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

Sheila Greene, Penny J Johnes, John Bloomfield, Sim Reaney, Russell Lawley, Yehia Elkhatib, Jim E Freer, Nick A Odoni, C J A Macleod, Barbara Percy

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-232
Number of pages14
JournalEnvironmental Modelling and Software
Early online date21 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

Bibliographical note

Date of Acceptance: 16/02/2015


  • Water resource management
  • Spatial targeting
  • Pollution
  • Cloud computing
  • Decision support


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