Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 16, 1383–1397, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-1383-2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 1383–1397, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-1383-2022
Research article
20 Apr 2022
Research article | 20 Apr 2022

Land–atmosphere interactions in sub-polar and alpine climates in the CORDEX Flagship Pilot Study Land Use and Climate Across Scales (LUCAS) models – Part 2: The role of changing vegetation

Priscilla A. Mooney et al.

Data sets

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CDO User Guide (1.9.8) U. Schulzweida https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3539275

The ERA-Interim reanalysis: configuration and performance of the data assimilation system (https://www.ecmwf.int/en/forecasts/datasets/reanalysis-datasets/era-interim) D. P. Dee, S. M. Uppala, A. J. Simmons, P. Berrisford, P. Poli, S. Kobayashi, U. Andrae, M. A. Balmaseda, G. Balsamo, P. Bauer, P. Bechtold, A. C. M. Beljaars, L. van de Berg, J. Bidlot, N. Bormann, C. Delsol, R. Dragani, M. Fuentes, A. J. Geer, L. Haimberger, S. B. Healy, H. Hersbach, E. V. Hólm, L. Isaksen, P. Kållberg, M. Köhler, M. Matricardi, A. P. McNally, B. M. Monge-Sanz, J.-J. Morcrette, B.-K. Park, C. Peubey, P. de Rosnay, C. Tavolato, J.-N. Th\'{e}paut, and F. Vitart https://doi.org/10.1002/qj.828

COSMO Model Licence COSMO http://www.cosmo-model.org/content/consortium/licencing.htm

ictp-esp/RegCM: Paper Release (4.7.1) F. Giorgi, F. Solmon, X. Bi, E. Coppola, G. Giuliani, U. Turunçoğlu, I. Güttler, L. Mariotti, N. Rita, T. A. O’Brien, A. Tawfik, N. Elguindi, S. Piani, J. Pal, G. T. Diro, and A. Shalaby https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4603556

Short summary
We use multiple regional climate models to show that afforestation in sub-polar and alpine regions reduces the radiative impact of snow albedo on the atmosphere, reduces snow cover, and delays the start of the snowmelt season. This is important for local communities that are highly reliant on snowpack for water resources and winter tourism. However, models disagree on the amount of change particularly when snow is melting. This shows that more research is needed on snow–vegetation interactions.