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Reviews and syntheses: Field data to benchmark the carbon cycle models for tropical forests

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Clark, D. A., Asao, S., Fisher, R., Reed, S., Reich, P. B., Ryan, M. G., Wood, T. E., and Yang, X. (2017). Reviews and syntheses: Field data to benchmark the carbon cycle models for tropical forests, Biogeosciences, 14, 4663-4690, doi:10.5194/bg-14-4663-2017.

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Abstract For more accurate projections of both the global carbon (C) cycle and the changing climate, a critical current need is to improve the representation of tropical forests in Earth system models. Tropical forests exchange more C, energy, and water with the atmosphere than any other class of land ecosystems. Further, tropical-forest C cycling is likely responding to the rapid global warming, intensifying water stress, and increasing atmospheric CO2 levels. Projections of the future C balance of the tropics vary widely among global models. A current effort of the modeling community, the ILAMB (International Land Model Benchmarking) project, is to compile robust observations that can be used to improve the accuracy and realism of [...]

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Divergent projections (colored lines) of the changes in tropical net ecosystem p

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  • John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis

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noteClark, D. A., Asao, S., Fisher, R., Reed, S., Reich, P. B., Ryan, M. G., Wood, T. E., and Yang, X. (2017). Reviews and syntheses: Field data to benchmark the carbon cycle models for tropical forests, Biogeosciences, 14, 4663-4690, doi:10.5194/bg-14-4663-2017.

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