Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
Model evaluation paper
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14 Oct 2019
Model evaluation paper | Highlight 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, Ryan G. Knox, Naomi M. Levine, Abigail L. S. Swann, David M. Medvigy, Michael C. Dietze, Yeonjoo Kim, Ke Zhang, Damien Bonal, Benoit Burban, Plínio B. Camargo, Matthew N. Hayek, Scott R. Saleska, Rodrigo da Silva, Rafael L. Bras, Steven C. Wofsy, and Paul R. Moorcroft


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AR by Marcos Longo on behalf of the Authors (13 Jul 2019)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (30 Jul 2019) by Christoph Müller
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (20 Aug 2019)
ED: Publish as is (23 Aug 2019) by Christoph Müller
AR by Marcos Longo on behalf of the Authors (03 Sep 2019)  Author's response   Manuscript 
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.