Improving the light use efficiency model for simulating terrestrial vegetation gross primary production by the inclusion of diffuse radiation across ecosystems in China

Shaoqiang Wang, Kun Huang, Hao Yan, Huimin Yan, Lei Zhou, Huimin Wang, Junhui Zhang, Junhua Yan, Liang Zhao, Yanfen Wang, Peili Shi, Fenghua Zhao (+1 others)
2015 Ecological Complexity : An International Journal on Biocomplexity in the Environment and Theoretical Ecology  
Keywords: Cloudiness index Cloudiness index light use efficiency (CI-LUE) model Eddy covariance flux MOD17 model A B S T R A C T Qualification of gross primary production (GPP) of terrestrial ecosystem over large areas is important in understanding the response of terrestrial ecosystem to global climate change. While light use efficiency (LUE) models were widely used in regional carbon budget estimates, few studies consider the effect of diffuse radiation on LUE caused by clouds using a big
more » ... model. Here we developed a cloudiness index light use efficiency (CI-LUE) model based on the MOD17 model algorithm to estimate the terrestrial ecosystem GPP, in which the base light use efficiency encompassed the cloudiness index, maximum LUE and clear sky LUE. GPP measured at seven sites from 2003 to 2007 in China were used to calibrate and validate the CI-LUE model. The results showed that at forest sites and cropland site the CI-LUE model outperformed the Vegetation Photosynthesis Model (VPM), Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon flux model (TEC), MOD17 model algorithm driven by in situ meteorological measurements and MODIS GPP products, especially the R 2 of simulated GPP against flux measurements at Dinghushan forest site increased from 0.17 (MODIS GPP products) to 0.61 (CI-LUE). Instead, VPM model had the best agreement with GPP measurements followed by CI-LUE model and lastly TEC model at two grassland sites. Meanwhile, GPP calculated by CI-LUE model has less underestimation under cloudy skies in comparison with MOD17 model. This study demonstrated the potential of the CI-LUE model in improving GPP simulations resulting from the inclusion of diffuse radiation in regulating the base light use efficiency and maximum light use efficiency.
doi:10.1016/j.ecocom.2015.04.004 fatcat:dqyxpnkbunewtlqz7py7vngd3i