Stream productivity analysis with dorm-II. Parameter estimation and sensitivity

John S. Gulliver, Heinz G. Stefan

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The dissolved oxygen routing model DORM, which determines productivity and respiration of a stream biological community, requires in addition to stream geometry and stream flow, parameter values for reaeration coefficients and temperature and dissolved oxygen (DO) limitations on respiration. Illustrated are the methods used to obtain numerical values in a field study at the U.S. EPA Monticello Ecological Research Station. The calculated community productivity and respiration rates are sensitive to certain input parameters and assumptions. Analysis showed that, among the many parameters needed, hydraulic residence time and reaeration coefficients should be determined with utmost care. Other sensitivity tests included temperature effects, half-saturation values and longitudinal dispersion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1577-1588
Number of pages12
JournalWater Research
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1984

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Acknowledgements--This study was supported by Grant No, R-804736-01-1 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Duluth Environmental Research Laboratory, Dr Kenneth E. F. Hokanson, Project Officer. This paper has not been subjected to the EPA pier and policy review procedures.

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