Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Biogeosciences, 13, 3245–3265, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3245-2016

Special issue: OzFlux: a network for the study of ecosystem carbon and water...

Biogeosciences, 13, 3245–3265, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3245-2016

Research article 03 Jun 2016

Research article | 03 Jun 2016

A model inter-comparison study to examine limiting factors in modelling Australian tropical savannas

Rhys Whitley et al.

Data sets

OzFlux: Australian and New Zealand Flux Research and Monitoring P. Isaac and E. van Gorsel http://data.ozflux.org.au

Digital Atlas of Australian Soils R. F. Isbell http://www.asris.csiro.au/downloads/Atlas/soilAtlas2M.zip

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In this study we assess how well terrestrial biosphere models perform at predicting water and carbon cycling for savanna ecosystems. We apply our models to five savanna sites in Northern Australia and highlight key causes for model failure. Our assessment of model performance uses a novel benchmarking system that scores a model’s predictive ability based on how well it is utilizing its driving information. On average, we found the models as a group display only moderate levels of performance.
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