Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 59–76, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-59-2016
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 59–76, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-59-2016

Methods for assessment of models 15 Jan 2016

Methods for assessment of models | 15 Jan 2016

The assessment of a global marine ecosystem model on the basis of emergent properties and ecosystem function: a case study with ERSEM

L. de Mora et al.

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To use models to inform policy or to forecast the impact of climate change, the model must first be shown to be a valid representation of the ecosystem. Here we show an novel method to validate a marine model using its ability to represent ecosystem function. These relationships are the community structure, the carbon to chlorophyll ratio and the stoichiometric balance of the ecosystem. These methods are powerful, valid over large spatial scales and independent of the circulation model.