Incorporating phosphorus cycling into global modeling efforts: a worthwhile, tractable endeavor

New Phytologist
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Abstract

Myriad field, laboratory, and modeling studies show that nutrient availability plays a fundamental role in regulating CO2 exchange between the Earth's biosphere and atmosphere, and in determining how carbon pools and fluxes respond to climatic change. Accordingly, global models that incorporate coupled climate–carbon cycle feedbacks made a significant advance with the introduction of a prognostic nitrogen cycle. Here we propose that incorporating phosphorus cycling represents an important next step in coupled climate–carbon cycling model development, particularly for lowland tropical forests where phosphorus availability is often presumed to limit primary production. We highlight challenges to including phosphorus in modeling efforts and provide suggestions for how to move forward.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Incorporating phosphorus cycling into global modeling efforts: a worthwhile, tractable endeavor
Series title New Phytologist
DOI 10.1111/nph.13521
Volume 208
Issue 2
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Southwest Biological Science Center, John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis
Description 6 p.
First page 324
Last page 329
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