Identifying the critical parameters of a cyanobacterial growth and movement model by using generalised sensitivity analysis
Guven, B. and Howard, A. (2007) Identifying the critical parameters of a cyanobacterial growth and movement model by using generalised sensitivity analysis. Ecological Modelling, 207 (1). pp. 11-21. ISSN 0304-3800
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2007.03.024
Bloom-forming and toxin-producing cyanobacteria remain a persistent nuisance across the world. Modelling of cyanobacteria in freshwaters is an important tool for understanding their population dynamics and predicting the location and timing of the bloom events in lakes and rivers. A new deterministic-mathematical model was developed, which simulates the growth and movement of cyanobacterial blooms in river systems. The model focuses on the mathematical description of the bloom formation, vertical migration and lateral transport of colonies within river environments by taking into account the major factors that affect the cyanobacterial bloom formation in rivers including, light, nutrients and temperature. A technique called generalised sensitivity analysis was applied to the model to identify the critical parameter uncertainties in the model and investigates the interaction between the chosen parameters of the model. The result of the analysis suggested that 8 out of 12 parameters were significant in obtaining the observed cyanobacterial behaviour in a simulation. It was found that there was a high degree of correlation between the half-saturation rate constants used in the model.