Stand-replacing disturbance rotation periods

  • Thomas Pugh (Creator)
  • Almut Arneth (Contributor)
  • Markus Kautz (Contributor)
  • Benjamin Poulter (Contributor)
  • Benjamin Smith (Contributor)



Carbon stock and carbon turnover flux outputs from the LPJ-GUESS dynamic global vegetation model, as forced by observation-based stand-replacing disturbance rotation periods (τ O ). Outputs area means over the period 2001-2014 and were calculated at 0.5 x 0.5 degree spatial resolution. Multiple simulations are provided, including a baseline simulation with the best-estimate of τ O , simulations forced by the upper and lower 95% confidence intervals of τ O , and sensitivity simulations in which τ O was modified by a scalar between 0.25 and 4. These sensitivity simulations were also repeated with differing assumptions regarding the form of disturbance. A full description of the data can be found in the paper to which it relates: Pugh, T.A.M., Arneth, A., Kautz, M., Poulter, B., Smith, B., Important role of forest disturbances for global biomass turnover and carbon sinks. Nature Geoscience, 2019. If using this data, please cite both this dataset and the original paper.

tauO_{realisation}_{method}_{correction}.nc “realisation” is whether this is the standard (i.e. best-estimate) of τ O or the 2.5 th or 97.5 th percentile of the confidence interval (standard, 2p5percconf, 97p5percconf). “method” is whether a forest-area or canopy-area based approach was used to calculate τ O . Forest-area was the primary definition used in the accompanying paper. “correction” is whether or not the τ O was calculated after applying a land-use change correction to the raw forest loss data (LUcorrected, noLUcorrection). It is only recommended to use the LUcorrected τ O , and the noLUcorrection is only provided for completeness.Please see headers of the individual netcdf files for further information. (years)
Date made available1 Jun 2019

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