"TRIFFID (Top-down Representation of Interactive Foliage and Flora Including Dynamics)" is a dynamic global vegetation model, which updates the plant distribution and soil carbon based on climate-sensitive CO2 fluxes at the land-atmosphere interface. The surface CO2 fluxes associated with photosynthesis and plant respiration are calculated in the MOSES 2 tiled land-surface scheme (Essery et al (In preparation)), on each atmospheric model timestep (normally 30 minutes), for each of 5 plant functional types. The area covered by a plant type is updated (normally every 10 days) based on the net carbon available to it and on the competition with other plant types, which is modelled using a Lotka-Volterra approach. Soil carbon is increased by litterfall, which can arise from local processes such as leaf-drop as well as large-scale disturbances which reduce the vegetated area. Soil carbon is returned to the atmosphere by microbial respiration which occurs at a rate dependent on soil moisture and temperature." Source: TRIFFID documentation

Additional Attributes
Original Model: The original TRIFFID was implement in Fortran.
Purpose: To model the terrestrial carbon cycle component of the Hadley Centre's coupled climate-carbon cycle model.

Related Publications
Peter Cox (2001). Description of the "TRIFFID" Dynamic Global Vegetation Model. Met Office, Hadley Centre Technical Note 24.

Originally submitted to PLaSMo on 2010-01-27 14:00:25

help Creators and Submitter
Additional credit

Robert Muetzelfeldt


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