Multi-model approach and evaluation of the uncertainty of model results. Rationale and applications to predict the behaviour of contaminants in the abiotic components of the fresh water environment

Luigi Monte

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This work aims at discussing some concepts pertaining to the theory and practice of environmental modelling in view of the results of several model validation exercises performed by the group "Model validation for radionuclide transport in the system watershed-river and in estuaries" of project EMRAS (Environmental Modelling for Radiation Safety) supported by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). The analyses here performed concern models applied to real scenarios of environmental contamination. In particular, the reasons for the uncertainty of the models and the EBUA (empirically based uncertainty analysis) methodology are discussed. The foundations of multi-model approach in environmental modelling are presented and motivated. An application of EBUA to the results of a multi-model exercise concerning three models aimed at predicting the wash-off of radionuclide deposits from the Pripyat floodplain (Ukraine) was described. Multi-model approach is, definitely, a tool for uncertainty analysis. EBUA offers the opportunity of an evaluation of the uncertainty levels of predictions in multi-model applications. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1469 - 1480
Number of pages12
JournalEcological Modelling
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecological Modelling

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