Encyclopedia of Parallel Computing

2011 Edition
| Editors: David Padua

Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Modeling

  • Dali Wang
  • Daniel Ricciuto
  • Wilfred Post
  • Michael W. Berry
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-09766-4_395



A Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Model (TECM) is a category of process-based ecosystem models that describe carbon dynamics of plants and soils within global terrestrial ecosystems. A TECM generally uses spatially explicit information on climate/weather, elevation, soils, vegetation, and water availability as well as soil- and vegetation-specific parameters to make estimates of important carbon fluxes and carbon pool sizes in terrestrial ecosystems.



Terrestrial ecosystems are a primary component of research on global environmental change. Observational and modeling research on terrestrial ecosystems at the global scale, however, has lagged behind their counterparts for oceanic and atmospheric systems, largely because of the unique challenges associated with the tremendous diversity and complexity of terrestrial ecosystems. There are eight...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dali Wang
    • 1
  • Daniel Ricciuto
    • 2
  • Wilfred Post
    • 1
  • Michael W. Berry
    • 2
  1. 1.Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceThe University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA