Getting started with FOCUS_PELMO
|valid for FOCUS_PELMO_3.3.2
How PELMO works
PELMO.EXE runs under Microsoft DOS. However, to make editing
and creating of PELMO input files easier in a Microsoft Windows environment,
a shell called WPELMO.EXE was built around PELMO.EXE.
The information necessary to run PELMO.EXE is divided
in a number of input data files. The shell WPELMO.EXE allows creating or
editing of these files by the user. For each simulation a single pesticide
data file (extension: PSM), a single scenario data file (extension: SZE)
and a number of climate data files (extension: CLI) are necessary. For
FOCUS-tier 1 -simulations only the pesticide data file has to be created
by the user himself; the scenario and climate data files are already defined
and should not be modified.
File handling between the simulation program PELMO.EXE
and the shell WPELMO.EXE
Before the user starts a PELMO simulation the scenario
(location and crop, possibly irrigation) and the pesticide data file has
to be set. The required scenario and climate input data files (*.cli and
*.sze) are automatically selected by the shell and written into a small
ASCII file called PELMO.INP. This file will be read by the simulation program
PELMO.EXE (see the figure).
The file HAUDE.DAT contains the monthly Haude-factors.
This information is not used for FOCUS-simulations. However, the file must
be in the FOCUS-directory of PELMO.
During the simulation PELMO.EXE creates a number of output
files all with the extension “PLM” :
After a PELMO simulation has been successfully performed
the annual average concentrations at 1 m depth and at the soil bottom are
calculated by WPELMO.EXE based on the results stored in WASSER.PLM (hydrology
output), CHEM.PLM (pesticide output) and CHEM_xx (metabolite output). WPELMO
also creates the files MBALANCE.PLM and PBALANCE.PLM that contain the total
annual mass balances for water (MPBALANCE:PLM) and for the pesticide/metabolites
ECHO.PLM: echo of all input parameters of the specific
WASSER.PLM: hydrologic output data (tables)
CHEM.PLM: pesticide output data (tables)
CHEM_xx: metabolite output data (tables), xx=A1, A2,
B1, B2, ...
PLOT.PLM: time series output file, used by WPELMO.EXE to
Standard IBM compatible PC
hard disk space needed for FOCUSPELMO:
program files and scenarios: 60 MB
example simulations (mentioned in the FOCUS report): 157
addional space for individual simulations: 3 - 5 MB per simulation
- WIN9x, WIN NT compatible operating system
For the complete installation of FOCUS-PELMO you have
to download FOCUS_PELMO_3.3.2.exe, then :
Please consider that FOCUS PELMO expects the decimal point
for numbers (not the comma). So, please check, that the point is selected
as decimal separator on your computer before running simulations with FOCUSPELMO.
run setup.exe (in the directory c:\focuspelmo\install)
run scenario.exe (in the directory c:\focuspelmo)
call wpelmo (the focuspelmo shell)
After a successful installation the shell can be started
by double clicking on WPELMO.EXE in the application directory or by starting
any shortcut to WPELMO.EXE. Further information is given in the file “shell
description.exe” that can also be downloaded here.
The FOCUSPELMO may be uninstalled using first the standard
WIN95 uninstall tools provided in the “Control Panel” under “Add/Remove
Programs”. In the second step you have to delete the FOCUSPELMO-directory
See Ask a Question / Report a Problem
Excerpt of existing model documentation related to FOCUS Groundwater
FOCUS groundwater scenarios in the EU plant protection product
review process. - The report of the work of the Groundwater Scenarios Workgroup
of FOCUS (FOrum for the Co-ordination of pesticide fate models and their
USe), final version April 2000.
WPELMO Shell description provided with the installation files