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Investigating the uncertainty in predicting responses to atmospheric deposition using the model of acidification of groundwater in catchments (MAGIC) within a generalised likelihood uncertainty estimation (GLUE) framework.

Page, T. and Beven, Keith J. and Freer, J. E. and Jenkins, A. (2003) Investigating the uncertainty in predicting responses to atmospheric deposition using the model of acidification of groundwater in catchments (MAGIC) within a generalised likelihood uncertainty estimation (GLUE) framework. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 142 (1-4). pp. 71-94. ISSN 0049-6979

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Abstract

This study investigates the uncertainty associated with the modelled response of a catchment to historic and predicted future acidic deposition for the period 1851–2041. The MAGICmodel is applied within a GLUE framework to the 3.88 km2 Afon Gwy catchment at Plynlimon, Wales. Nine million Monte Carlo simulations resulted in 5700 being accepted as behaviouralas defined by a fuzzy measure comparing observed to simulated variables. Model output and parameter sensitivity analysis indicate that, for this example where weathering rates are low,model dynamics are limited compared to control exerted by modelinitial conditions and by the specified acidic deposition boundary conditions. The results show that despite the small number of behavioural simulations, they are widely spread acrossthe ranges for most of the parameters varied. The GLUE methodology allows simulated prediction ranges for important variables to be presented as quantitative likelihood weighteduncertainty estimates rather than a single prediction for eachvariable over time.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Water, Air, & Soil Pollution
Uncontrolled Keywords: acid deposition - GLUE - MAGIC - modelling - U.K - uncertainty - Wales
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 21411
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2009 10:02
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:46
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/21411

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