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https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-1662
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-1662
13 Oct 2023
 | 13 Oct 2023

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.

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Barnaby Dobson, Leyang Liu, and Ana Mijic

Status: closed

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
  • CEC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1662', Juan Antonio Añel, 03 Nov 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on CEC1', Barnaby Dobson, 06 Nov 2023
      • CEC2: 'Reply on AC2', Juan Antonio Añel, 07 Nov 2023
        • AC3: 'Reply on CEC2', Barnaby Dobson, 07 Nov 2023
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1662', Hongyi Li, 18 Nov 2023
    • AC4: 'Reply on RC1', Barnaby Dobson, 23 Nov 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1662', Anonymous Referee #2, 26 Mar 2024
    • AC5: 'Reply on RC2', Barnaby Dobson, 26 Mar 2024

Status: closed

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
  • CEC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1662', Juan Antonio Añel, 03 Nov 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on CEC1', Barnaby Dobson, 06 Nov 2023
      • CEC2: 'Reply on AC2', Juan Antonio Añel, 07 Nov 2023
        • AC3: 'Reply on CEC2', Barnaby Dobson, 07 Nov 2023
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1662', Hongyi Li, 18 Nov 2023
    • AC4: 'Reply on RC1', Barnaby Dobson, 23 Nov 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1662', Anonymous Referee #2, 26 Mar 2024
    • AC5: 'Reply on RC2', Barnaby Dobson, 26 Mar 2024
Barnaby Dobson, Leyang Liu, and Ana Mijic
Barnaby Dobson, Leyang Liu, and Ana Mijic

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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.