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Quantifying forest net primary production: combining eddy flux, inventory and metabolic theory

Zheng-Hong Tan (1-2)   , Alice Hughes (2), Tamotsu Sato (3), Yi-Ping Zhang (2), Shi-Jie Han (4), Yoshiko Kosugi (5), Michael Goulden (6), Xiao-Bao Deng (2), Min Cao (2), Zhan-Qing Hao (4), Yue-Hua Hu (2), Gui-Rui Yu (7), Ke-Ping Ma (8)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 475-482 (2017)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2159-010
Published: Apr 12, 2017 - Copyright © 2017 SISEF

Research Articles

Net primary production (NPP) is a central and fundamental carbon-related term in global change studies. We proposed a top-down method to quantifying forest NPP which overcomes the deficits of the traditional bottom-up method. The new top-down method combines eddy flux data, climate variables, tree inventory and metabolic theory. Our method was tested in six forests and provides reliable annual NPP estimations which are consistent with bottom-up results. Carbon use efficiency also supports this new method. Taking advantage of fine temporal resolution of our top-down method, we examined whether and confirmed NPP was well correlated with leaf area index at a seasonal scale, as suggested by past studies. The potential value of our new method as a standard NPP method is high because of the world-wide network on eddy tower and inventory plot, however further data of performance of the new method is needed to fully evaluate its performance under different conditions.


Carbon Use Efficiency, Metabolic Theory of Ecology, Autotrophic Respiration, Biomass, Eddy Covariance

Authors’ address

Zheng-Hong Tan
Ecology Program, Department of Environmental Science, Hainan University, Haikou 570228 (China)
Zheng-Hong Tan
Alice Hughes
Yi-Ping Zhang
Xiao-Bao Deng
Min Cao
Yue-Hua Hu
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650223 (China)
Tamotsu Sato
Department of Forest Vegetation, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Tsukuba 305-8687 (Japan)
Shi-Jie Han
Zhan-Qing Hao
Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China)
Yoshiko Kosugi
Forest Hydrology Lab, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan)
Michael Goulden
Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine 92697 (USA)
Gui-Rui Yu
Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101 (China)
Ke-Ping Ma
Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093 (China)

Corresponding author

Zheng-Hong Tan


Tan Z-H, Hughes A, Sato T, Zhang Y-P, Han S-J, Kosugi Y, Goulden M, Deng X-B, Cao M, Hao Z-Q, Hu Y-H, Yu G-R, Ma K-P (2017). Quantifying forest net primary production: combining eddy flux, inventory and metabolic theory. iForest 10: 475-482. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2159-010

Academic Editor

Silvano Fares

Paper history

Received: Jul 01, 2016
Accepted: Feb 13, 2017

First online: Apr 12, 2017
Publication Date: Apr 30, 2017
Publication Time: 1.93 months

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