1. General Model Information

Name: Mountain Climate Simulator

Acronym: MTCLIM

Main medium: air
Main subject: meteorology
Organization level:
Type of model: not specified
Main application:


Steven W. Running
School of Forestry
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
Telephone No.: (406) 243-6311
Fax No.: (406) 243-4510
E-Mail: swr@ntsg.umt.edu

Ramakrishna R. Nemani
Numerical Terradynamics Simulation Group
University of Montana
E-Mail: nemani@ntsg.umt.edu



Complex mountainous topography produces very strong gradients of meteorological conditions. For example, increasing elevation decreases temperature and increases precipitation. Southwest aspects receive much more solar radiation then north aspects. This project is building computer algorithms to calculate variable microclimate conditions of daily temperature, humidity, solar radiation and precipitation using simple weather station data from airports. The final computer models will build continuous daily maps of these conditions. These microclimate maps can be used to help define forest site quality, regeneration survival, wildlife habitat, snowmelt rates, fire danger and many other resource management applications.

II. Technical Information

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III. Mathematical Information

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IV. References

Running et. al. (1987): ????.
Canadian J of Forest Research 17:472-483.

V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web


VI. Additional remarks


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