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VEMAP - Vegetation/Ecosystem Modeling and Analysis Project
Creator: UCAR/NCAR/CGD/TSS > Terrestrial Sciences Section, Climate and Global Dynamics Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research  [contact email: schimel AT ucar.edu]  [web page]
Publisher: UCAR/NCAR/SCD/VETS/CDP > Community Data Portal, Visualization and Enabling Technologies Section, Scientific Computing Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research  [contact email: cdp AT ucar.edu]  [web page]
Project: VEMAP > Vegetation/Ecosystem Modeling and Analysis Project
Summary: Vegetation-Ecosystem Modeling and Analysis Project (VEMAP) was a large, collaborative, multi-agency program to simulate and understand ecosystem dynamics for the continental United States. The collaboration included scientists from NCAR, The University of Montana, Oregon State University, Colorado State University, The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Labs, University of Virginia, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Sheffield, UK, University of Lund, Sweden, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany. The project involved the development of common data sets for model input including a high-resolution topographically-adjusted climate history of the United States from 1895-1993 on a 0.5 degree grid, with soils and vegetation cover. The vegetation cover data set includes a detailed agricultural data base based on USDA statistics and remote sensing, as well as natural vegetation (also derived from satellite imagery). The climate data set was developed at NCAR by Tim Kittel (EDAS) and Nan Rosenbloom (EDAS), with collaboration from Oregon State University (Chris Daly) and NOAA's National Climate Data Center (NCDC). Two principal model experiments were run. First, a series of ecosystem models were run from 1895 to 1993 to simulate current ecosystem biogeochemistry. Second, these same models were integrated forward using the output from two climate system models (CCCma (Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis) and Hadley Centre models) using climate results translated into the VEMAP grid and re-adjusted for high-resolution topography for the simulated period 1993-2100.
Related Link: VEMAP (The Vegetation/Ecosystem Modeling and Analysis Project)
Related Link: VEMAP data user guide
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