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Simulating root carbon storage with a coupled carbon-water cycle root model

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Kleidon, A., & Heimann, M. (1996). Simulating root carbon storage with a coupled carbon-water cycle root model. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 21(5-6), 499-502. doi:10.1016/S0079-1946(97)81148-2.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0024-5E94-6
Is it possible to estimate carbon allocation to fine roots from the water demands of the vegetation? We assess this question by applying a root model which is based on optimisation principles. The model uses a new formulation of water uptake by fine roots, which is necessary to explicitly take into account the highly dynamic and non-steady process of water uptake. Its carbon dynamics are driven by maximising the water uptake while keeping maintenance costs at a minimum. We apply the model to a site in northern Germany and check averaged vertical fine root biomass distribution against measured data. The model reproduces the observed values fairly well and the approach seems promising. However, more validation is necessary, especially on the predicted dynamics of the root biomass.