Articles | Volume 18, issue 7
Biogeosciences, 18, 2405–2428, 2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 2405–2428, 2021

Research article 16 Apr 2021

Research article | 16 Apr 2021

Plant phenology evaluation of CRESCENDO land surface models – Part 1: Start and end of the growing season

Daniele Peano et al.

Data sets

Copernicus Global Land Operations “Vegetation and Energy”, Copernicus Global Land operations – Lot 1 A. Verger, F. Baret, and M. Weiss

CRUNCEP Version 7 – Atmospheric Forcing Data for the Community Land Model N. Viovy

CEDA JASMIN Service – CRESCENDO M. Pritchard and CEDA staff

Leaf Area Index (LAI3g) dataset R. Myneni

Model code and software

4 Growing Season Type (4GST) code D. Peano

Short summary
Global climate models are the scientist’s tools used for studying past, present, and future climate conditions. This work examines the ability of a group of our tools in reproducing and capturing the right timing and length of the season when plants show their green leaves. This season, indeed, is fundamental for CO2 exchanges between land, atmosphere, and climate. This work shows that discrepancies compared to observations remain, demanding further polishing of these tools.
Final-revised paper