Journal article

Assimilating solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence into the terrestrial biosphere model BETHY-SCOPE v1.0: model description and information content

Alexander J Norton, Peter J Rayner, Ernest N Koffi, Marko Scholze

Geoscientific Model Development | Copernicus Publications | Published : 2018


The synthesis of model and observational information using data assimilation can improve our understanding of the terrestrial carbon cycle, a key component of the Earth's climate–carbon system. Here we provide a data assimilation framework for combining observations of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) and a process-based model to improve estimates of terrestrial carbon uptake or gross primary production (GPP). We then quantify and assess the constraint SIF provides on the uncertainty in global GPP through model process parameters in an error propagation study. By incorporating 1 year of SIF observations from the GOSAT satellite, we find that the parametric uncertainty in global a..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science

Funding Acknowledgements

Alexander Norton was partly supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award provided by the Australian Government and a CSIRO OCE Scholarship. The research was funded, in part, by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (grant CE110001028).