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https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-1139-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-1139-2021
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Trivial improvements in predictive skill due to direct reconstruction of the global carbon cycle

Aaron Spring, István Dunkl, Hongmei Li, Victor Brovkin, and Tatiana Ilyina

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Numerical carbon cycle prediction models usually do not start from observed carbon states due to sparse observations. Instead, only physical climate is reconstructed, assuming that the carbon cycle follows indirectly. Here, we test in an idealized framework how well this indirect and direct reconstruction with perfect observations works. We find that indirect reconstruction works quite well and that improvements from the direct method are limited, strengthening the current indirect use.
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