Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 323–361, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-323-2016
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 323–361, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-323-2016

Model description paper 27 Jan 2016

Model description paper | 27 Jan 2016

Competition between plant functional types in the Canadian Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (CTEM) v. 2.0

J. R. Melton and V. K. Arora

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (24 Dec 2015) by Guy Munhoven
AR by Joe Melton on behalf of the Authors (05 Jan 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Jan 2016) by Guy Munhoven
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We use a modified form of the Lotka–Volterra (L–V) equations to simulate competition between plant functional types (PFTs) on a global scale with the Canadian Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (CTEM) version 2.0. Our modified L–V simulations compare well against observation-based records of PFT distributions, while simulations with unmodified L–V equations show significant biases. We include an appendix detailing all aspects of CTEM v. 2.0.