Articles | Volume 24, issue 1
Research article
24 Jan 2020
Research article |  | 24 Jan 2020

On the configuration and initialization of a large-scale hydrological land surface model to represent permafrost

Mohamed E. Elshamy, Daniel Princz, Gonzalo Sapriza-Azuri, Mohamed S. Abdelhamed, Al Pietroniro, Howard S. Wheater, and Saman Razavi


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (03 Oct 2019) by Sean Carey
AR by Mohamed Elshamy on behalf of the Authors (26 Nov 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (17 Dec 2019) by Sean Carey
Short summary
Permafrost is an important feature of cold-region hydrology and needs to be properly represented in hydrological and land surface models (H-LSMs), especially under the observed and expected climate warming trends. This study aims to devise a robust, yet computationally efficient, initialization and parameterization approach for permafrost. We used permafrost observations from three sites along the Mackenzie River valley spanning different permafrost classes to test the validity of the approach.