Annual Report on the Integrated Ecosystem Model for Alaska & Canada Project 2012

In this project we are developing, testing, and applying the Integrated Ecosystem Model (IEM) for Alaska and Northwest Canada to forecast how landscape structure and function might change in response to how climate change influences interactions among disturbance regimes, permafrost integrity, hydrology, vegetation succession, and vegetation migration. The IEM framework couples (1) a model of disturbance dynamics and species establishment (the Alaska Frame-Based Ecosystem Code, ALFRESCO), (2) a model of soil dynamics, hydrology, vegetation succession, and ecosystem biogeochemistry (the dynamic organic soil/dynamic vegetation model version of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model, TEM), and (3) a model of permafrost dynamics (the Geophysical Institute Permafrost Lab model, GIPL).

This document reports the first full year, i.e., 2012, of the Integrated Ecosystem Model (IEM) for Alaska and Northwest Canada project.

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