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An Atmospheric Water Vapor Cycle Model For Evaluating Large-scale Effects Of Alpine Land Use Changes On The Atmospheric Water Cycle

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ENV000251

Volume

41

Pages

8

Published

2000

Size

1,010 kb

Author(s)

W.K. Graber, P. Schuhmacher & M. Forger

Abstract

Results of the European project ECOMONT (Ecological Effects of Land Use Changes on European Terrestrial Mountain Ecosystems) are presented. To investigate the influence of land use changes on a large scale, the experiments from field campaigns were incorporated into a model of the atmospheric water vapor cycle (WVC). Satellite data were combined with data from numerical weather prediction models to drive the WVC model. The WVC model takes care of non-uniform terrain by considering local advection from non-homogeneous source distributions. The WVC model is used for scaling up the experimental results from a local Alpine site to regional scale. 1 Introduction The European project ECOMONT (Ecologi

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