Articles | Volume 12, issue 5
Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 2069–2089, 2019
Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 2069–2089, 2019

Methods for assessment of models 28 May 2019

Methods for assessment of models | 28 May 2019

The quasi-equilibrium framework revisited: analyzing long-term CO2 enrichment responses in plant–soil models

Mingkai Jiang et al.

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Here we used a simple analytical framework developed by Comins and McMurtrie (1993) to investigate how different model assumptions affected plant responses to elevated CO2. This framework is useful in revealing both the consequences and the mechanisms through which different assumptions affect predictions. We therefore recommend the use of this framework to analyze the likely outcomes of new assumptions before introducing them to complex model structures.