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Terrestrial models and global change: challenges for the future

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George C. Hurtt, tel +1/609 258-3868, fax +1/609 258-1334, e-mail gchurtt@princeton.edu

Abstract

A wide variety of models have illustrated the potential importance of terrestrial biological feedbacks on climate and climate change; yet our ability to make precise predictions is severely limited, due to a high degree of uncertainty. In this paper, after briefly reviewing current models, we present challenges for new terrestrial models and introduce a simple mechanistic approach that may complement existing approaches.

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