Australian groundwater modelling guidelines
Waterlines report No 82 - June 2012
Groundwater models are computational methods that simulate the profile of an underground water system. They have proven to be useful tools to provide insight into complex water system behaviour; to address a range of groundwater problems; and to support decision-making processes.
In 2001 the Murray–Darling Basin Commission developed groundwater modelling guidelines that became the de facto national reference document. Since then there have been significant advances in Australia’s knowledge of groundwater and knowledge, and of information technology.
The Waterlines report Australian groundwater modelling guidelines highlights the development of updated guidelines that promote a consistent and sound approach to groundwater flow and solute transport models in Australia.
The guidelines are a point of reference, not a rigid standard and seek to provide direction and the scope and approaches common to modelling projects.
They are directed at both non-specialist modellers and specialist modellers because they provide a view of the model development process as well as best practice guidance on topics such as conceptualisation, model design, calibration and uncertainty analysis to create greater consistency in approaches.
Importantly, these guidelines seek to provide a common terminology that can be adopted by all stakeholders typically involved in modelling projects.