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A review on dissolved organic carbon modeling

Researchgate and Mendeley recommend some nice papers to me based on my own publications. Here are some quick review on the DOC modeling I read today.

The first one:
Simulation of dissolved organic carbon concentrations and fluxes in Chinese monsoon forest ecosystems using a modified TRIPLEX-DOC model
This model is unlikely ready for spatial simulation. It does not consider DOC from litterfall as well.
There is some confusion about the term "DOC leaching", which should include both from litter and soil.

The second one:
ORCHIDEE MICT-LEAK (r5459), a global model for the production, transport, and transformation of dissolved organic carbon from Arctic permafrost regions–Part 1: Rationale, model description, and simulation protocol
This model seems to very complex in terms for DOC modeling. It does capture some most important processes. But some statements are not convincing due to the complexity of the model. Also, it does not consider lateral flow process well enough.

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My concern is how to map ELM runoff to RAPID because the scales of these two models are very different. ELM is usually at 50km to 100km and RAPID might be around 100m. If the resolutions are different, great uncertainty might be introduced.

A review on litter decomposition modeling

Litter decomposition involves series of processes.

Hydrological control nearly occurs throughout the whole decomposition process. As a result, if there is water-soluble materials in the litter, the leaching will take them out.

The water-soluble materials include Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC).

Also some particulate materials (Particulate Organic Carbon (POC), etc.) may leach out.

The impact of ice content on hydraulic conductivity

In most aquifer test, the hydraulic conductivity is a function of the material, but it does not explicitly consider the impact of ice content on K.
When soil or any material is partially or fully frozen, its actual K will decrease significantly. Here I want to explore how to model this impact in soil hydrology model. Special attention will be paid to the different impacts on vertical and horizontal K, respectively.

Paper discussion special issue the ECO3D model

Recently we have published a paper on Journal of Advanced Modeling of Earth System.

This is also a personal milestone because it is the last chapter of my PhD thesis. Below I will provide some details of this work.

In many of my earlier posts, I have discussed that our Earth system is always evolving in a three dimensional domain. The water flows, the atmosphere flows as well.
However, in our numerical simulations, we do not always use 3D method. Sometimes we just don’t felt it necessary. For example, we always assume rain drops on land surface in vertical direction even though rain can attack our windows with an angel.
In some other scenarios, we don’t use 3D because of computational resources. We can build a fully 3D model. But it is not useable if we don’t have the computer power to run it.
Land surface model is an important component in ESM. But current generation of LSM is 1D instead of 3D. There are many reason…

Paper discussion

Recently I started a series to discuss my own publications. The problem is I only have limited publications.

So I decided to start a new series: paper discussion of others' publications.

At PNNL, I have co-chaired the YSPD for one year and received lots of feedbacks on paper discussions. I think it might help other researchers as well.

Here are some guidelines:

I will only provide comments on papers I was not a reviewer so it in unofficial and not credential.I will be straightforward if possible.I may also comments on models and method. Thank you.

Actions that might help fighting climate change

As an Earth science researcher, I talk a lot about climate change. But most of time I was basically sending message stating that climate change is real and bad. I didn't spend much time thinking and explaining what should we do to battle climate change.

Certainly we can slow down our pace in terms of civilization developments, which will slow down climate change maybe. For example, if we slow down the rate population moving from rural area to urban area, it helps because it is likely to decrease emission.

There are many thing we should slow down:

Stop building big citiesStop building highwayStop building houses, especially in natural systemReduce meat consumptionSlow down vehicle productionReduce ocean explorationStop using non renewable energy All above could fight climate change, to some extent. But that is not enough because it is only slowing the trend down.
Something else we should do to reverse the engine Plant more trees for sure.Remove highway and build high speed trainsRemo…