Table 1. Sensitivity analysis of MCF for dreissenid mussel simulations with constant values of MEF and MCF over 50 yrs.

Mussel Consumption Factor (MCF) Mussel Phosphorus Excretion Factor (MEF) Final Phosphorus Load Reduction (%) Sensitivity
1.00 1.00 33 (...)
1.25 1.50 39 (...)
  2.00 53 (...)
1.50 1.50 37 0.26
  2.00 52 0.09
1.75 1.50 36 0.19
  2.00 50 0.14
2.00 1.50 35 0.17
  2.00 47 0.19

Note: Sensitivity was calculated following Jøgensen (1986). (See Eqn. A2.16 in Appendix 2.) The final phosphorus load reduction (%) after 50 yrs was used as the state variable to determine sensitivity relative to results for identical MEF when MCF = 1.25. For example, the final phosphorus load reduction for MEF = 1.50, MCF = 1.50 (37%) was compared to the final phosphorus load reduction for MEF = 1.50, MCF = 1.25 (39%) to determine a sensitivity of 0.26. Results indicate that the system was not significantly sensitive to the value of MCF.