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ES 609 SIMULATION OF ECOLOGICAL PROCESSES                                                                                 (2L+ 1P) III

Objective
To impart the theoretical and practical knowledge of using simulation models on crop-environment interactions.

Theory

Unit I
Fundamentals of dynamic simulation, systems, models and simulation.

UNIT II
Descriptive and explanatory models, modelling techniques steps, states, rates and driving variables, feedbacks and relational diagrams.

UNIT III
Numerical integration, introduction to FST language.

UNIT IV
Modeling crop env. & crop pest interactions, soil water, nitrogen and balance, introduction to a simple crop ecological model, applications of  simulation modelling in environmental impact assessment & green house gas emission ,

UNIT V
Data requirements & limitations of modeling; modeling crop-environment and pest interaction, soil, water, nitrogen and C balance; assessing crop growth, scheduling and management practices and water use planning through simulation tools.

Practicals
Scheduling planting and harvesting of crops; Drawing relational diagrams; Applying numerical integration techniques; Fitting probability distribution functions; Hands on model validation through statistical indices; FST programming language; Hands on to InfoCrop model; Assessing crop growth through InfoCrop model; Hands on to USAR model, Crop rotation & water use planning through USAR model.

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