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Nil Impact - (CSF models project) - ES0204

This desk study will collate and summarise information on those computer models and model-based decision support tools most widely used in the prediction and management of nutrients input and loss. It will identify key models, and model based decision support tools, available within the UK, in any sector: their developers, main function, component models, intended audience, actual number and type of user, location of source code/model, inputs and outputs, and estimate of current success. It will do the same for key non-UK based models and systems as described in the literature. Recommendations for future research and development will be made, indicating where there are opportunities for the integration or expansion of models or where non-agricultural models may be of potential value within the UK agricultural sector. The results of the investigation will be validated with a panel of representatives from key research agencies.
The main and constituent objectives will be to:

1. Identify and catalogue key nutrient models and model based DSS
a) Identify all relevant UK based and key international models and model-based DSS;
b) Agree sub-set of models to focus project effort on;
c) Identify name, author, main function, component models, intended audience, actual number and type of user, location of source code/model, inputs and outputs for each;
d) Where possible identify success of UK models, in terms of number and type of user and number of hectares of land influenced;
e) Identify where possible the stated success criteria or reasons for failure;
f) Store all information in a searchable Access™ database

2. Make recommendations based on the data gathered
a) Identify those areas where there is potential to bring together disparate models within an integrating DSS structure
b) Draw attention to those non-agricultural models that might be useful
c) Suggest areas for further development and expansion of models
Obtain agreement on main recommendations from UK scientific research organisation representatives
Project Documents
• Final Report : Agricultural decision support tools for prediction and management of nutrient input and loss: NIL impact   (1615k)
• Final Report - Annex : Appendix: Model output spreadsheet   (36k)
• Final Report - Annex : NIL impact appendices   (125k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2005

Cost: £17,988
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Glasgow Caledonian
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