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Modelling tropical forest responses to drought and El Nino with a stomatal optimization model based on xylem hydraulics

Eller, Cleiton B.; Rowland, L.; Oliveira, Rafael; Bittencourt, Paulo L.; Barros, Fernanda V.; da Costa, Antonio Carlos Lola; Meir, Patrick; Friend, Andrew D.; Mencuccini, Maurizio; Sitch, Stephen; Cox, Peter M.


The current generation of dynamic global vegetation models (DGVMs) lacks a mechanistic representation of vegetation responses to soil drought, impairing their ability to accurately predict Earth system responses to future climate scenarios and climatic anomalies, such as El Niño events. We propose a simple numerical approach to model plant responses to drought coupling stomatal optimality theory and plant hydraulics that can be used in dynamic global vegetation models (DGVMs). The model is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0315
Access Rights: Open Access


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