ORCHIDEE (Organising Carbon and Hydrology In Dynamic Ecosystems) – the land surface model of the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL) earth system model

The ORCHIDEE model –

  • represents the state of the art in global land surface modelling. It is the intent of the development team to remain at the forefront of this exciting field.
  • can be run as part of the IPSL Earth System Model (ESM), but may also be deployed as a stand alone terrestrial biosphere model. The latest version, which can be run in a coupled set-up, may be obtained by submitting a request through our contact page. When run as a stand alone model, thematic versions (or branches) with increased functionality in specific areas are also available.
  • is widely used by researchers in France, China, Belgium, Germany and the USA. It has resulted in a number of publications in high-impact journals such as Nature, Science, PNAS and Nature Geoscience.
  • is well established in the international research community. Its simulations have contributed to the Nobel prize winning efforts of the IPCC, as well as to numerous landmark projects such as the Global Carbon Project, LUCID and iLambs, CMIP3 and CMIP4.

The ORCHIDEE team is continuously enhancing the scientific capacity of the model by means of new developments. At the same time, a persistent effort is maintained to guarantee the quality of the model code and its simulations. If ORCHIDEE can contribute to your research, or your skills and expertise could strengthen our team, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss future collaboration.