BioVeL - Biome-BGC MuSo ecosystem modelling


Project description


The goal of BioVeL - Biome-BGC MuSo ecosystem modelling is the estimation of behaviour of terrestrial ecological systems (forests, grasslands, agricultural areas) with management options as accurately as possible. Although a former version of Biome-BGC model was also available in the EDGES infrastructure, this version contains improvements and can be considered a reasonable an alternative to Biome-BGC.

Several researchers used and modified the original Biome-BGC model in the past. Most recently our research group developed Biome-BGC to improve the ability of the model to simulate carbon and water cycle in managed herbaceous ecosystems (see Hidy et al., 2012). The modifications included structural improvements of the model (e.g., the simple, outdated, one-layer soil module was replaced by a multilayer soil module; drought related plant senescence was implemented; model phenology was improved) and also management modules were developed (e.g. to simulate mowing, grazing). Although the modifications aimed to support the use of Biome-BGC in herbaceous ecosystems, the modified model can also be used in forest related studies, where the multilayer soil module can be used to perform more realistic simulations in terms of soil hydrology.

This project paves the way to a better understanding of the interactions between vegetation, human land use and climate change.