TITLE

The role of closed ecological systems in carbon cycle modelling

AUTHOR(S)
Milcu, Alexandru; Lukac, Martin; Ineson, Phil
PUB. DATE
June 2012
SOURCE
Climatic Change;Jun2012, Vol. 112 Issue 3/4, p709
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Acquiring a mechanistic understanding of the role of biotic feedbacks for the links between atmospheric CO concentrations and temperature is essential for trustworthy climate predictions. Currently, computer-based simulations are the only available tool to estimate the global impact of biotic feedbacks on future atmospheric CO and temperatures. Here we propose an alternative and complementary approach by using materially closed, energetically open analogue/physical models of the carbon cycle. We argue that there is unexplored potential in using a materially closed approach to improve our understanding of the magnitude and direction of many biotic carbon feedbacks and that recent technological advances make this feasible. We also suggest how such systems could be designed and discuss the advantages and limitations of establishing physical models of the global carbon cycle.
ACCESSION #
75062905

 

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