Tracking carbon flows through the biosphere: a new capability for the simple climate model Hector

  • Skylar Gering, Benjamin Bond-Lamberty, Dawn Woodard
  • March 2021, Copernicus GmbH
  • DOI: 10.5194/egusphere-egu21-10395

Modeling and tracking flows of carbon in the earth system

Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash

Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash

What is it about?

Scientists use models to understand and predict how the earth system operates and evolves, particular in the face of ongoing climate change. Reconstructing how carbon moves in these models—for example, knowing for sure how much of human emissions remain in the atmosphere versus are taken up by the ocean—is challenging. This work presents a new carbon-tracking capability for the simple climate model Hector.

Why is it important?

Tracking carbon lets us understand and predict the fate of released carbon, for example from thawing permafrost as the climate changes. It also provides a way to test the performance of models versus measurements.


Ben Bond-Lamberty

To my knowledge, this work presents a unique capability for simple climate models, and should open new opportunities for research, benchmarking, and data visualization.

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