Articles | Volume 15, issue 1
Clim. Past, 15, 335–366, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-335-2019
Clim. Past, 15, 335–366, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-335-2019

Research article 18 Feb 2019

Research article | 18 Feb 2019

Harmonising plant functional type distributions for evaluating Earth system models

Anne Dallmeyer et al.

Data sets

Estimating historical changes in global land cover: croplands from 1700 to 1992 N. Ramankutty and J. A. Foley https://nelson.wisc.edu/sage/data-and-models/global-potential-vegetation/index.php

Model code and software

BIOME 6000 DB classified plotfile version 1 S. Harrison https://doi.org/10.17864/1947.99

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Short summary
A simple but powerful method for the biomisation of plant functional type distributions is introduced and tested for six different dynamic global vegetation models based on pre-industrial and palaeo-simulations. The method facilitates the direct comparison between vegetation distributions simulated by different Earth system models and between model results and the pollen-based biome reconstructions. It is therefore a powerful tool for the evaluation of Earth system models.