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LakeEnsemblR: An R package that facilitates ensemble modelling of lakes

Published inEnvironmental Modelling & Software, vol. 143, no. 105101
Publication date2021

Model ensembles have several benefits compared to single-model applications but are not frequently used within the lake modelling community. Setting up and running multiple lake models can be challenging and time consuming, despite the many similarities between the existing models (forcing data, hypsograph, etc.). Here we present an R package, LakeEnsemblR, that facilitates running ensembles of five different vertical onedimensional hydrodynamic lake models (FLake, GLM, GOTM, Simstrat, MyLake). The package requires input in a standardised format and a single configuration file. LakeEnsemblR formats these files to the input required by each model, and provides functions to run and calibrate the models. The outputs of the different models are compiled into a single file, and several post-processing operations are supported. LakeEnsemblR's workflow standardisation can simplify model benchmarking and uncertainty quantification, and improve collaborations between scientists. We showcase the successful application of LakeEnsemblR for two different lakes.

  • Ensemble modeling
  • Vertical one-dimensional lake model
  • R package
  • Calibration
  • Thermal structure
  • Hydrodynamics
  • European Commission - Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 722518 (MANTEL ITN)
Citation (ISO format)
MOORE, Tadhg N. et al. LakeEnsemblR: An R package that facilitates ensemble modelling of lakes. In: Environmental Modelling & Software, 2021, vol. 143, n° 105101. doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2021.105101
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