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Reply: “Use of BIOME-BGC to simulate Mediterranean forest carbon stocks”

M Chiesi (1)   , G Chirici (2), A Barbati (3), R Salvati (3), F Maselli (1)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 4, Issue 5, Pages 249-249 (2011)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0594-004
Published: Nov 03, 2011 - Copyright © 2011 SISEF

Commentaries & Perspectives

The current note responds to the critical contribution of Dr. Eastaugh on Chiesi et al. (Chiesi et al. 2011). That paper did not aim at applying BIOME-BGC to simulate stand growth, which requires a thorough modification of the model functions. In contrast, only a parameter setting was changed in order to adjust the predicted carbon storages during the simulation of quasi-equilibrium conditions. The adjustment was calibrated on volume statistics derived from the Tuscany forest inventory and is suitable for regional scale applications.


Mediterranean forest, BIOME-BGC, Forest volume, Current annual increment

Authors’ address

M Chiesi
F Maselli
IBIMET-CNR, via Madonna del Piano 10, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI - Italy)
G Chirici
EcoGeoFor - Università del Molise, Contrada Fonte Lappone snc, I-86090 Pesche (IS - Italy)
A Barbati
R Salvati
DISAFRI - Università della Tuscia, via S. Camillo Lellis snc, I-01100 Viterbo (VT - Italy).

Corresponding author


Chiesi M, Chirici G, Barbati A, Salvati R, Maselli F (2011). Reply: “Use of BIOME-BGC to simulate Mediterranean forest carbon stocks”. iForest 4: 249-249. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0594-004

Academic Editor

Marco Borghetti

Paper history

Received: Jul 27, 2011
Accepted: Aug 01, 2011

First online: Nov 03, 2011
Publication Date: Nov 03, 2011
Publication Time: 3.13 months

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