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An application of the GLUE methodology for estimating the parameters of the INCA-N model

Rankinen, K., Karvonen, T. and Butterfield, D. (2006) An application of the GLUE methodology for estimating the parameters of the INCA-N model. Science of the Total Environment, 365 (1-3). pp. 123-139. ISSN 0048-9697

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2006.02.034

Abstract/Summary

The conceptual and parameter uncertainty of the semi-distributed INCA-N (Integrated Nutrients in Catchments-Nitrogen) model was studied using the GLUE (Generalized Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation) methodology combined with quantitative experimental knowledge, the concept known as 'soft data'. Cumulative inorganic N leaching, annual plant N uptake and annual mineralization proved to be useful soft data to constrain the parameter space. The INCA-N model was able to simulate the seasonal and inter-annual variations in the stream-water nitrate concentrations, although the lowest concentrations during the growing season were not reproduced. This suggested that there were some retention processes or losses either in peatland/wetland areas or in the river which were not included in the INCA-N model. The results of the study suggested that soft data was a way to reduce parameter equifinality, and that the calibration and testing of distributed hydrological and nutrient leaching models should be based both on runoff and/or nutrient concentration data and the qualitative knowledge of experimentalist. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Soil Research Centre
ID Code:4052
Uncontrolled Keywords:GLUE INCA soft data uncertainty analysis nitrogen fuzzy rule HIGH-ELEVATION CATCHMENT MICROBIAL ACTIVITY NITROGEN DYNAMICS INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT SENSITIVITY-ANALYSIS HYDROLOGICAL MODELS EUROPEAN CATCHMENTS FOREST SOIL UNCERTAINTY CALIBRATION
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