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Research article
24 Feb 2015
Research article |  | 24 Feb 2015

Large-area land surface simulations in heterogeneous terrain driven by global data sets: application to mountain permafrost

J. Fiddes, S. Endrizzi, and S. Gruber


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This paper demonstrates a new land surface modelling approach that uses globally available data sets to generate high-resolution simulation results of land surface processes. We successfully simulate a highly resolution-dependent variable, ground surface temperatures, over the entire Swiss Alps at high resolution. We use a large evaluation data set to test the model. We suggest that this scheme represents a useful step in application of numerical models over large areas in heterogeneous terrain.