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Light use efficiency model used to determine gross primary productivity

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Diffuse solar radiation can increase light use efficiency in plant canopies compared to direct sunlight. This can impact terrestrial gross primary production (GPP). Yan et al. have developed a novel diffuse-fraction-based two leaf model of GPP that better explains seasonal variations, particularly at a test site in the Amazon forest. The model also directly accounts for the effects of soil water variations and the difference between C3 and C4 photosynthetic pathways for biomass production that exist in different types of plants. Explained variance in observed monthly GPP increased from about 50% in an existing “big leaf” GPP algorithm to more than 70% in the new scheme, with potential to improve biomass modeling and predictions.