Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 587–606, 2016
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 587–606, 2016

Model description paper 12 Feb 2016

Model description paper | 12 Feb 2016

A global scale mechanistic model of photosynthetic capacity (LUNA V1.0)

A. A. Ali et al.


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Short summary
We have developed a mechanistic model of leaf utilization of nitrogen for assimilation (LUNA V1.0) to predict the photosynthetic capacities at the global scale based on the optimization of key leaf-level metabolic processes. LUNA model predicts that future climatic changes would mostly affect plant photosynthetic capabilities in high-latitude regions and that Earth system models using fixed photosynthetic capabilities are likely to substantially overestimate future global photosynthesis.