Biome-BGC was primarily designed to be a command line tool in single PC environment (Windows, Mac or Linux/UNIX). Following the logic of the original model, Biome-BGCMuSo is still a command line tool (e.g. under MS Windows is can be best used via the Command Prompt which is the traditional DOS mode). Repeatability of model simulations and handling of the input/output files might be a challangeing task in complex simulations.

In order to support the application of the model for various purposes, a so-called "Biome-BGC Projects Database & Management System" (BBGCDB) was created, which is a virtual research environment. BBGCDB was created within the frame of the BioVeL project and it is the result of the cooperation between the Institute of Ecology and Botany, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Department of Meteorology, Eötvös Loránd University.

BBGCDB is a web based interface to support simulations with the Biome-BGCMuSo model in user-friendly environment (see

BBGCDB works together with the BioVeL Portal that is a repository of Biome-BGC related web services. Management of the input files should be performed first at the BBGCDB, then model execution (including options for single run, sensitivity analysis and model calibration based on the GLUE method) can be performed at the BioVeL portal.

On-line model simulation with Biome-BGCMuSo (and also with the original Biome-BGC v4.1.1) can be performed via BBGCDB and the BioVeL portal with a single web browser.

Please contact us to get account to the BBGCDB environment.
Zoltán BARCZA:

We have compiled a tutorial that describes the firts steps that are needed to use BBGCDB and the BioVeL portal.
The tutorial can be downloaded here [PDF file, 959 kB].