Animo is a detailed process-oriented simulation model for evaluation of nitrate leaching to groundwater, N- and P-loads on surface waters and greenhouse gas emission.
The model is primarily used for the ex-ante evaluation of fertilisation policy and legislation at regional and national scale. Animo aims to quantify the leaching of nutrients and the emission of greenhouse gasses as a function of fertilisation level, soil and water management and land use and for a wide range of soil types and different hydrological conditions. The model comprises descriptions of the carbon, the nitrogen and the phosphorus cycle in both the unsaturated and the saturated part of the soil.
STONE comprises of a national scale soil and land use schematisation, results of a hydrological model and simulation modules for simulation of nitrogen deposition, for simulation of crop uptake and for simulation of fertiliser and manure distribution and for the simulation of nutrient dynamics in soils (Animo).
NL-Cat comprises of a set of models and scripts for the simulation of water flow and nutrient transport and transformations in both the soil and the surface waters at the catchment scale, in which the Animo model addresses the nutrient dynamics in the soil.