Wide discrepancies in the magnitude and direction of modeled solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence in response to light conditions Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract. Recent successes in passive remote sensing of far-red solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) have spurred the development and integration of; canopy-level fluorescence models in global terrestrial biosphere models (TBMs) for climate and carbon cycle research. The interaction of fluorescence; with photochemistry at the leaf and canopy scales provides opportunities to diagnose and constrain model simulations of photosynthesis and related; processes, through direct comparison to and assimilation of tower, airborne, and satellite data. TBMs describe key processes related to the absorption of; sunlight, leaf-level fluorescence emission, scattering, and reabsorption throughout the canopy. Here, we analyze simulations from an ensemble of; process-based TBM–SIF models (SiB3 – Simple Biosphere Model, SiB4, CLM4.5 – Community Land Model, CLM5.0, BETHY – Biosphere Energy Transfer Hydrology, ORCHIDEE – Organizing Carbon and Hydrology In Dynamic Ecosystems, and BEPS – Boreal Ecosystems Productivity Simulator) and the SCOPE (Soil Canopy Observation Photosynthesis Energy) canopy radiation and vegetation model at a subalpine; evergreen needleleaf forest near Niwot Ridge, Colorado. These models are forced with local meteorology and analyzed against tower-based continuous; far-red SIF and gross-primary-productivity-partitioned (GPP) eddy covariance data at diurnal and synoptic scales during the growing season; (July–August 2017). Our primary objective is to summarize the site-level state of the art in TBM–SIF modeling over a relatively short time period; (summer) when light, canopy structure, and pigments are similar, setting the stage for regional- to global-scale analyses. We find that these models; are generally well constrained in simulating photosynthetic yield but show strongly divergent patterns in the simulation of absorbed photosynthetic; active radiation (PAR), absolute GPP and fluorescence, quantum yields, and light response at the leaf and canopy scales. This study highlights the need for; mechanistic modeling of nonphotochemical quenching in stressed and unstressed environments and improved the representation of light absorption (APAR),; distribution of light across sunlit and shaded leaves, and radiative transfer from the leaf to the canopy scale.;

publication date

  • July 16, 2020

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  • gold

Date in CU Experts

  • December 30, 2020 2:54 AM

Full Author List

  • Parazoo NC; Magney T; Norton A; Raczka B; Bacour C; Maignan F; Baker I; Zhang Y; Qiu B; Shi M

author count

  • 17

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1726-4189

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 3733

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  • 3755


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