State of the art in modelling of phosphorus in aquatic systems: review, criticisms and commentary

Robson, Barbara J. (2014) State of the art in modelling of phosphorus in aquatic systems: review, criticisms and commentary. Environmental Modelling & Software, 61. pp. 339-359.

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Abstract

This systematic review considers how water quality and aquatic ecology models represent the phosphorus cycle. Although the focus is on phosphorus, many of the observations and discussion points here relate to aquatic ecosystem models in general. The review considers how models compare across domains of application, the degree to which current models are fit for purpose, how to choose between multiple alternative formulations, and how models might be improved. Lake and marine models have been gradually increasing in complexity, with increasing emphasis on inorganic processes and ecosystems. River models have remained simpler, but have been more rigorously assessed. Processes important in less eutrophic systems have often been neglected: these include the biogeochemistry of organic phosphorus, transformations associated with fluxes through soils and sediments, transfer rate-limited phosphorus uptake, and responses of plants to pulsed nutrient inputs. Arguments for and against increasing model complexity, physical and physiological realism are reviewed.

Item ID: 56898
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6726
Keywords: systematic review, modelling, water quality, biogeochemical models, catchment-river models, oceanographic and limnological models, complexity, trends
Copyright Information: © 2014 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
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Thematic Issue on Novel Approaches to Challenges in Aquatic Ecosystem Modelling

Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 07:44
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