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A protocol to build soil descriptions for APSIM simulations

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posted on 2023-05-03, 20:17 authored by Rogerio Chicota, Iris Vogeler, Joanna Sharp, Kirsten Verburg, Neil Huth, Dean Holzworth, Neal Dalgliesh, Val SnowVal Snow
Soil processes have a major impact on agroecosystems, controlling water and nutrient cycling, regulating plant growth and losses to the wider environment. Process-based agroecosystem simulation models generally encompass detailed descriptions of the soil, including a wide number of parameters that can be daunting to users with a limited soil science background. In this work we review and present an abridged description of the models used to simulate soil processes in the APSIM (Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator) framework. Such a resource is needed because this information is currently spread over multiple publications and some elements have become outdated. We list and briefly describe the parameters, and establish a protocol with guidelines, for building a soil description for APSIM. This protocol will promote consistency, enhancing the quality of the science done employing APSIM, and provide an easier pathway for new users. This compilation should also be of relevance to users of other models that require detailed soil information.


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Chicota, R., Vogeler, I., Sharp, J., Verburg, K., Huth, N., Holzworth, D., Dalgliesh, N., & Snow, V. (2021). A protocol to build soil descriptions for APSIM simulations. MethodsX, 8, 101566.