By John Farndon, Belinda Gallagher, Lucy Dowling, Jo Brewer
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Another aspect relates to inconsistencies between datasets, which could lead to parameterization biases and erroneous identification of poor model structures. The advantage of MDF lies in its ability to formally account for all these sources of uncertainties in bringing the theory embedded in models and observations together (Williams et al. 2009). Overall, exploring model and data integration approaches reflects the possibility to test theories and hypotheses about ecosystem functioning corroborated by observations.
For example, a large tree not only influences microclimate by providing shade on a warm day, but it is also responsible for the transport of water from the soil to the atmosphere, thereby affecting regional cloud and rainfall patterns. Through photosynthesis, the same tree also removes CO2 – an important greenhouse gas – from the atmosphere, thus affecting long-term global climate trends. While these effects have long been recognized, as illustrated at the beginning of this chapter by the quotation from Richardson (1922), our understanding of the associated processes and how they vary among ecosystem types has advanced greatly in recent decades.
Clouds, in turn, affect the radiation balance of the Earth in complex ways, trapping heat in the lower atmosphere but also enhancing the planetary albedo, resulting in an increase in the fraction of incident solar radiation that is reflected back into space. VOCs can also have an impact on atmospheric concentrations of other important greenhouse gases. By reducing the atmospheric oxidation potential, VOCs indirectly increase the expected lifetime of atmospheric methane and react with O3. However, the total impact of these processes on global climate is difficult to quantify, in part because the estimates of total global VOC emissions have high uncertainties.
1000 Facts Planet Earth by John Farndon, Belinda Gallagher, Lucy Dowling, Jo Brewer