UNIMI.Forcing is a software component developed to force a crop model using exogenous (not simulated) leaf area index (LAI) values periodically available. In case vegetation indices data are available instead of LAI values, UNIMI.Forcing has routines for the estimation of LAI from them. The component is autonomous in selecting the most reliable source of information among those available (e.g., LAI, NDVI).
The component can be coupled with all the crop models implementing a dynamic approach for daily partitioning of assimilates into leaves, stems and storage organs.
The component implements the test of pre-conditions and post-conditions, allowing an input to screen, TXT or XML file, and to .NET listeners. Custom output drivers can also be developed.
The component can be freely used and distributed by modelers and developers in their own applications, if the application contains either a dedicated menu item or a dedicated button calling the Info() method of the component, and links to the original help file. This method displays information about the component and a button which activates the help of the component (examples of how to do this are shown in the sample applications provided to illustrate the use of the component). The component design allows for extensions by the users without requiring the re-compilation of UNIMI.Forcing. Sample clients are provided inclusive of source code to demonstrate how to add models, and to build a Win .NET application.
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