Recent LoCo-related Publications by the WG

Diagnostic Development

  • Guillod, B.P., et al., 2014: Land-surface controls on afternoon precipitation diagnosed from observational data: uncertainties and confounding factors. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 14, 8343–8367. (TFS + OBS)
  • Findell, Kirsten L., Pierre Gentine, Benjamin R. Lintner, and Benoit P. Guillod. Data Length Requirements for Observational Estimates of Land-Atmosphere Coupling Strength. J. Hydrometeor., in press.
  • Tawfik, A.B., P.A. Dirmeyer, and J.A. Santanello, 2014. The heated condensation framework. Part I: Description and Southern Great Plains case study. J. Hydrometeor., revisions. (HCL)
  • Tawfik, A.B., P.A. Dirmeyer, and J.A. Santanello, 2014. The heated condensation framework. Part II: Climatological behavior of convective initiation and land-atmosphere coupling over the continental United States. J. Hydrometeor., revisions. (HCL)
  • Lintner B.R., P. Gentine, K.L. Findell, and G. Salvucci
. The complementary relationship and Budyko curve: A large-scale land-atmosphere perspective. HESS.
  • Roundy, J.K., and E.F. Wood, 2015. The attribution of land-atmosphere interactions on the seasonal predictability of drought. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 16(2), 793–810. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-14-0121.1. (CDI)
  • Roundy, J.K., and A. Santanello, 2015. Global satellite remote sensing observations of land-atmosphere interactions for understanding drought mechanisms (in prep).

Soil Moisture-Precipitation Coupling

  • Guillod, B.P., et al., 2015. Reconciling spatial and temporal soil moisture effects on afternoon rainfall. Nat. Commun. 6:6443 doi: 10.1038/ncomms7443 . (Pos/Neg SM-P Feedbacks)
  • Rieck M., C. Hohenegger, P. Gentine. 
The effect of moist convection on thermally induced mesoscale circulations. QJRMS.
  • Dirmeyer, P.A., and S. Halder, 2016. Sensitivity of surface fluxes and atmospheric boundary layer properties to initial soil moisture variations in CFSv2. Wea. Fcst., 31, 1973-1983, doi: 10.1175/WAF-D-16-0049.1.
  • Kumar, S.V., P.A. Dirmeyer, C.D. Peters-Lidard, and R. Bindlish, 2017. Information theoretic evaluation of satellite soil moisture retrievals. Remote Sens. Env., submitted.
  • Lawston, P., J. Santanello et al., 2017. Assessment of Irrigation Physics in a Land Surface Modeling Framework using Non-Traditional and Human-Practice Datasets. HESS, accepted.
  • Kolassa, J., P. Gentine, C. Prigent, and F. Aires, 2017. Soil moisture retrieval from AMSR-E and ASCAT microwave observation synergy: Product presentation and synergy. Remote Sens. Env.
  • Gentine, P., A. Chhang, A. Rigden, and G. Salvucci, 2016. Evaporative fraction estimates using weather station data and boundary layer theory. Geophys. Res. Lett., doi10.1002/2016GL070819.
  • Creakier, N.Y., M.J. Puma, B.I. Cook, P. Gentine, L. Nazarenko, and M. Kelly, 2016. Ocean-Atmosphere interactions modulate irrigation’s climate impact. Earth Sys. Dyn.
  • Merlin, O., P. Gentine et al., 2016. Modeling soil evaporation efficiency in a range of soil and atmospheric conditions: A downward approach based on multi-site data. Water Resour. Res., doi: 10.1002/2015WR018233.

Mesoscale Modeling and Weather

  • Santanello, J.A., Kumar, C. Peters-Lidard, and P. Lawston, 2015: Impact of Soil Moisture Assimilation on Land Surface Model Spinup and Coupled Land-Atmosphere Prediction. J. Hydromet. (Submitted April 2015).
  • Lawston, P., A. Santanello, and B. Zaitchik, 2014: Impact of Irrigation Methods on LSM Spin-up and Initialization of WRF Forecasts. J. Hydromet. (Accepted February 2015).
  • Dirmeyer, P.A., and S. Halder, 2017. Application of the land-atmosphere coupling paradigm to the operational Coupled Forecast System (CFSv2). J. Hydrometeor., 18, 85-108, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-16-0064.1.
  • Gentine P., A. Garelli, S. Park, J. Nie, G. Torri, and Z. Kuang Z., 2016. Role of surface heat fluxes underneath cold pools. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43 (2), 874-883.

