How much physiology is needed in forest gap models for simulating long-term vegetation response to global change? Challenges, limitations, and potentials

Journal Article

Gap models were introduced over 30 years ago to examine the dynamics of forest vegetation structure and species composition based on plant population dynamics. While there have been many advances, gap models remain heavily criticized for their lack of attention to physiology, particularly as it affects their ability to simulate forest response to elevated CO2 concentration and climatic change. In this paper we provide a summary and synthesis of the results from the Gap Model Comparison Workshop that was held in July, 1999 at Pingree Park, Colorado (U.S.A.). We identify some grand challenges for the future development of forest gap models and discuss limitations as well as potentials of this modeling approach.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Reynolds, JF; Bugmann, H; Pitelka, LF

Published Date

  • 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 51 / 3-4

Start / End Page

  • 541 - 557

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0165-0009

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/A:1012551728510