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Volume 7, issue 4
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 917–935, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-917-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 917–935, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-917-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 24 Nov 2016

Research article | 24 Nov 2016

The impact of structural error on parameter constraint in a climate model

Doug McNeall et al.

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by Editor) (05 Sep 2016) by James Annan
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We compare simulated with observed forests to constrain uncertain input parameters of the land surface component of a climate model. We find that the model is unlikely to be able to simulate the Amazon and other major forests simultaneously at any one parameter set, suggesting a bias in the model's representation of the Amazon. We find we cannot constrain parameters individually, but we can rule out large areas of joint parameter space.
We compare simulated with observed forests to constrain uncertain input parameters of the land...
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