Articles | Volume 14, issue 20
Biogeosciences, 14, 4711–4732, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-4711-2017

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

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.

Related authors

Simple process-led algorithms for simulating habitats (SPLASH v.1.0): robust indices of radiation, evapotranspiration and plant-available moisture
Tyler W. Davis, I. Colin Prentice, Benjamin D. Stocker, Rebecca T. Thomas, Rhys J. Whitley, Han Wang, Bradley J. Evans, Angela V. Gallego-Sala, Martin T. Sykes, and Wolfgang Cramer
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 689–708, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-689-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-689-2017, 2017
Short summary
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
Biogeosciences, 13, 3245–3265, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3245-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3245-2016, 2016
Short summary

Related subject area

Biogeochemistry: Modelling, Terrestrial
Model simulations of arctic biogeochemistry and permafrost extent are highly sensitive to the implemented snow scheme in LPJ-GUESS
Alexandra Pongracz, David Wårlind, Paul A. Miller, and Frans-Jan W. Parmentier
Biogeosciences, 18, 5767–5787, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-5767-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-5767-2021, 2021
Short summary
Theoretical insights from upscaling Michaelis–Menten microbial dynamics in biogeochemical models: a dimensionless approach
Chris H. Wilson and Stefan Gerber
Biogeosciences, 18, 5669–5679, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-5669-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-5669-2021, 2021
Short summary
A robust initialization method for accurate soil organic carbon simulations
Eva Kanari, Lauric Cécillon, François Baudin, Hugues Clivot, Fabien Ferchaud, Sabine Houot, Florent Levavasseur, Bruno Mary, Laure Soucémarianadin, Claire Chenu, and Pierre Barré
Biogeosciences Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2021-246,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2021-246, 2021
Revised manuscript accepted for BG
Short summary
Estimated effect of the permafrost carbon feedback on the zero emissions commitment to climate change
Andrew H. MacDougall
Biogeosciences, 18, 4937–4952, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-4937-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-4937-2021, 2021
Short summary
Evaluation of carbonyl sulfide biosphere exchange in the Simple Biosphere Model (SiB4)
Linda M. J. Kooijmans, Ara Cho, Jin Ma, Aleya Kaushik, Katherine D. Haynes, Ian Baker, Ingrid T. Luijkx, Mathijs Groenink, Wouter Peters, John B. Miller, Joseph A. Berry, Jérôme Ogée, Laura K. Meredith, Wu Sun, Kukka-Maaria Kohonen, Timo Vesala, Ivan Mammarella, Huilin Chen, Felix M. Spielmann, Georg Wohlfahrt, Max Berkelhammer, Mary E. Whelan, Kadmiel Maseyk, Ulli Seibt, Roisin Commane, Richard Wehr, and Maarten Krol
Biogeosciences Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2021-192,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2021-192, 2021
Revised manuscript accepted for BG
Short summary

Cited articles

Abramowitz, G.: Towards a public, standardized, diagnostic benchmarking system for land surface models, Geosci. Model Dev., 5, 819–827, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-5-819-2012, 2012.
Abramowitz, G., Leuning, R., Clark, M., and Pitman, A.: Evaluating the Performance of Land Surface Models, J. Climate, 21, 5468–5481, https://doi.org/10.1175/2008JCLI2378.1, 2008.
Asner, G. P., Vaughn, N., Smit, I. P. J., and Levick, S.: Ecosystem-scale effects of megafauna in African savannas, Ecography, 39, 240–252, https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.01640, 2016.
Aubinet, M., Vesala, T., and Papale, D.: Eddy Covariance – A Practical Guide to Measurement and Data Analysis, edited by: Aubinet, M., Vesala, T., and Papale, D., Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2012.
Download
Short summary
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.
Altmetrics
Final-revised paper
Preprint