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Michael C. Dietze, Rodrigo Vargas, Andrew D. Richardson, Paul C. Stoy, Alan G. Barr, Ryan S. Anderson, M. Altaf Arain, Ian T. Baker, T. Andrew Black, Jing M. Chen, Philippe Ciais, Lawrence B. Flanagan, Christopher M. Gough, Robert F. Grant, David Hollinger, R. Cesar Izaurralde, Christopher J. Kucharik, Peter Lafleur, Shugang Liu, Erandathie Lokupitiya, Yiqi Luo, J. William Munger, Changhui Peng, Benjamin Poulter, David T. Price, Daniel M. Ricciuto, William J. Riley, Alok Kumar Sahoo, Kevin Schaefer, Andrew E. Suyker, Hanqin Tian, Christina Tonitto, Hans Verbeeck, Shashi B. Verma, Weifeng Wang and Ensheng Weng Characterizing the performance of ecosystem models across time scales: A spectral analysis of the North American Carbon Program site-level synthesis Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences (2005–2012) 116

Version of Record online: 20 DEC 2011 | DOI: 10.1029/2011JG001661

Key Points

  • Twenty-one ecosystem models were tested in the frequency domain at nine flux towers
  • Model error is greatest at the annual and growing-season diurnal timescales
  • There are large event-driven errors and model differences at the synoptic scale

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