Also known as
Model type Single
Incorporated models or components:
Spatial dimensions 2D
Spatial extent Regional-Scale
Model domain Hydrology
One-line model description ANUGA is a hydrodynamic modelling tool that allows users to model realistic flow problems in complex 2D geometries.
Extended model description ANUGA is a hydrodynamic modelling tool that allows users to model realistic flow problems in complex 2D geometries. Examples include dam breaks or the effects of natural hazards such as riverine flooding, storm surges and tsunami. The user must specify a study area represented by a mesh of triangular cells, the topography and bathymetry, frictional resistance, initial values for water level (called stage within ANUGA), boundary conditions and forces such as rainfall, stream flows, windstress or pressure gradients if applicable.

ANUGA tracks the evolution of water depth and horizontal momentum within each cell over time by solving the shallow water wave governing equation using a finite-volume method.

ANUGA also incorporates a mesh generator that allows the user to set up the geometry of the problem interactively as well as tools for interpolation and surface fitting, and a number of auxiliary tools for visualising and interrogating the model output.

Most ANUGA components are written in the object-oriented programming language Python and most users will interact with ANUGA by writing small Python scripts based on the ANUGA library functions. Computationally intensive components are written for efficiency in C routines working directly with Python numpy structures.



First name Nariman
Last name Habili
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization Risk and Impact Analysis Group, Geoscience Australia
Postal address 1 Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Drive
Postal address 2
Town / City Symonston
Postal code 2609 ACT
Country Australia
Email address

Supported platforms Linux, Windows
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Programming language C, Python
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Code optimized Single Processor, Multiple Processors
Multiple processors implemented
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Start year development 2004
Does model development still take place? Yes
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Model availability As code
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Program license type GPL v2
Program license type other
Memory requirements --
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Pre-processing software needed? No
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Post-processing software needed? No
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Visualization software needed? Yes
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Other visualization software ANUGA viewer

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Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers? ANUGA is open-source and we welcome collaboration with others.
Is there a manual available? Yes
Upload manual if available: Media:Anuga_user_manual-1.2.0.pdf‎
Model website if any
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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
Can be coupled with:
Model info
Nariman Habili
Citation indices Anuga
Citations: 88
h-index: 5

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Citation indices Anuga
Citations: 88
h-index: 5

Publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Nielsen, O.; Roberts, S.; Gray, D.; McPherson, A.; Hitchman, A.;, 2005. Hydrodynamic modelling of coastal inundation.. In: (eds.).. .
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Model overview 47
Drie, R.V.; Simon, M.; Schymitzek, I.;, 2008. 2D Hydraulic Modelling over a Wide Range of Applications with ANUGA.. Engineers Australia, 9th National Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering. Volume .
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Model overview 2
Roberts, S.G.; Stals, L.; Nielsen, O.M.;, 2007. Parallelisation of a finite volume method for hydrodynamic inundation on modelling.. ANZIAM Journal, 48, C558~C572.
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Model overview 2
Baldock, T. E.; Barnes, M. P.; Guard, P. A.; Hie, Thomas; Hanslow, D.; Ranasinghe, R.; Gray, D.; Nielsen, O.;, 2007. Modelling tsunami inundation on coastlines with characteristic form.. 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC).. Volume .
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Model overview 8
Roberts, S.G.; Nielsen, O.M.; Jakeman, J.;, 2008. Simulation of Tsunami and Flash Floods.. In: Bock, H.G.; Kostina, E.; Phu, H.X.; Rannacher, R.; (eds.)Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Complex Processes.. 489-498.
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Model overview 11
2013. Effects of riparian vegetation on topographic change during a large flood event, Rio Puerco, New Mexico, USA. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 118, 1193–1209. 10.1002/jgrf.20073
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2013. Validation of ANUGA hydraulic model using exact solutions to shallow water wave problems. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 423, 012029. 10.1088/1742-6596/423/1/012029
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1969. CIE : proceedings 22nd session, Melbourne 1991. , , . [1]
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