Recommended practices in global sensitivity analysis

  • Andrea Saltelli
  • Daniele Vidoni
  • Massimiliano Mascherini
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)

Practices for global sensitivity analysis of model output are described in a recent textbook (Saltelli et al., 2007). These include (i) variance based techniques for general use in modelling, (ii) the elementary effect method for factor screening for factors-rich models and (iii) Monte Carlo filtering. In the present work we try to put the practices into the context of their usage. We start by describing the present debate on the use of scientific models, and how uncertainty and sensitivity analysis can assist is testing model quality. We discuss Type I, II and III errors in the context of sensitivity analysis and what are the requirements for a good analysis. We also present sensitivity analysis in relation to post normal science (PNS) and model pedigrees.


uncertainty analysis sensitivity analysis impact assessment Monte Carlo post normal science 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Saltelli
    • 1
  • Daniele Vidoni
    • 1
  • Massimiliano Mascherini
    • 1
  1. 1.The European Commission, Joint Research CentreInstitute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), TP 361IspraItaly

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