Potential benefits from using the resource:
According to Gilhespy et al. (2014) one strength of the DNDC model is that it is relatively easy to use and has an attractive user interface.
Another strength identified by Gilhespy et al. (2014) is that DNDC has a comprehensive library of default settings for 62 crops and 12 soil types, enabling users to model a wide range of sites and situations without inputting data.
The majority of output parameters are reported on a daily time step, offering users considerable flexibility not only in the situations modelled, but in the output available for evaluation.
Potential limitations from using the resource:
There is a need for a more detailed instruction manual with a good descriptions of the processes behind DNDC and detailed explanations of the input and output parameters (Gilhespy et al., 2014).
Lack of field validation and uncertainty in model parameters are major barriers in their applicability to areas where local databases are very scarce