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Volume 14, issue 20
Biogeosciences, 14, 4711–4732, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-4711-2017
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Special issue: OzFlux: a network for the study of ecosystem carbon and water...

Biogeosciences, 14, 4711–4732, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-4711-2017
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Reviews and syntheses 24 Oct 2017

Reviews and syntheses | 24 Oct 2017

Challenges and opportunities in land surface modelling of savanna ecosystems

Rhys Whitley et al.

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This paper attempts to review some of the current challenges faced by the modelling community in simulating the behaviour of savanna ecosystems. We provide a particular focus on three dynamic processes (phenology, root-water access, and fire) that are characteristic of savannas, which we believe are not adequately represented in current-generation terrestrial biosphere models. We highlight reasons for these misrepresentations, possible solutions and a future direction for research in this area.
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