Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Biogeosciences, 12, 513–526, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-513-2015

Special issue: Impacts of extreme climate events and disturbances on carbon...

Biogeosciences, 12, 513–526, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-513-2015

Research article 27 Jan 2015

Research article | 27 Jan 2015

Moderate forest disturbance as a stringent test for gap and big-leaf models

B. Bond-Lamberty et al.

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AR by Ben Bond-Lamberty on behalf of the Authors (24 Oct 2014)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (31 Oct 2014) by Jingfeng Xiao
AR by Ben Bond-Lamberty on behalf of the Authors (10 Dec 2014)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (11 Dec 2014) by Jingfeng Xiao
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How will aging forests behave as they undergo ecological transitions? Can our models, which support scientific, policy, and management analyses, accurately simulate these transitions? We tested whether three forest ecosystem models could reproduce dynamics observed in an experimentally manipulated forest in northern Michigan, USA. None of the models fully captured the post-disturbance C fluxes observed, raising doubts about their ability to simulate tree death after moderate disturbances.
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