Articles | Volume 9, issue 11
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 4227–4255, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-4227-2016
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 4227–4255, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-4227-2016

Model description paper 24 Nov 2016

Model description paper | 24 Nov 2016

Linking hydraulic traits to tropical forest function in a size-structured and trait-driven model (TFS v.1-Hydro)

Bradley O. Christoffersen et al.

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We developed a plant hydraulics model for tropical forests based on established plant physiological theory, and parameterized it by conducting a pantropical hydraulic trait survey. We show that a substantial amount of trait diversity can be represented in the model by a reduced set of trait dimensions. The fully parameterized model is able capture tree-level variation in water status and improves simulations of total ecosystem transpiration, showing how to incorporate hydraulic traits in models.