Reduced Models of the Retention of Nitrogen in Catchments
2004 (English)In: Proceedings of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society Conference (iEMSs), 14-17 June, Osnabrück, Germany, 2004, 1081-1086 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Process-oriented models of the retention of nitrogen in catchments are by necessity rather complex. We introduced several types of ensemble runs that can provide informative summaries of meteorologically normalised model outputs and also clarify the extent to which such outputs are related to various model parameters. Thereafter we employed this technique to examine policy-relevant outputs of the catchment model INCA-N. In particular, we examined how long it will take for changes in the application of fertilisers on cultivated land to affect the predicted riverine loads of nitrogen. The results showed that the magnitude of the total intervention effect was influenced mainly by the parameters governing the turnover of nitrogen in soil, whereas the temporal distribution of the water quality response was determined primarily by the hydromechanical model parameters. This raises the question of whether the soil nitrogen processes included in the model are elaborate enough to correctly explain the widespread observations of slow water quality responses to changes in agricultural practices.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. 1081-1086 p.
Model reduction; Ensemble runs; Catchment; Nitrogen; Retention
Computer and Information Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17110OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17110DiVA: diva2:201970