Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-1321-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-1321-2017
Methods for assessment of models
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28 Mar 2017
Methods for assessment of models |  | 28 Mar 2017

Data-mining analysis of the global distribution of soil carbon in observational databases and Earth system models

Shoji Hashimoto, Kazuki Nanko, Boris Ťupek, and Aleksi Lehtonen

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Soil organic carbon (SOC) stock simulated by Earth system models (ESMs) and those of observational databases are not well correlated when the two are compared at fine grid scales. To identify the key factors that govern global SOC distribution, we applied a data-mining scheme to observational databases and outputs from ESMs. This study not only identifies key factors but it also presents a new approach that compares the observational databases with ESM outputs.