RT Dissertation/Thesis
T1 Equifinality, sloppiness and emergent minimal structures of biogeochemical models
A1 Marschmann,Gianna
WP 2019/12/11
AB Process-based biogeochemical models consider increasingly the control of microorganisms on biogeochemical processes. These models are used for a number of important purposes, from small-scale (mm-cm) controls on pollutant turnover to impacts of global climate change. A major challenge is to validate mechanistic descriptions of microbial processes and predicted emergent system responses against experimental observations. The validity of model assumptions for microbial activity in soil is often difficult to assess due to the scarcity of experimental data. Therefore, most complex biogeochemical models suffer from equifinality, i.e. many different model realizations lead to the same system behavior. In order to minimize parameter equifinality and prediction uncertainty in biogeochemical modeling, a key question is to determine what can and cannot be inferred from available data. My thesis aimed at solving the problem of equifinality in biogeochemical modeling. Thereby, I opted to test a novel mathematical framework (the Manifold Boundary Approximation Method) that allows to systematically tailor the complexity of biogeochemical models to the information content of available data.
K1 Modellierung
K1 Biogeochemie
K1 Pestizid
PP Hohenheim
PB Kommunikations-, Informations- und Medienzentrum der Universität Hohenheim
UL http://opus.uni-hohenheim.de/volltexte/2019/1675