×G9. The direction of future land surface modelling within Earth system modelling

Australia’s diverse land surface is unique in many ways, consisting of large desert areas, tropics and savannas, regions with predominantly monsoonal weather patterns, as well as temperate climate zones and alpine regions. It is therefore a challenge to develop a land surface model that can represent all land surface types adequately. In addition, different needs in the hydrological, Earth system sciences, atmospheric, and climate communities require their models to focus on certain land surface modelling aspects.

For this session, we invite contributions that discuss future modelling needs, the synergies that can be developed from the different land surface models, and how those can be better integrated into operational systems, while being supported by relevant infrastructure investments.

Key topics: Land surface modelling, Hydrology, Coupled Earth system