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Project title
A new first-principles land-surface model for the fast climate simulator PLASIM
Contact name
Colin Prentice
Project based at
Silwood Park (Imperial)
Project description
(with Phil Holden and Neil Edwards, Open University) One of the problems with climate models is that they are so complex, and computationally demanding, that they are not available for people outside specialist groups and institutes to modify them, or carry out experiments with them. PLASIM is an “intermediate complexity” model that was designed to be much more user-friendly. The idea of this project is to build on recent work by Prentice’s group, which has led to the definition of new general principles for land-surface modelling, in order to provide PLASIM with a simple – but realistic – global representation of vegetation and its interactions with the atmosphere. This, in turn, will allow testing of hypotheses about the role of land ecosystems in regulating quantities such as the water balance of continental interiors, which even advanced Earth system models currently do not simulate well.
Additional requirements
The project will suit a student with good computational skills, including experience in FORTRAN programming.
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Project length limitations
9 months
Suitable for
Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution (MRes), Ecosystem and Environmental Change MRes