Articles | Volume 16, issue 23
Research article
03 Dec 2019
Research article |  | 03 Dec 2019

Competition alters predicted forest carbon cycle responses to nitrogen availability and elevated CO2: simulations using an explicitly competitive, game-theoretic vegetation demographic model

Ensheng Weng, Ray Dybzinski, Caroline E. Farrior, and Stephen W. Pacala

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Our study illustrates that the competition processes for light and soil resources in a game-theoretic vegetation demographic model can substantially change the prediction of the contribution of ecosystems to the global carbon cycle. The model that tracks the competitive allocation strategies can generate significantly different ecosystem-level predictions than those with fixed allocation strategies.
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