Welcome to VOM’s documentation!

The vegetation optimality model was developed to model the water use by natural vegetation for use in hydrological models. The aim of the model is to predict vegetation water use based on meterological information, soils and topography only, without the need for prescribing site-specific vegetation properties or calibration against observed fluxes.

Indices and tables


The original theory and equations used in the model are described in:

S. J. Schymanski. Transpiration as the Leak in the Carbon Factory: A Model of Self-Optimising Vegetation. PhD thesis, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 2007.


Author Contact: Stan Schymanski Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology www.list.lu

Code availability: https://github.com/schymans/VOM

Date of first version: April 2006