Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
Research article
27 May 2015
Research article |  | 27 May 2015

Sensitivity of the regional European boreal climate to changes in surface properties resulting from structural vegetation perturbations

J. H. Rydsaa, F. Stordal, and L. M. Tallaksen


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MODIS land surface data with WRF V3.5.1 and Noah LSM is used to investigate the sensitivity of the atmosphere to changes in structural vegetation in the boreal ecosystem. Results show that high north evergreen forest expansion leads to larger latent heat fluxes, while increased summer precipitation and reduced wind speed lead to lower sensible heat flux. Replacement of evergreen forest with mixed forest have largely opposite effects, moderating the regional effects on the atmosphere.
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