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A Joint Soil-Vegetation-Atmospheric Modeling Procedure of Water Isotopologues: Implementation and Application to Different Climate Zones With WRF-Hydro-Iso

Arnault, J.; Jung, G.; Haese, B.; Fersch, B.; Rummler, T.; Wei, J.; Zhang, Z.; Kunstmann, H.

Water isotopologues, as natural tracers of the hydrological cycle on Earth, provide a unique way to assess the skill of climate models in representing realistic atmospheric-terrestrial water pathways. This study presents the newly developed WRF-Hydro-iso, which is a version of the coupled atmospheric-hydrological WRF-Hydro model enhanced with a joint soil-vegetation-atmospheric description of water isotopologue motions. It allows the consideration of isotopic fractionation processes during water phase changes in the atmosphere, the land surface, and the subsurface. For validation, WRF-Hydro-iso is applied to two different climate zones, namely Europe and Southern Africa under the present climate conditions. Each case is modeled with a domain employing a 5 km grid-spacing coupled with a terrestrial subgrid employing a 500 m grid-spacing in order to represent lateral terrestrial water flow. A 10-year slice is simulated for 2003–2012, using ERA5 reanalyses as driving data. The boundary condition of isotopic variables is prescribed with mean values from a 10-year simulation with the Community Earth System Model Version 1. WRF-Hydro-iso realistically reproduces the climatological variations of the isotopic concentrations σ$_{P}$$^{18}$O and σ$_{P}$$^{2}$H from the Global Network of Isotopes in Precipitation. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000139746
Veröffentlicht am 12.11.2021
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1942-2466
KITopen-ID: 1000139746
Erschienen in Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems
Verlag American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Band 13
Heft 10
Seiten e2021MS002562
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