The project for intercomparison of land surface parameterization schemes (PILPS): phases 2 and 3

A. Henderson-Sellers, A. J. Pitman, P. K. Love, P. Irannejad, T. H. Chen

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Abstract

The World Climate Research Programme Project for Inter-comparison of Land Surface Parameterization Schemes (PILPS) is moving into its second and third phases that will exploit observational data and consider the performance of land surface schemes when coupled to their host climate models. The first site from which observations will be drawn for phase 2 intercomparisons is Cabauw, the Netherlands (51°58′N, 4°56′E), selected specifically to try to reduce one of the causes of the divergence among the phase 1 results: the initialization of the deep soil moisture. Cabauw's deep soil is saturated throughout the year. It also offers a quality controlled set of meteorological forcing and 160 days of flux measurements. Incomplete diagnostics suggest that bucket and canopy models differ and that variability among models can be tracked to the soil moisture parameterization. This paper offers a review of the PILPS project to date and an invitation to participate in PILPS' current and future activities. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-503
Number of pages15
JournalBulletin - American Meteorological Society
Volume76
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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