Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3245-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3245-2016
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03 Jun 2016
Research article |  | 03 Jun 2016

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

Rhys Whitley, Jason Beringer, Lindsay B. Hutley, Gab Abramowitz, Martin G. De Kauwe, Remko Duursma, Bradley Evans, Vanessa Haverd, Longhui Li, Youngryel Ryu, Benjamin Smith, Ying-Ping Wang, Mathew Williams, and Qiang Yu

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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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