GCM/RA/CMIP/LULCC Coupling Applications

  • Dirmeyer, P.A., Z. Wang, M.J. Mbuh, and H.E. Norton, 2014. Intensified land surface control on boundary layer growth in a changing climate. Res. Lett., 41, 1290-1294, doi: 10.1002/2013GL058826.
  • Dirmeyer, P.A., G. Fang, Z. Wang, P. Yadav, and A. Milton, 2014. Climate change and sectors of the surface water cycle In CMIP5 projections. Earth Sys. Sci. (submitted).
  • Berg, A., Lintner, K. Findell, S. Seneviratne, B. van den Hurk, F. Cheruy, A. Ducharne, S. Hagemann, D. Lawrence, S. Malyshev, A. Meier, and P. Gentine, 2015. Interannual coupling between summertime surface temperature and precipitation: processes and implications for climate change. J. Climate.
  • Couvreux, F., et al.. Daytime moist convection over the semi-arid Tropics: impact of parametrizations in CMIP5 and other models. QJRMS, pdf.
  • Santanello, J.A., P. Dirmeyer, and J. Roundy, 2015. Quantifying the Land-Atmosphere Coupling Behavior in Modern Reanalysis Products over the U.S. Southern Great Plains. J. Climate.
  • Findell, K., et al., 2017. The impact of historical land use/land cover change on regional climate extremes. Nature Comm., under review.
  • Berg, A., B. Lintner, K. Findell, and A. Giannini, 2017. Soil moisture influence on seasonality and large-scale circulation in simulations of the West African Monsoon. J. Climate, 30, 2295–2317, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0877.1.
  • Berg, A., K. Findell, B. Lintner, A. Giannini, et al., 2016. Land-atmosphere feedbacks amplify aridity increase over land under global warming. Nat. Clim. Change, 6, 869-874, doi: 10.1038/nclimate3029.
  • Chen, L., P.A. Dirmeyer, A. Tawfik, and D.M. Lawrence, 2017. Sensitivities of land cover-precipitation feedback to convective triggering. J. Hydrometeor., in revision.
  • Chen, L. and P.A. Dirmeyer, 2017: Impacts of land use/land cover change on afternoon precipitation over North America. J. Climate, 30, 2121-2140, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0589.1.
  • Tawfik, A.B., D.M. Lawrence, and P.A. Dirmeyer, 2017. Representing sub-grid convective initiation in the Community Earth System Model. J. Adv. Mod. Earth Sys., in revision.
  • Nair, U., R. Pielke, M. Shepherd, J. Santanello, et al., 2017. Brown Ocean Effect on the Louisiana August 2016 Extreme Flooding Event. Submitted to Nature Climate Change (May 2017).
  • Tölle, M.H., S. Engler, H.-J. Panitz, 2016. Impact of abrupt land cover changes by tropical deforestation on South-East Asian climate and agriculture. J. Climate, 30, 2587-2600, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0131.1.


  • Roundy, J.K., and J.A. Santanello, 2017: Utility of Satellite Remote Sensing for Land–Atmosphere Coupling and Drought Metrics. J. Hydrometeor., 18, 863-877.

SGP Coupling

  • Phillips, T., S. Klein, H-Y Ma, Q. Tang, S. Xie, I. Williams, M. Torn, J.A. Santanello, D. Cook, 2017:.Using ARM Observations to Evaluate Climate Model Simulations of Land-Atmosphere Coupling on over the U.S. Southern Great Plains. J. Geophys Res., under review.

Cloud/Radiative Coupling

  • Betts, A.K., R. Desjardins, A.C.M. Beljaars, and A. Tawfik, 2015. Observational study of land-surface-cloud-atmosphere coupling on daily timescales. Front. Earth Sci. 3:13.
  • Betts, A.K. and A.B. Tawfik, 2016. Annual Climatology of the Diurnal Cycle on the Canadian Prairies. Front. Earth Sci. 4:1, 1-23. doi: 10.3389/feart.2016.00001.
  • Betts, A.K., A.B. Tawfik and R.L. Desjardins, 2017. Revisiting Hydrometeorology using cloud and climate observations. J. Hydrometeor., 18, 939-955,

PBL Observations

  • Wulfmeyer, V., et al., 2015. A review of the remote sensing of lower-tropospheric thermodynamic profiles and its indispensable role for the understanding and the simulation of water and energy cycles. Rev. Geophys. 53, 819–895, doi: 10.1002/2014RG000476.
  • Wulfmeyer, V., et al., 2016. Determination of convective boundary layer entrainment fluxes, dissipation rates, and the molecular destruction of variances: Theoretical description and a strategy for its confirmation with a novel lidar system synergy. J. Atmos. Sci. 73, 667-692, doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-14-0392.1.
  • Milovac, J., K. Warrach-Sagi, A. Behrendt, F. Späth, J. Ingwersen, and V. Wulfmeyer, 2016. Investigation of PBL schemes combining the WRF model simulations with scanning water vapor differential absorption lidar measurements. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 121, 624–649, doi: 10.1002/2015JD023927.
  • Knist, S., V. Wulfmeyer, et al., 2016. Land-atmosphere coupling in EURO-CORDEX evaluation experiments. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 122, 79-103, doi: 10.1002/2016JD025476.

Surface Layer

  • McColl, K., G. Katul, C. van Heerwaarden, P. Gentine, D. Entekhabi, 2017. Role of large eddies in the breakdown of the Reynolds analogy in an idealized unstable atmospheric surface layer. Q. J. R. Meteorol. Soc.
  • Cheng, Y., C. Sayde, J. Selker, and P. Gentine, 2017. Failure of Taylor’s hypothesis in the atmospheric surface layer and its correction. Geo. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1002/2017GL073499.


  • Green, J., A. Konings, J. Kolassa, H. Alemohammad, D. Entekhabi, and P. Gentine, 2017. Hotspots of biosphere-atmosphere feedbacks. Nature Geo.
  • Konings, A., P. Williams, and P. Gentine, 2017. Sensitivity of grassland productivity to aridity controlled by stomatal and xylem regulation. Nature Geo., doi :10.1038/ngeo2903.
  • Lemordant, L., P. Drobinksy, M. Stefanon, S. Fatichi, and P. Gentine. CO2 fertilization could mitigate heat waves and exacerbate summer dryness in future climate. Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1002/2016GL069896.
  • Konings, A., and P. Gentine, 2016. Global variations in Ecosystem-scale Isohydricity. Glob. Change Biol., doi: 10.1111/gcb.13389.