Model body temperatures
Next, in order to study the distribution of thermal stress, we need to be able to estimate the body temperature of all organisms in the study area at any given moment. For that we will use a land-surface model (LSM). LSMs take lower resolution weather data (e.g., satellite data) and output downscaled estimates of surface temperature. However, LSMs were originally developed for forest ecosystems. Thus, in this task we will implement modifications to NCAR's LSM for use in extremely complex intertidal ecosystems.
The optimization of NCAR's LSM is currently underway, and when ready it will allow for the estimation of body temperatures in all facets of our DEM