Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
Biogeosciences, 3, 229–241, 2006

Special issue: Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study...

Biogeosciences, 3, 229–241, 2006
17 May 2006
17 May 2006

Land-surface modelling in hydrological perspective – a review

J. Overgaard1,2, D. Rosbjerg1, and M. B. Butts2 J. Overgaard et al.
  • 1Institute of Environment & Resources, Technical University of Denmark, Building 115, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
  • 2DHI Water & Environment, Agern All´e 5, DK-2970 Hørsholm, Denmark

Abstract. The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the different types of energy-based land-surface models (LSMs) and discuss some of the new possibilities that will arise when energy-based LSMs are combined with distributed hydrological modelling. We choose to focus on energy-based approaches, because in comparison to the traditional potential evapotranspiration models, these approaches allow for a stronger link to remote sensing and atmospheric modelling. New opportunities for evaluation of distributed land-surface models through application of remote sensing are discussed in detail, and the difficulties inherent in various evaluation procedures are presented. Finally, the dynamic coupling of hydrological and atmospheric models is explored, and the perspectives of such efforts are discussed.

Final-revised paper