Updated vegetation information in high resolution WRF simulations

Joakim Refslund Nielsen, Ebba Dellwik, Andrea N. Hahmann, Eva Boegh

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    Climate studies show that the frequency of heat wave events and above-average high temperatures during the summer months over Europe will increase in the coming decades. Such climatic changes and long-term meteorological conditions will impact the seasonal development of vegetation and ultimately modify the energy distribution at the land surface. In weather and climate models it is important to represent the vegetation variability accurately to obtain reliable results. The weather research and forecasting (WRF) model uses green vegetation fraction (GVF) time series to represent vegetation seasonality. The GVF of each grid cell is additionally used to scale other parameters such as LAI, roughness, emissivity and albedo within predefined intervals. However, the default GYP used by WRF does not reflect recent climatic changes or change in management practices since it was derived more than 20 years ago. In this study, a new high resolution GYP product based on MODIS images is applied in a high resolution WRF simulation over Denmark during the 2006 heat wave year. It is found that the GYP is very different in a heat wave year compared to the default GVF. The simulation is compared to a control run using the default GVF data and their performances are quantified against gridded data. The verification includes 2-m temperature and precipitation. The results show that although the simulation using the new GYP product performs well, it does not significantly improve performance compared to the default GYP, despite significant differences in vegetation fractions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationClimate and Land Surface Changes in Hydrology. Proceedings
    Number of pages6
    PublisherIAHS Press
    Publication date2013
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventJoint Assembly of IAHS, IAPSO and IASPEI - Gothenburg, Sweden
    Duration: 22 Jul 201326 Jul 2013


    ConferenceJoint Assembly of IAHS, IAPSO and IASPEI
    SeriesIAHS Publications Series (Red Books)


    • WATER
    • EUROPE
    • green vegetation fraction
    • WRF
    • heat wave


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