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Model description paper 27 Mar 2019

Model description paper | 27 Mar 2019

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The biophysics, ecology, and biogeochemistry of functionally diverse, vertically- and horizontally-heterogeneous ecosystems: the Ecosystem Demography Model, version 2.2 — Part 1: Model description

Marcos Longo1,2,3, Ryan G. Knox4,5, David M. Medvigy6, Naomi M. Levine7, Michael C. Dietze8, Yeonjoo Kim9, Abigail L. S. Swann10, Ke Zhang11, Christine R. Rollinson12, Rafael L. Bras13, Steven C. Wofsy1, and Paul R. Moorcroft1 Marcos Longo et al.
  • 1Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States
  • 2Embrapa Agricultural Informatics, Campinas, SP, Brazil
  • 3Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, United States
  • 4Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States
  • 5Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, United States
  • 6University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, United States
  • 7University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 8Boston University, Boston, MA, United States
  • 9Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 03722, Republic of Korea
  • 10University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States
  • 11Hohai University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • 12The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL, United States
  • 13Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, United States

Abstract. Earth System Models (ESMs) have been developed to represent the role of terrestrial ecosystems on the energy, water, and carbon cycles. However, many ESMs still lack representation of within-ecosystem heterogeneity and diversity. In this manuscript, we present the Ecosystem Demography Model version 2.2 (ED-2.2). In ED-2.2, the biophysical and physiological cycles account for the horizontal and vertical heterogeneity of the ecosystem: the energy, water, and carbon cycles are solved separately for each group of individual trees of similar size and functional group (cohorts) living in a micro-environment with similar disturbance history (patches). We define the equations that describe the energy, water, and carbon cycles in terms of total energy, water, and carbon, which simplifies the ordinary differential equations and guarantees excellent conservation of these quantities in long-term simulation ( < 0.1 % error over 50 years). We also show examples of ED-2.2 simulation results at single sites and across tropical South America. These results demonstrate the model's ability to characterize the variability of ecosystem structure, composition and functioning both at stand- and continental-scales. In addition, a detailed model evaluation was carried out and presented in a companion paper. Finally, we highlight some of the ongoing developments in ED-2.2 that aim at reducing the uncertainties identified in this study and the inclusion of processes hitherto not represented in the model.

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ED-2.2 source code M. Longo, R. Knox, D. M. Medvigy, N. M. Levine, M. Dietze, A. L. S. Swann, K. Zhang, C. Rollinson, M. di Porcia e Brugnera, D. Scott, S. P. Serbin, R. Kooper, A. Pourmokhtarian, A. Shiklomanov, and T. Viskari

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