National hydrological modelling strategy - groundwater surface water interaction tool

Project details

Objective:

To develop a common framework and numeric model for groundwater and surface water interactions in river systems.

Funding:

up to $946,279 plus applicable GST from the Australian Government towards cost associated with supporting the work program. Total value of the project is $2,519,279 with $1,573,000 being contributed by eWater, CSIRO Land and Water and other eWater partners.

Jurisdiction:

National

Commenced:

May 2008

Project status:

Finalised

Outputs: Source (modelling platform for catchments, rivers and urban)

About the project

The aim of the project is to develop a common framework and numeric model for groundwater and surface water interactions in river systems. In combination with other eWater Source River tools, it will increase the capacity to investigate whole of catchment impacts of land use change, climate change, water recovery and conjunctive use on catchment water yield. Source is being developed in collaboration with water management agencies, who intend to adopt a common, robust and defensible tool for evaluating existing water resources and estimating the impacts of various drivers on water users throughout river basins.

Project outcomes

The Source modelling platform was launched on 29 May 2012 by Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, at a two day workshop held in Canberra. Developed by eWater Coperative Research Centre in collaboration with a team of leading Australian hydrologists, Source is Australia's first truly integrated, river basin-scale water modelling system - an enterprise platform which enables organisations to make a step change improvement in their approach to water resources management.

The National Water Commission funded three critical components of the Source model through the Raising National Water Standards (RNWS) program. They are:

Source has attracted over $11 million of Australian Government funding through the Commission and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. It was designed in partnership with jurisdictional and other water industry stakeholders.