Articles | Volume 20, issue 17
Ideas and perspectives
06 Sep 2023
Ideas and perspectives |  | 06 Sep 2023

Ideas and perspectives: Beyond model evaluation – combining experiments and models to advance terrestrial ecosystem science

Silvia Caldararu, Victor Rolo, Benjamin D. Stocker, Teresa E. Gimeno, and Richard Nair


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Short summary
Ecosystem manipulative experiments are large experiments in real ecosystems. They include processes such as species interactions and weather that would be omitted in more controlled settings. They offer a high level of realism but are underused in combination with vegetation models used to predict the response of ecosystems to global change. We propose a workflow using models and ecosystem experiments together, taking advantage of the benefits of both tools for Earth system understanding.
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