in irrigated crops, but must be treated explicitly in The main conclusion I draw from this book and lay forests growing in arid and semi-arid regions. before the meteorological and scientific community at- Kaufmann provides a competent review of these is- large is the institutional weakness of modeling tree sues. Acock and Reynolds propose the establishment growth and its response to environmental stresses; of generic models or components to ease the testing this point is not an indictment of the competence of the and use of models and to reduce redundancy of effort; field's practitioners, but instead reflects the enormous this is an old idea in the meteorological community complexity of the task at hand. The output of growth where tools like the NCAR community climate model models is extremely important for assessing many have existed for years; establishing community tree global and climate change issues. It is clear that more resources must be directed toward this field if we growth modules is a reasonable recommendation expect credible assessments, as needed to make re- because many practitioners use similar algorithms. sponsible decisions regarding anthropogenic emis- Acock and Reynolds also propose electronic media to sions of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 1991
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