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Integrated Model of Land Surface Processes ( INLAND )

    The Integrated Model of Land Surface Processes (Inland) is the land surface package for the Brazilian Earth System Model. The Inland project is coordinated by Marcos Heil Costa (UFV) and Gilvan Sampaio (INPE), with funding from Brazil´s Ministry of Science and Technology programs Rede Clima and INCT.


When completed, Inland will represent a number of land surface processes:

1. Canopy biophysics, including water and energy balance, ice processes, turbulence and aerodynamics;

2. Plant physiology processes, including light interception, photosynthesis and respiration, canopy conductance and interactions with soil fertility;

3. Soil physics, including energy ans water balance, infiltration, surface runoff and deep drainage

4. Short-term vegetation dynamics (phenology);

5. Long-term vegetation dynamics, including GPP, NPP, allocation, primary and secondary growth, mortality and competition among plant functional types;

6. Disturbances and fires;

7. Crop phenology and management, including planting dates, emergence, growth, grain filling, senescence and harvest;

8. Soil biogeochemistry, with varying levels of complexity for carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous;

9. Land surface hydrological processes, including rivers, lakes, wetlands and floodplains.


The model is forced by meteorological hourly data (single point version) or regional daily or monthly climate data (grid version), or can be coupled to regional or global climate models.

Inland is based on IBIS - Integrated Biosphere Simulator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A test version is available for download. Those interested in using Inland 1.0 may download the source code, along with a basic input dataset.

Quick instructions to compile and run Inland are available in the file README1st.txt in the main directory of the uncompressed file. Detailed documentation is available on the directory docs.

Global monthly and daily input data may be downloaded from this link. Downloads may be heavy, though link.