The BASE land surface model

Carl E. Desborough*, Andrew J. Pitman

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    The Best Approximation of Surface Exchanges (BASE) land surface model is described in detail. BASE is designed for large-scale climate modelling and for investigation of inter-model parameterisation differences. It has a tiled surface structure with an explicit canopy layer through which the foliage, underlying ground and atmosphere interact. A three-layer diffusion scheme is used to model soil temperature, moisture and ice content. A slab model is used to represent snow.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-18
    Number of pages16
    JournalGlobal and Planetary Change
    Issue number1-4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1998


    • atmosphere
    • bisophere
    • climate
    • hydrology
    • numerical models


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