Vegetation Type for the United States and Canada Simulated for the years 2070-2099 as Simulated by the MC1 Model (NA8K version) and Based on Climate Projections from the CSIRO Mk.3 for the SRES A1B Emission Scenario

Apr 28, 2011 (Last modified Nov 8, 2011)
MC1 is a dynamic vegetation model for estimating the distribution of vegetation and associated ecosystem fluxes of carbon, nutrients, and water. It was created to assess the potential impacts of global climate change on ecosystem structure and function at a wide range of spatial scales from landscape to global. The model incorporates transient dynamics to make predictions about the patterns of ecological change. MC1 was created by combining physiologically based biogeographic rules defined in the MAPSS model with a modified version of the biogeochemical model, CENTURY. MC1 includes a fire module, MCFIRE, that mechanistically simulates the occurrence and impacts of fire events. Climate input data sources for this particular run include the Climatic Research Unit (CRU TS 2.0), the Canadian Forest Service, and Parameter-elevation Regressions on Independent Slopes Model (PRISM). CRU data was used to provide the variability (based on anomalies) and CFS and PRISM were used to provide the mean climate for 1961-1990. Alaska and conterminous USA soil was gridded from STATSGO and NATSGO data by Jeff Kern. Canadian soil came from the North American Generalized Soil Data Set (NAGSOIL), Version 0.2.  
Data Provided By:
US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.
Content date:
Daly, C., D. Bachelet, J.M. Lenihan, R.P. Neilson, W. Parton, and D. Ojima, Dynamic simulation of tree-grass interactions for global change studies, Ecological Applications, 10, 449-469, 2000.
Bachelet D, Lenihan JM, Daly C, Neilson RP, Ojima DS, Parton WJ (2001). MC1: A dynamic vegetation model for estimating the distribution of vegetation and associated carbon, nutrients, and water -- technical documentation. Version 1.0. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-508. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. c-minute for the downscaled

Spatial Resolution:
5 arc-minute (approximately 8Km)
Contact Organization:
not specified
Contact Person(s):
Use Constraints:
Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Layer Type:
Currently Visible Layer:
All Layer Options:
Layers in this dataset are based on combinations of the following options. You may choose from these options to select a specific layer on the map page.
Spatial Resolution:
Other Information:
Time Period:
Layer Accuracy:
Attribute Accuracy:
FGDC Standard Metadata XML
Click here to see the full FGDC XML file that was created in Data Basin for this layer.
Original Metadata XML
Click here to see the full XML file that was originally uploaded with this layer.
This dataset is visible to everyone
Dataset Type:
Layer Package
Downloaded by 5 Members
Bookmarked by 1 Member , 1 Group
Included in 1 Public Map , 1 Private Map
Included in 1 Public Gallery

About the Uploader

Conservation Biology Institute

The Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) provides scientific expertise to support the conservation and recovery of biological diversity in its natural state through applied research, education, planning, and community service.