Journal article

Improving the representation of cropland sites in the Community Land Model (CLM) version 5.0

Theresa Boas, Heye Bogena, Thomas Gruenwald, Bernard Heinesch, Dongryeol Ryu, Marius Schmidt, Harry Vereecken, Andrew Western, Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen



The incorporation of a comprehensive crop module in land surface models offers the possibility to study the effect of agricultural land use and land management changes on the terrestrial water, energy, and biogeochemical cycles. It may help to improve the simulation of biogeophysical and biogeochemical processes on regional and global scales in the framework of climate and land use change. In this study, the performance of the crop module of the Community Land Model version 5 (CLM5) was evaluated at point scale with site-specific field data focusing on the simulation of seasonal and inter-annual variations in crop growth, planting and harvesting cycles, and crop yields, as well as water, ene..

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Awarded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany's Excellence Strategy

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge Yaqiong Lu for providing the source code to the winter cereal implementation to CLM4.5 (Lu et al., 2017). Furthermore, the authors gratefully acknowledge the computing time granted on the supercomputer JURECA by the Julich Supercomputing Centre (JSC). This study is part of the Julich-University of Melbourne Postgraduate Academy (JUMPA), an international research collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the Research Centre Julich, Germany. This work used data acquired and shared by the TERENO project of the Helmholtz Association, the EU ICOS project of the European Research Infrastructure programme (ESFRI), and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany's Excellence Strategy (EXC 2070-390732324, project PhenoRob).