Articles | Volume 10, issue 9
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 3499–3517, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-3499-2017
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 3499–3517, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-3499-2017

Model evaluation paper 22 Sep 2017

Model evaluation paper | 22 Sep 2017

Evaluating the effect of alternative carbon allocation schemes in a land surface model (CLM4.5) on carbon fluxes, pools, and turnover in temperate forests

Francesc Montané et al.

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How carbon is allocated to different plant tissues (leaves, stem, and roots) determines carbon residence time and thus remains a central challenge for understanding the global carbon cycle. In this paper, we compared standard and novel carbon allocation schemes in CLM4.5 and evaluated them using eddy covariance wood and leaf biomass. The dynamic scheme based on work by Litton improved model performance, but this was dependent on model assumptions about woody turnover.