1. General Model Information

Name: Canopy photosynthesis model

Acronym: MAESTRO

Main medium: terrestrial
Main subject: biogeochemistry
Organization level: leaf, canopy
Type of model: 2D
Main application:
Keywords: photosynthesis, crown,canopy, transpiration,radiation interception


Belinda Medlyn
Department of Biological Sciences
Macquarie University
NSW 2109
email: bmedlyn@bio.mq.edu.au



MAESTRO/MAESTRA is a model of forest canopy radiation absorption and photosynthesis. The model has a long history, going back to the work of Norman & Jarvis in the 1970's and 80's. Ying Ping Wang improved and tested the model for his PhD thesis, and it was published in Wang & Jarvis (1990) Agric For Meteorol 51:257-280. A lot of other people have worked on the model over the years, and as of 1997 there were several versions of the model in existence, most of which were complicated and difficult to understand or modify. For the purposes of the ECOCRAFT project, B. Medlyn revised a version of the MAESTRO model which she obtained in early 1997 from Ying-Ping Wang. The revised model was renamed to MAESTRA. The major revisions included:

Model description:

Abstract taken from the MAESTRA home page with minor changes.

II. Technical Information

II.1 Executables:

Operating System(s):
MAESTRA home page (see section: download).

II.2 Source-code:

Programming Language(s): Fortran
Source code, executables and manuals are available from the MAESTRA home page.

II.3 Manuals:

Online manual

II.4 Data:

III. Mathematical Information

III.1 Mathematics

III.2 Quantities

III.2.1 Input

III.2.2 Output

IV. References

Wang, Y.-P. and Jarvis, P.G. 1990.
Description and validation of an array model . MAESTRO. Agric. For. Meteorol. 51 : 257-280.
Wang, Y.-P.; McMurtrie, R.E.; Landsberg, J.J. 1992.
Modelling canopy photosynthetic productivity. In: Baker, N.R. and H. Thomas (eds) Crop photosynthesis: spatial and temporal determinants. Elsevier Science Publishers B.V. p. 43-67.

V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web

MAESTRA home page.

VI. Additional remarks

Last review of this document by: M. Sonntag : October, 19th 1997

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last modified by Joachim Benz Fri Apr 20 13:26:59 CEST 2007

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