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Incorporating plant phenology dynamics in a biophysical canopy model

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dc.contributor.author Drewry, Darren
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-12T16:14:12Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-12T16:14:12Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08
dc.identifier.citation Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Internship Program (SIP), Pasadena, California, August 20, 2012. en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 12-4038
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/43241
dc.description.abstract The Multi-Layer Canopy Model (MLCan) is a vegetation model created to capture plant responses to environmental change. Themodel vertically resolves carbon uptake, water vapor and energy exchange at each canopy level by coupling photosynthesis, stomatal conductance and leaf energy balance. The model is forced by incoming shortwave and longwave radiation, as well as near-surface meteorological conditions. The original formulation of MLCan utilized canopy structural traits derived from observations. This project aims to incorporate a plant phenology scheme within MLCan allowing these structural traits to vary dynamically. In the plant phenology scheme implemented here, plant growth is dependent on environmental conditions such as air temperature and soil moisture. The scheme includes functionality that models plant germination, growth, and senescence. These growth stages dictate the variation in six different vegetative carbon pools: storage, leaves, stem, coarse roots, fine roots, and reproductive. The magnitudes of these carbon pools determine land surface parameters such as leaf area index, canopy height, rooting depth and root water uptake capacity. Coupling this phenology scheme with MLCan allows for a more flexible representation of the structure and function of vegetation as it responds to changing environmental conditions. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2013. en_US
dc.subject Multi-Layer Canopy Model (MLCan) en_US
dc.subject environmental changes en_US
dc.title Incorporating plant phenology dynamics in a biophysical canopy model en_US
dc.type Student Report en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy Life Sciences (General) en_US


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