Plant functional types in Earth system models: past experiences and future directions for application of dynamic vegetation models in high-latitude ecosystems.

  title={Plant functional types in Earth system models: past experiences and future directions for application of dynamic vegetation models in high-latitude ecosystems.},
  author={Stan D. Wullschleger and Howard E. Epstein and Elgene Owen Box and Eug{\'e}nie S. Euskirchen and Santonu Goswami and Colleen Marie Iversen and Jens Kattge and Richard J. Norby and Peter M. van Bodegom and Xiaofeng Xu},
  journal={Annals of botany},
  volume={114 1},
BACKGROUND Earth system models describe the physical, chemical and biological processes that govern our global climate. While it is difficult to single out one component as being more important than another in these sophisticated models, terrestrial vegetation is a critical player in the biogeochemical and biophysical dynamics of the Earth system. There is much debate, however, as to how plant diversity and function should be represented in these models. SCOPE Plant functional types (PFTs… 

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