P-model v1.0: an optimality-based light use efficiency model for simulating ecosystem gross primary production

Benjamin D. Stocker, Han Wang, Nicholas Smith, Sandy P. Harrison, Trevor F. Keenan, David Sandoval, Tyler Davis, I. Colin Prentice

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Abstract

<jats:p>Abstract. Terrestrial photosynthesis is the basis for vegetation growth and drives the land carbon cycle. Accurately simulating gross primary production (GPP, ecosystem-level apparent photosynthesis) is key for satellite monitoring and Earth system model predictions under climate change. While robust models exist for describing leaf-level photosynthesis, predictions diverge due to uncertain photosynthetic traits and parameters which vary on multiple spatial and temporal scales. Here, we describe and evaluate a GPP (photosynthesis per unit ground area) model, the P-model, that combines the Farquhar–von Caemmerer–Berry model for C3 photosynthesis with an optimality principle for the carbon assimilation–transpiration trade-off, and predicts a multi-day average light use efficiency (LUE) for any climate and C3 vegetation type. The model builds on the theory developed in Prentice et al. (2014) and Wang et al. (2017a) and is extended to include low temperature effects on the intrins
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1545-1581
JournalGeoscientific Model Development
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

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