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Biogeosciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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Volume 14, issue 20
Biogeosciences, 14, 4767–4780, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-4767-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Biogeosciences, 14, 4767–4780, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-4767-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 25 Oct 2017

Research article | 25 Oct 2017

Primary production sensitivity to phytoplankton light attenuation parameter increases with transient forcing

Karin F. Kvale and Katrin J. Meissner
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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (16 Jun 2017) by Victor Brovkin
AR by Karin Kvale on behalf of the Authors (16 Jun 2017)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (14 Jul 2017) by Victor Brovkin
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (21 Jul 2017)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (30 Jul 2017)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (01 Sep 2017) by Victor Brovkin
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (05 Sep 2017)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (21 Sep 2017) by Victor Brovkin
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Climate models containing ocean biogeochemistry contain a lot of poorly constrained parameters, which makes model tuning difficult. For more than 20 years modellers have generally assumed phytoplankton light attenuation parameter value choice has an insignificant affect on model ocean primary production; thus, it is often overlooked for tuning. We show that an empirical range of light attenuation parameter values can affect primary production, with increasing sensitivity under climate change.
Climate models containing ocean biogeochemistry contain a lot of poorly constrained parameters,...
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