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Title: Do dynamic global vegetation models capture the seasonality of carbon fluxes in the Amazon basin? A data-model intercomparison
Authors: Restrepo-Coupé, Natalia
Levine, Naomi Marcil
Christoffersen, Bradley O.
Albert, Loren P.
Wu, Jin
Costa, Marcos Heil
Galbraith, David R.
Imbuzeiro, Hewlley Maria Acioli
Martins, Giordane Augusto
Araujo, Alessandro C. da
Malhi, Yadvinder Singh
Zeng, Xubin
Moorcroft, Paul R.
Saleska, Scott Reid
Keywords: Carbon Flux
Climate Change
Eddy Covariance
Tropical Forest
Vegetation Dynamics
Amazon Basin
Carbon Cycle
Climate Change
Carbon Cycle
Climate Change
Issue Date: 2017
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Global Change Biology
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 23, Número 1, Pags. 191-208
Abstract: To predict forest response to long-term climate change with high confidence requires that dynamic global vegetation models (DGVMs) be successfully tested against ecosystem response to short-term variations in environmental drivers, including regular seasonal patterns. Here, we used an integrated dataset from four forests in the Brasil flux network, spanning a range of dry-season intensities and lengths, to determine how well four state-of-the-art models (IBIS, ED2, JULES, and CLM3.5) simulated the seasonality of carbon exchanges in Amazonian tropical forests. We found that most DGVMs poorly represented the annual cycle of gross primary productivity (GPP), of photosynthetic capacity (Pc), and of other fluxes and pools. Models simulated consistent dry-season declines in GPP in the equatorial Amazon (Manaus K34, Santarem K67, and Caxiuanã CAX); a contrast to observed GPP increases. Model simulated dry-season GPP reductions were driven by an external environmental factor, ‘soil water stress’ and consequently by a constant or decreasing photosynthetic infrastructure (Pc), while observed dry-season GPP resulted from a combination of internal biological (leaf-flush and abscission and increased Pc) and environmental (incoming radiation) causes. Moreover, we found models generally overestimated observed seasonal net ecosystem exchange (NEE) and respiration (Re) at equatorial locations. In contrast, a southern Amazon forest (Jarú RJA) exhibited dry-season declines in GPP and Re consistent with most DGVMs simulations. While water limitation was represented in models and the primary driver of seasonal photosynthesis in southern Amazonia, changes in internal biophysical processes, light-harvesting adaptations (e.g., variations in leaf area index (LAI) and increasing leaf-level assimilation rate related to leaf demography), and allocation lags between leaf and wood, dominated equatorial Amazon carbon flux dynamics and were deficient or absent from current model formulations. Correctly simulating flux seasonality at tropical forests requires a greater understanding and the incorporation of internal biophysical mechanisms in future model developments. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1111/gcb.13442
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