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MsTMIP Model Evaluation

Model Evaluation

The MsTMIP will develop model evaluation tools using available observational data sets, through the use of automated quantitative performance measures based on the existing C-LAMP project (Hoffman et al. 2007; 2008). TBMs will be evaluated by direct comparison with observations, and by comparing simulated fluxes with those estimated with atmospheric transport inversions. Overall model evaluation will comprise of four components:

  • Model-observation comparison of NEE and component fluxes
  • TBM and inverse intermodel comparisons in terms of amplitude and phase of the seasonal cycle, mean annual estimates of NEE, and inter-annual variability
  • Comparison of transported TBM fluxes to atmospheric CO2 concentration measurements
  • TBM model-model comparison of NEE and component flux estimates


  1. Kelley, D. I., Prentice, I. C., Harrison, S. P., Wang, H., Simard, M., Fisher, J. B., and Willis, K. O. (2013). A comprehensive benchmarking system for evaluating global vegetation models, Biogeosciences, 10, 3313-3340, doi:10.5194/bg-10-3313-2013.
  2. Hoffman, F. M., J. Randerson, I. Fung, P. Thornton, J. Lee, C. Covey, G. Bonan, S. Running (2008). The carbon-land model intercomparison project (C-LAMP): a protocol and evaluation metrics for global terrestrial biogeochemistry models. International Congress on Environmental Modeling and Software, Barcelona, Spain, 2008/07/06-2008/07/10.
  3. Hoffman, F. M., C. C. Covey, I. Y. Fung, J. T. Randerson, P. E. Thornton, Y-H Lee, N. A. Rosenbloom, R. C.Stöckli, S. W. Running, D. E. Bernholdt, and D. N. Williams (2007). Results from the carbon-land model intercomparison project (C-LAMP) and availability of the data on the earth system grid (ESG). Journal of Physics: Conference Series 78 012026 doi:10.1088/1742-6596/78/1/012026

MsTMIP is funded by NASA's Terrestrial Ecology Program (Phase 1 funded by NASA Grant NNX11AO08A and Phase II by NASA Grant NNX14AI54G). During Phase 1, data management for MsMTIP was conducted by MAST-DC, with funding from NASA's Terrestrial Ecology Program (NASA Grant NNH10AN68I). This is a contribution of the North American Carbon Program.

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