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Geoscientific Model Development An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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11 Jun 2014
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Parameters sensitivity analysis for a~crop growth model applied to winter wheat in the Huanghuaihai Plain in China
M. Liu1, B. He2, A. Lü3, L. Zhou4, and J. Wu2 1National Disaster Reduction Center of China, Beijing, China
2Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
3Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing, China
4China National Environmental Monitoring Center, Beijing, China
Abstract. Parameters sensitivity analysis is a crucial step in effective model calibration. It quantitatively apportions the variation of model output to different sources of variation, and identifies how "sensitive" a model is to changes in the values of model parameters. Through calibration of parameters that are sensitive to model outputs, parameter estimation becomes more efficient. Due to uncertainties associated with yield estimates in a regional assessment, field-based models that perform well at field scale are not accurate enough to model at regional scale. Conducting parameters sensitivity analysis at the regional scale and analyzing the differences of parameter sensitivity between stations would make model calibration and validation in different sub-regions more efficient. Further, it would benefit the model applied to the regional scale. Through simulating 2000 × 22 samples for 10 stations in the Huanghuaihai Plain, this study discovered that TB (Optimal temperature), HI (Normal harvest index), WA (Potential radiation use efficiency), BN2 (Normal fraction of N in crop biomass at mid-season) and RWPC1 (Fraction of root weight at emergency) are more sensitive than other parameters. Parameters that determine nutrition supplement and LAI development have higher global sensitivity indices than first-order indices. For spatial application, soil diversity is crucial because soil is responsible for crop parameters sensitivity index differences between sites.

Citation: Liu, M., He, B., Lü, A., Zhou, L., and Wu, J.: Parameters sensitivity analysis for a~crop growth model applied to winter wheat in the Huanghuaihai Plain in China, Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss., 7, 3867-3888,, 2014.
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