Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 13, 3077–3091, 2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 3077–3091, 2019
Research article
25 Nov 2019
Research article | 25 Nov 2019

Simulated single-layer forest canopies delay Northern Hemisphere snowmelt

Markus Todt et al.

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Vegetation is often represented by a single layer in global land models. Studies have found deficient simulation of thermal radiation beneath forest canopies when represented by single-layer vegetation. This study corrects thermal radiation in forests for a global land model using single-layer vegetation in order to assess the effect of deficient thermal radiation on snow cover and snowmelt. Results indicate that single-layer vegetation causes snow in forests to be too cold and melt too late.