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On the Intercontinental Transferability of Regional Climate Model Response to Severe Forestation

Climate 2022, 10(10), 138; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli10100138
by Olivier Asselin 1,*, Martin Leduc 1, Dominique Paquin 1, Alejandro Di Luca 2, Katja Winger 2, Melissa Bukovsky 3, Biljana Music 1 and Michel Giguère 1
Reviewer 1:
Reviewer 2: Anonymous
Reviewer 3:
Climate 2022, 10(10), 138; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli10100138
Submission received: 11 August 2022 / Revised: 7 September 2022 / Accepted: 13 September 2022 / Published: 23 September 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Climate Dynamics and Modelling)

Round 1

Reviewer 1 Report

This paper compared an ideal study of land cover change using three regional climate models, all trees or grasses in regions of vegetation. The models have a reasonable common response in surface temperature in winter but not so in summer. The results are interesting and deserves publication. The paper is well written and I have not much to say to improve it. Here are two thing I noticed:

1. The quality of the figures need  improve, all figures in the format I downloaded are blur.

2. Equation (1) has SH', but not mentioned in the text. Is this a typo?

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Reviewer 2 Report

I went carefully through the paper entitled "On the Intercontinental Transferability of Regional Climate Model Response to Sever Forestation".

I consider the work of interest, especially in the context of new climate scenarios that need to be developed. However, I could not recommend it for publication in the Climate journal at its current stage. I would like to raise several issues to discuss with the authors, which I believe must be addressed before considering the acceptance of a manuscript.

The main concern I have about the paper is with respect to the aim of the research which is “[…]LUCAS findings specific to Europe, may they be applicable to North America as well?” but a simple analysis like in Figure 3, as well as the phrase, "[...] scatter and trend of the two continents, overlap strongly" is not enough more in the deep analysis ( statistical-mathematical) is necessary.

In the Result section appear a series of issues that decrease the value of research for example the authors have said “comparing figures 4 and 5 reveals a significant negative correlation between temperature and EF”. But where is the negative correlation emphasized in figures 4 and 5?. In this context, the research became confused and without consistency furthermore, without novelty.

What was the reason that the authors chose to run three models across NA and only one from Europe? This aspect creates confusion.

To create a value of results the research needs a Conclusion section.

 

With the issues above, I would have to suggest the authors consider a reconceptualization of their work and new submission.

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Reviewer 3 Report

This study was based on forest (grass) physical feedback of climate change, using a new ensemble of regional climate simulations over North America and Europe, two region experienced severe forestation. Three combinations of RCMs and land surface models were run over North America, One of them, the CRCM5 was also run over Europe. And the result showed that the CRCM5 response to forestation reveals strong inter-continental similarities. The authors did very valuable work and the result was significant, but in the current state it still needs to do some adjustments.

Detailed comments:

 

1.     In Discussion: “One of the main findings in this paper is that both the northern needleleaf and southern broadleaf forests populating Europe and North America appear at lower, hence sunnier latitudes over the latter, it is thus to be expected that some biogeophysical effects will be magnified, as the primary energy source - sunlight-is more abundant for a given forest family.” It means for the forest cover region, where with the intense solar radiation, the less reflects shortwave radiation, and the more climate warming?  I want to know if considered the longwave radiation, latent and sensible heat fluxes etc.

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Round 2

Reviewer 2 Report

I have observed that the authors considered most of my suggestions. In this respect, I recommend the publication of the article.

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