Parameterization and Surface Data Improvements and New Capabilities for the Community Land Model Urban (CLMU)

Date

2019

Authors

Oleson, K. W.
Feddema, J.

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Publisher

Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems

Abstract

The Community Land Model Urban (CLMU) is an urban parameterization developed to simulate urban climate within a global Earth System Model framework. This paper describes and evaluates parameterization and surface data improvements, and new capabilities that have been implemented since the initial release of CLMU in 2010 as part of version 4 of the Community Land Model (CLM4) and the Community Earth System Model (CESM®). These include: 1) an expansion of model capability to simulate multiple urban density classes within each model grid cell; 2) a more sophisticated and realistic building space heating and air conditioning submodel; 3) a revised global dataset of urban morphological, radiative, and thermal properties utilized by the model, including a tool that allows for generating future urban development scenarios, and 4) the inclusion of a module to simulate various heat stress indices. The model and data are evaluated using observed data from five urban flux tower sites and a global anthropogenic heat flux (AHF) dataset. Generally, the new version of the model simulates urban radiative and turbulent fluxes, surface temperatures, and AHF as well or better than the previous version. Significant improvements in the global and regional simulation of AHF are also demonstrated that are primarily due to the new building energy model. The new model is available as part of the public release of CLM5 and CESM2.0.

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Global Land Model, Earth System Modeling, Urban Climate, Urban Canopy Models

Citation

Oleson, K. W. & Feddema, J. (2019). Parameterization and Surface Data Improvements and New Capabilities for the Community Land Model Urban (CLMU). Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 12(2), 1-30. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018MS001586.