Articles | Volume 14, issue 19
Biogeosciences, 14, 4435–4453, 2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 4435–4453, 2017

Ideas and perspectives 09 Oct 2017

Ideas and perspectives | 09 Oct 2017

Ideas and perspectives: how coupled is the vegetation to the boundary layer?

Martin G. De Kauwe et al.

Data sets

Eddy covariance data Fluxdata

Model code and software

Flux_coupling M. De Kauwe

Short summary
Understanding the sensitivity of transpiration to stomatal conductance is critical to simulating the water cycle. This sensitivity is a function of the degree of coupling between the vegetation and the atmosphere. We combined an extensive literature summary with estimates of coupling derived from FLUXNET data. We found notable departures from the values previously reported. These data form a model benchmarking metric to test existing coupling assumptions.
Final-revised paper