Note: the list of required variables is not stable yet. You will find in the tables below the variables that are likely to be found in the database, and the variables that were suggested as useful but did not make it to the final list.
Please check Sandy Harrison's
note to get full details about the dust model variables! The
following table lists the variables that either are not required at
all at DAily frequency in the MOTIF database, or
are not required at a high enough frequency (sub-DAily) for the dust
|Variables moved to the Atmosphere Variables' list|
|Other rejected variables|
One difficulty arising from the various variable lists is that much
information is redundant. Part of the problem could be solved by
creating a separate list, called 'land surface processes', which,
basically, would consider the diagnostics and prognostics of the land
Another difficulty is the very large number of variables. The number of variables to be centrally held and managed should not exceed 20 per module and per model, 5 to 10 of which only being compulsary. A more restrictive list presents both advantages of reducing our data storage requirements and improve the intrinsic quality of each variable (better control, quality check, better definition etc.) If a particular model seems to show a response specifically different from the others, it is always time to look at some very specific varibles, with the support of the expert on that model.
Can we make clear what we mean by soil wetness, soil moisture, and soil water content?