Articles | Volume 8, issue 6
Model description paper
17 Jun 2015
Model description paper |  | 17 Jun 2015

Representing life in the Earth system with soil microbial functional traits in the MIMICS model

W. R. Wieder, A. S. Grandy, C. M. Kallenbach, P. G. Taylor, and G. B. Bonan


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Short summary
Projecting biogeochemical responses to environmental change requires multi-scaled perspectives. However, microbes, the drivers of soil organic matter decomposition and stabilization, remain notably absent from models used to project carbon cycle–climate feedbacks. Here, we apply and evaluate representations of microbial functional diversity across scales and find that such representations may be critical to accurately project soil carbon dynamics in a changing world.