The Queensland Water Modelling Network (QWMN) is improving the state’s capacity to model its surface water and groundwater resources and their quality. The QWMN provides the tools, information and collaborative platforms to support best-practice use of water models, and the uptake of their results by policy makers and natural resource managers. It aims to:


Strategic challenges

QWMN activities have been based around five key themes: model integration; model improvement; model management; building capacity and uptake; communications and engagement.

The QWMN has identified four key strategic challenges for water modelling in Queensland in 2018-2020. These are:

  1. Climate change  and variability (e.g. improving modelling capability to handle longer simulation periods)
  2. Landscape restoration and redesign (e.g. nutrient offset assessment methodology and tools)
  3. Water planning, integration and management (e.g. integration of urban models – catchment and point)
  4. Model management (e.g. treatment and communication of model uncertainty).


Since the QWMN’s establishment in 2017, it has initiated more than 14 collaborative projects ranging from a catalogue of the major water models used by the Queensland Government through improved integration between agricultural and catchment models to a review of the treatment of climate change in the state’s water models.

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