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SSiB and its sensitivity to soil properties—a case study using HAPEX-Mobilhy data


In this paper, SSiB's development and some of its major parameterizations in the model are briefly reviewed. The soil moisture parameterizations, which are a key element in the model, are comprehensively described. The sensitivity study shows that hydraulic conductivity at saturation, B parameter, and wilting point have a profound impact on the simulation of soil moisture, but with different features. Both hydraulic conductivity at saturation and B parameter influence the soil moisture simulation by changing the soil hydraulic conductivity and the field capacity. The changes in equilibrium soil water content in this study are consistent with the changes in field capacity. The wilting point affects the soil moisture through vegetation transpiration. Through these sensitivity studies, improvements in modeling the soil moisture content of HAPEX-Mobilhy data are made. The soil moisture simulations at six Russian sites are also re-examined. After applying the results from the sensitivity studies of the HAPEX-Mobilhy data, the soil moisture simulation of the Russian data is significantly improved.

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