A new multi-layer representation for natural canopies is implemented and evaluated against a comprehensive of observations in DALES. Results show that surface fluxes such as evaporation, sensible heat and carbon dioxide change largely due to the presence of the canopy. These findings have implications on the simulation of atmospheric boundary layer and low-boundary layer clouds. Ruisdael supersites like Loobos can now be more realistic investigated by the new CANOPY-DALES. The full text of the article can be found here.