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Mapped Atmosphere-Plant-Soil System Study


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Corvallis, Oregon 97331

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Implementation of MAPSS-Based VEMAP Models Over California

The goal of this project funded by the Electric Power Research Insitute is to investigate the sensitivity of vegetation distribution and dynamics (e.g., carbon, fire, and water resources) in California by using the VEMAP models, MAPSS, MC1 (MAPSS-CENTURY) and BIOMAP (MAPSS-BIOME-BGC) with available equilibrium and transient GCM-based future climate scenarios.


Following is a list of specific goals of the project:

  • Downscale VEMAP2 coarse-grid transient climate and scenarios to the MAPSS 10-km (or higher)-resolution equilbrium grid. A wholly new 10-km radiation grid will need to be generated.
  • Expand and calibrate the vegetation classification rule bases in MC1 and BIOMAP to at least the level of MAPSS (45 classes). The classes may differ a bit from the original MAPSS in order to achieve consistency with the new U.S. National Vegetation Classification System (USNVC).
  • Implement equilibrium MAPSS at 10-km resolution over California with the full 45 vegetation classes and analyze shifts in vegetation type, both horizontally and elevationally, including changes in fire and hydrologic regimes.
  • Implement MC1 at 0.5° resolution over California with 6 to 8 vegetation classes and analyze shifts in vegetation type, both horizontally and elevationally, including changes in fire and hydrologic regimes.
  • Implement both MC1 and BIOMAP at 10-km resolution with a minimum of the 22 VEMAP classes and as many as the 45 vegetation classes in MAPSS. Analyze shifts in vegetation type, both horizontally and elevationally, including changes in fire and hydrologic regimes.
  • Draft manuscript on results of simulations and future implications.

Small California Map Current and Predicted California Vegetation

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