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A geospatial framework to support integrated biogeochemical modelling in the United Kingdom.

Greene, S. and Johnes, P.J. and Bloomfield, J.P. and Reaney, S.M. and Lawley, R. and El Khatib, Y. and Freer, J. and Odoni, N. and Macleod, C.J.A. and Percy, B. (2015) 'A geospatial framework to support integrated biogeochemical modelling in the United Kingdom.', Environmental modelling and software., 68 . pp. 219-232.


Anthropogenic impacts on the aquatic environment, especially in the context of nutrients, provide a major challenge for water resource management. The heterogeneous nature of policy relevant management units (e.g. catchments), in terms of environmental controls on nutrient source and transport, leads to the need for holistic management. However, current strategies are limited by current understanding and knowledge that is transferable between spatial scales and landscape typologies. This study presents a spatially-explicit framework to support the modelling of nutrients from land to water, encompassing environmental and spatial complexities. The framework recognises nine homogeneous landscape units, distinct in terms of sensitivity of nutrient losses to waterbodies. The functionality of the framework is demonstrated by supporting an exemplar nutrient model, applied within the Environmental Virtual Observatory pilot (EVOp) cloud cyber-infrastructure. We demonstrate scope for the use of the framework as a management decision support tool and for further development of integrated biogeochemical modelling.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Water resource management, Spatial targeting, Pollution, Cloud computing, Decision support.
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Publisher statement:© 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Date accepted:21 February 2015
Date deposited:15 June 2015
Date of first online publication:21 March 2015
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