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751-5102-00L  Biogeochemical Modeling

SemesterSpring Semester 2015
LecturersJ. Lee, J. Six, A. Hofmann, M. Necpalova
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish



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AbstractThis class provides an introduction to biogeochemical modeling in the context of agricultural systems. It covers the general background and principles of modeling agroecosystem biogeochemistry. The topical focus is on soil processes. Plant growth and development is included as a side topic. The course consists of lectures and modeling exercises.
ObjectiveThe focus during the modeling exercise sessions is on the testing and application of the biochemical model DAYCENT to agroecosystems. This includes model parameterization, sensitivity analysis, validation, and uncertainty analysis.
Content- Introduction to biogeochemical cycles
- Overview of ecosystem models
- Spatial and temporal scales in modeling
- Century and DAYCENT model
- Controls on biogeochemical processes
- Modeling plant growth and development (DAYCENT)
- Modeling soil organic matter and nutrient dynamics (DAYCENT)
- Model testing and evaluation
- Sensitivity analysis
- Uncertainty analysis
- Bio-economic modeling
- Policy and agent-based modeling
LiteratureSmith, J., Smith, P. (2007) Introduction to environmental modelling. Oxford University Press, 180 p.

Wallach, D., Makowski, D., Jones, J.W., Brun, F. (2014) Working with dynamic crop models: Methods, tools and examples for agriculture and environment. Academic Press, 2nd ed., 487 p.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents signing up for this course should have a strong interest in modeling.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersJ. Six, A. Hofmann, J. Lee, M. Necpalova
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
751-5102-00 GBiogeochemical Modeling2 hrs
Thu10-12LEE D 105 »
J. Lee, J. Six, A. Hofmann, M. Necpalova

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ProgrammeSectionType
Agroecosystem Science MasterEnvironmental Crop PhysiologyWInformation
Agroecosystem Science MasterAgriculture and EnvironmentWInformation