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Main Title An overview of climate information needs for ecological effects models. /
Author Peer, Rebecca L.
CORP Author Radian Corp., Research Triangle Park, NC.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Atmospheric Research and Exposure Assessment Lab.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency : Radian Corp.,
Year Published 1990
Report Number EPA/600/3-90/089; EPA-68-02-4288
Stock Number PB91-125898
Additional Subjects Climatic changes ; Bioclimatology ; Reviews ; Climate ; Vegetation ; Trees(Plants) ; Solar radiation ; Precipitation(Meteorology) ; Meteorological data ; Wind erosion ; Carbon dioxide ; Ecosystem models
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB91-125898 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 01/01/1988
Collation 60 pages ; 28 cm
Atmospheric scientists engaged in climate change research require a basic understanding of how ecological effects models incorporate climate. The report provides an overview of existing ecological models that might be used to model climate change effects on vegetation. Some agricultural models and statistical methods are also discussed. The weather input data requirements, weather simulation methods, and other model characteristics relevant to climate change research are described for a selected number of models. The ecological models are classified as biome, ecosystem, or tree models; the ecosystem models are further subdivided into species dynamics or process models. In general, ecological modelers have had to rely on readily available meteorological data such as temperature and rainfall. Although models are becoming more sophisticated in their treatment of weather and require more kinds of data (such as wind, solar radiation, or potential evapotranspiration), modelers are still hampered by a lack of data for many applications. Future directions of ecological effects models and the climate variables that will be required by the models are discussed.