Articles | Volume 26, issue 2
Research article
01 Feb 2022
Research article |  | 01 Feb 2022

Does maximization of net carbon profit enable the prediction of vegetation behaviour in savanna sites along a precipitation gradient?

Remko C. Nijzink, Jason Beringer, Lindsay B. Hutley, and Stanislaus J. Schymanski


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-265', Anonymous Referee #1, 12 Aug 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Remko C. Nijzink, 24 Aug 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on hess-2021-265', Anonymous Referee #2, 20 Aug 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Remko C. Nijzink, 24 Aug 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on hess-2021-265', Anonymous Referee #3, 24 Aug 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC3', Remko C. Nijzink, 24 Aug 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (20 Sep 2021) by Anke Hildebrandt
AR by Remko C. Nijzink on behalf of the Authors (29 Oct 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (04 Nov 2021) by Anke Hildebrandt
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (12 Nov 2021)
RR by Yuting Yang (04 Dec 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (13 Dec 2021)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (16 Dec 2021) by Anke Hildebrandt
AR by Remko C. Nijzink on behalf of the Authors (18 Dec 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
Most models that simulate water and carbon exchanges with the atmosphere rely on information about vegetation, but optimality models predict vegetation properties based on general principles. Here, we use the Vegetation Optimality Model (VOM) to predict vegetation behaviour at five savanna sites. The VOM overpredicted vegetation cover and carbon uptake during the wet seasons but also performed similarly to conventional models, showing that vegetation optimality is a promising approach.