13 Oct 2023
 | 13 Oct 2023
Status: this preprint is open for discussion.

Modelling water quantity and quality for integrated water cycle management with the WSIMOD software

Barnaby Dobson, Leyang Liu, and Ana Mijic

Abstract. Problems of water system integration occur when a model’s boundaries are too narrow to capture interactions and feedbacks across the water cycle. We propose that integrated water systems models are required to overcome them, and are necessary to understand emergent system behaviour, to expand model boundaries, to evaluate interventions, and to ensure simulations reflect stakeholder goals. We present the Water Systems Integrated Modelling Framework (WSIMOD) software as one such approach and describe its theoretical basis, covering the node and arc nature of simulations, the integration framework that enables communication between model elements, and the model orchestration to customise interactions. We highlight data requirements for creating such a model and the potential for future development and refinement. WSIMOD offers a flexible and powerful approach to represent water systems, and we hope it will encourage further research and application into using model integration towards achieving sustainable and resilient water management.

Barnaby Dobson et al.

Status: open (until 08 Dec 2023)

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • AC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1662', Barnaby Dobson, 01 Nov 2023 reply
  • CEC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1662', Juan Antonio Añel, 03 Nov 2023 reply
    • AC2: 'Reply on CEC1', Barnaby Dobson, 06 Nov 2023 reply
      • CEC2: 'Reply on AC2', Juan Antonio Añel, 07 Nov 2023 reply
        • AC3: 'Reply on CEC2', Barnaby Dobson, 07 Nov 2023 reply
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1662', Hongyi Li, 18 Nov 2023 reply
    • AC4: 'Reply on RC1', Barnaby Dobson, 23 Nov 2023 reply

Barnaby Dobson et al.

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Short summary
Water management is challenging when models don't capture the entire water cycle. We propose using integrated models facilitates management and improves understanding. Thus, we introduce a software tool designed for this task. We discuss its foundation, how it simulates water system components and their interactions, and its customization. We provide a flexible way to represent water systems, and we hope it will inspire more research and practical applications for sustainable water management.