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Comment on Chiesi et al. (2011): “Use of BIOME-BGC to simulate Mediterranean forest carbon stocks”

CS Eastaugh   

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 4, Issue 5, Pages 248-248 (2011)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0593-004
Published: Nov 03, 2011 - Copyright © 2011 SISEF

Commentaries & Perspectives

The mechanistic forest growth model BIOME-BGC utilizes a “spin-up” procedure to estimate site parameters for forests in a steady-state condition, as they may have been expected to be prior to anthropogenic influence. Forests in this condition have no net growth, as living biomass accumulation is balanced by mortality. To simulate current ecosystems it is necessary to reset the model to reflect a forest of the correct development stage. The alternative approach of simply post-adjusting the estimates of net primary production is fundamentally flawed, and should not be pursued.


Increment, Biogeochemical model, Spin-up, Steady-state

Authors’ address

CS Eastaugh
Institute of Silviculture, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna (Austria).

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Eastaugh CS (2011). Comment on Chiesi et al. (2011): “Use of BIOME-BGC to simulate Mediterranean forest carbon stocks”. iForest 4: 248-248. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0593-004

Academic Editor

Marco Borghetti

Paper history

Received: Jul 12, 2011
Accepted: Jul 27, 2011

First online: Nov 03, 2011
Publication Date: Nov 03, 2011
Publication Time: 3.30 months

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