The role of closed ecological systems in carbon cycle modelling
Milcu, A., Lukac, M. and Ineson, P. (2012) The role of closed ecological systems in carbon cycle modelling. Climatic Change, 112 (3-4). pp. 709-716. ISSN 1573-1480
To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0234-2
Acquiring a mechanistic understanding of the role of the biotic feedbacks on the links between atmospheric CO2 concentrations and temperature is essential for trustworthy climate predictions. Currently, computer based simulations are the only available tool to estimate the global impact of the biotic feedbacks on future atmospheric CO2 and temperatures. Here we propose an alternative and complementary approaches by using materially closed and energetically open analogue/physical models of the carbon cycle. We argue that there is potential in using a materially closed approach to improve our understanding of the magnitude and sign of many biotic feedbacks, and that recent technological advance make this feasible. We also suggest how such systems could be designed and discuss the advantages and limitations of establishing physical models of the global carbon cycle.