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Reconciling the optimal and empirical approaches to modelling stomatal conductance

Medlyn, Belinda E.; Duursma, Remko A; Eamus, Derek; Ellsworth, David S; Prentice , I. Colin; Barton, Craig V M; Crous, Kristine; Angelis, Paolo De; Freeman , Michael; Wingate , Lisa


Models of vegetation function are widely used to predict the effects of climate change on carbon, water and nutrient cycles of terrestrial ecosystems, and their feedbacks to climate. Stomatal conductance, the process that governs plant water use and carbon uptake, is fundamental to such models. In this paper, we reconcile two long-standing theories of stomatal conductance. The empirical approach, which is most commonly used in vegetation models, is phenomenological, based on experimental...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Global Change Biology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02375.x


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