Land Surface Processes

Principal Investigator

Diana Verseghy

Meteorlogical Service of Canada, Downsview


Project Description


The central object of the project is to further develop the Canadian Land Surface Scheme ("CLASS"). The Scientific Advisory Committee of the Climate Research Network has identified CLASS as an essential priority undertaking that will contribute to our understanding of the climate system and thereby respond to the Federal Government's Green Plan. Global General Circulation Models ("GCMs") are the most sophisticated tools for understanding the physical, biological and chemical processes responsible for the maintenance of the climate system, its natural variability and anticipated global changes. Such GCMs are three-dimensional time-dependent simulation models based on the meteorological primitive equations of motion, incorporating a range of processes and capable of representing the state of the atmosphere. These mathematical models are increasingly dependent upon the parametrization of the interaction between the atmosphere and the surface of the land. The purpose of this project is:


For more information on specific initiatives please read
  1. University of Alberta (Grant) Component

  2. University of British Columbia

  3. McGill University

  4. Queen's University

  5. Trent University

  6. University of Waterloo

  7. York University



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Mary Kenderdine
July 10, 1998
1998 Canadian Institute for Climate Studies, CICS, Victoria.