Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences

, Volume 47, Issue 5, pp 463–475

A review on vegetation models and applicability to climate simulations at regional scale


DOI: 10.1007/s13143-011-0031-x

Cite this article as:
Myoung, B., Choi, YS. & Park, S.K. Asia-Pacific J Atmos Sci (2011) 47: 463. doi:10.1007/s13143-011-0031-x


The lack of accurate representations of biospheric components and their biophysical and biogeochemical processes is a great source of uncertainty in current climate models. The interactions between terrestrial ecosystems and the climate include exchanges not only of energy, water and momentum, but also of carbon and nitrogen. Reliable simulations of these interactions are crucial for predicting the potential impacts of future climate change and anthropogenic intervention on terrestrial ecosystems. In this paper, two biogeographical (Neilson’s rule-based model and BIOME), two biogeochemical (BIOME-BGC and PnET-BGC), and three dynamic global vegetation models (Hybrid, LPJ, and MC1) were reviewed and compared in terms of their biophysical and physiological processes. The advantages and limitations of the models were also addressed. Lastly, the applications of the dynamic global vegetation models to regional climate simulations have been discussed.

Key words

Vegetation modelbiogeographical modelbiogeochemical modelDGVMregional climate modelclimate change

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© Korean Meteorological Society and Springer Netherlands 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Boksoon Myoung
    • 1
  • Yong-Sang Choi
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Seon Ki Park
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction ResearchEwha Womans UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Science and EngineeringEwha Womans UniversitySeoulKorea
  3. 3.Severe Storm Research CenterEwha Womans UniversitySeoulKorea