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CarboScope Release 4.1

Overview of carbon flux estimation by direct models

A terrestrial carbon model is a computer program that encapsulates natural and human induced processes through which land ecosystems absorb and emit CO2, and carbon is stored by plants and soils. There is a large variety of such models, going from simple empirical to highly complex models decsribing water, energy and sometimes nutrients cycling, as well as carbon dynamics. For producing global CO2 flux maps, a terrestrial carbon model generally needs soils and vegetation maps, and climate drivers on a global grid. The terrestrial carbon model results shown here are so called Dynamic Global Vegetation Models from the ** project coordinated by Dr. Stephen Sitch at **.