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Michael Sprintsin, Jing M. Chen, Ankur Desai and Christopher M. Gough Evaluation of leaf-to-canopy upscaling methodologies against carbon flux data in North America Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences (2005–2012) 117

Article first published online: 29 FEB 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/2010JG001407

Key Points

  • The big-leaf approach significantly underestimated the canopy-level GPP
  • The underestimation is caused by the exclusion of the contributions of shaded leaves
  • Shaded leaves contribute 40%-70% to the total simulated productivity

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