Case study: Queensland Water Modelling Network

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The Queensland Water Modelling Network (QWMN) is supporting a number of projects to help understand the potential impacts of climate change on water supply and security. These include guidelines for considering climate change in water models, and to develop appropriate methodologies for the consideration of climate change in water plans.

For example, the ‘Critical review of climate change and water modelling in Queensland’ assessed the state’s ability to incorporate climate variability and climate change projections in water models. The review provides a clear pathway to consistent, robust modelling approaches for assessing climate change in Queensland water models. In addition, there are stand-alone evaluation criteria and a scoring system to help assess the readiness of water models to account for or incorporate climate change in their use. This resource is suitable for use by practitioners in reviewing a model’s treatment of climate and to better support decision makers.

Find out more about the Queensland Water Modelling Network projects.