Bayesian synthesis for quantifying uncertainty in predictions from process models

Edwin J. Green, David W. MacFarlane, Harry T. Valentine

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The Bayesian synthesis method is reviewed and judged to be useful for determining posterior distributions and interval estimates for inputs and outputs of process-based forest models. The method furnishes posterior distributions of the values of a model's parameters and response variables. The method also provides estimates of correlation among the parameters and output variables. Bayesian synthesis is the only type of uncertainty analysis that affords incorporation of all the information available to the investigator, in addition to the information contained in the model itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-419
Number of pages5
JournalTree Physiology
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Mar 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science


  • Confidence intervals
  • Mechanistic models
  • Posterior distributions
  • Sensitivity analysis

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