IGN 13-9
Does NSC storage matter for modeling forest carbon cycling?

Thursday, August 14, 2014
313, Sacramento Convention Center
Andrew D. Richardson, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
How do forest carbon cycling models represent the allocation of photosynthetic products to growth, maintenance, and nonstructural carbon storage? To what degree is the representation of storage processes consistent with observational and experimental evidence? I will argue that because of inadequate characterization of NSC pools and storage processes, current models cannot properly represent ecosystem resilience to stress, or memory effects associated with disturbance or climatic variability. Improving model predictions of ecosystem responses to future climate scenarios will thus require a re-thinking of how we model storage.