Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 4347–4374, 2019
Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 4347–4374, 2019

Model evaluation paper 14 Oct 2019

Model evaluation paper | 14 Oct 2019

The biophysics, ecology, and biogeochemistry of functionally diverse, vertically and horizontally heterogeneous ecosystems: the Ecosystem Demography model, version 2.2 – Part 2: Model evaluation for tropical South America

Marcos Longo et al.

Model code and software

Ecosystem Demography Model, version 2.2 Marcos Longo; Ryan G. Knox; David M. Medvigy; Naomi M. Levine; Michael C. Dietze; Abigail L. S. Swann; Ke Zhang; Christine R. Rollinson; Manfredo di Porcia e Brugnera; Daniel Scott; Shawn P. Serbin; Rob Kooper; Afshin Pourmokhtarian; Alexey Shiklomanov; Toni Viskari; Paul Moorcroft

Short summary
The Ecosystem Demography model calculates the fluxes of heat, water, and carbon between plants and ground and the air, and the life cycle of plants in different climates. To test if our calculations were reasonable, we compared our results with field and satellite measurements. Our model predicts well the extent of the Amazon forest, how much light forests absorb, and how much water forests release to the air. However, it must improve the tree growth rates and how fast dead plants decompose.