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Título: Iberian peninsula ecosystem carbon fluxes: a model-data integration study
Autor: Carvalhais, Nuno Miguel Matias
Orientador: Seixas, Júlia
Issue Date: 2010
Editora: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
Resumo: Terrestrial ecosystems play a key role within the context of the global carbon cycle. Characterizing and understanding ecosystem level responses and feedbacks to climate drivers is essential for diagnostic purposes as well as climate modelling projections. Consequently,numerous modelling and data driven approaches emerge, aiming the appraisal of biosphereatmosphere carbon fluxes. The combination of biogeochemical models with observations of ecosystem carbon fluxes in a model-data integration framework enables the recognition of potential limitations of modelling approaches. In this regard, the steady-state assumption represents a general approach in the initialization routines of biogeochemical models that entails limitations in the ability to simulate net ecosystem fluxes and in model development exercises. The present research addresses the generalized assumption of initial steady-state conditions in ecosystem carbon pools for modelling carbon fluxes of terrestrial ecosystems, from local to regional scales. At local scale, this study aims to evaluate the implications of equilibrium assumptions on modelling performance and on optimized parameters and uncertainty estimates based on a model-data integration approach. These results further aim to support the estimates of regional net ecosystem fluxes, following a bottom-up approach, by focusing on parameters governing net primary production (NPP) and heterotrophic respiration (RH)processes, which determine the simulation of the net ecosystem production fluxes in the CASA model. An underlying goal of the current research is addressed by focusing on Mediterranean ecosystem types, or ecosystems potentially present in Iberia, and evaluate the general ability of terrestrial biogeochemical models in estimating net ecosystem fluxes for the Iberian Peninsula region. At regional scales, and given the limited information available, the main objective is to minimize the implications of the initial conditions in the evaluation of the temporal dynamics of net ecosystem fluxes. Inverse model parameter optimizations at site level are constrained by eddy-covariance measurements of net ecosystem fluxes and driven by local observations of meteorological variables and vegetation biophysical variables from remote sensing products. Optimizations under steady-state conditions show significantly poorer model performance and higher parameter uncertainties when compared to optimizations under relaxed initial conditions. In addition, assuming initial steady-state conditions tend to bias parameter retrievals – reducing NPP sensitivity to water availability and RH responses to temperature – in order to prescribe sink conditions. But nonequilibrium conditions can be experienced in soil and/or vegetation carbon pools under alternative underlying dynamics, which are solely discernible through the integration of additional information sources, circumventing equifinality issues.
Descrição: Dissertação apresentada para obtenção do Grau de Doutor em Engenharia do Ambiente pela Universidade Nova de Lisboa,Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10362/5384
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