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Water 2018, 10(9), 1216; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10091216

Advances in Ecological Water System Modeling: Integration and Leanification as a Basis for Application in Environmental Management

Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Received: 25 July 2018 / Revised: 5 September 2018 / Accepted: 6 September 2018 / Published: 8 September 2018
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Abstract

The art of applied modeling is determining an appropriate balance between integration of more processes and variables for the sake of increasing representativeness and reliability of the models, while also avoiding too long development and simulation times. The latter can be achieved via leanification, which can be based on reducing the number of variables and processes by focusing on key processes in the system and its management, but can be as well induced by using simplified methods for the description of relations among variables (such as regression and probabilistic methods) to, for instance, reduce the simulation time. In this way, integration and leanification can be combined and together contribute to models that are more relevant and convenient for use by water managers. In particular, it is crucial to find a good balance between the integration level of ecological processes answering environmental challenges in a relevant manner and costs for data collection and model development (and application). View Full-Text
Keywords: integrated water modeling; model applicability; water management; model simplification integrated water modeling; model applicability; water management; model simplification
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Goethals, P.L.; Forio, M.A.E. Advances in Ecological Water System Modeling: Integration and Leanification as a Basis for Application in Environmental Management. Water 2018, 10, 1216.

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