(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2008)

Document title

Simulating the climatic effects on vegetation : approaches, issues and challenges

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

TANG G. (1) ; BARTLEIN P.J. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, ETATS-UNIS


This study first reviews the progress of vegetation models from static-equilibrium to transient-dynamic and to current coupled multi-objective vegetation models. Then, the 4 main sources leading to the uncertainty of model results are described, including 1) factors related to vegetation models (their structure, assumption and parameterization), 2) the data used to run a model, 3) the approaches used to validate model results, and 4) the spatiotemporal scaling issues involved in vegetation modelling. Finally, 4 strategies are proposed for improving future model-based research. These include improvements in the model structure and parameterization, enhancement of the quality of analytical data, improvement of the analytical approaches, and continued development of coupled dynamic vegetation models. Using a literature synthesis, this study provides researchers with a general guidance on applying vegetation models for simulating the effects of climatic variations on terrestrial vegetation


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2008, vol. 32, no5 [pp. 543-556]

Bibliographic references : 4 p.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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