisture has a major influence on the PBL depth and potential temperature, with the depth of the moist layer being deeper and warmer over sparse compared to dense vegetation within the high pressure ridge (24 hours ahead of the passage of the easterly trough).

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