Articles | Volume 7, issue 4
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-917-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-917-2016
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24 Nov 2016
Research article |  | 24 Nov 2016

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

Doug McNeall, Jonny Williams, Ben Booth, Richard Betts, Peter Challenor, Andy Wiltshire, and David Sexton

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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.
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