Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-587-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-587-2016
Model description paper
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12 Feb 2016
Model description paper |  | 12 Feb 2016

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

A. A. Ali, C. Xu, A. Rogers, R. A. Fisher, S. D. Wullschleger, E. C. Massoud, J. A. Vrugt, J. D. Muss, N. G. McDowell, J. B. Fisher, P. B. Reich, and C. J. Wilson

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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.