Articles | Volume 25, issue 7
Research article
14 Jul 2021
Research article |  | 14 Jul 2021

Land surface modeling over the Dry Chaco: the impact of model structures, and soil, vegetation and land cover parameters

Michiel Maertens, Gabriëlle J. M. De Lannoy, Sebastian Apers, Sujay V. Kumar, and Sarith P. P. Mahanama


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In this study, we simulated the water balance over the South American Dry Chaco and assessed the impact of land cover changes thereon using three different land surface models. Our simulations indicated that different models result in a different partitioning of the total water budget, but all showed an increase in soil moisture and percolation over the deforested areas. We also found that, relative to independent data, no specific land surface model is significantly better than another.