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CSDMS 2022: Environmental Extremes and Earthscape Evolution

Modeling Water Movement and Reservoir Operations with mosartwmpy

Travis Thurber

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States
Chris Vernon Pacific Northwest National Laboratory United States

Water -- we drink it, we bathe in it, we feed it to our plants, we gaze admiringly as it falls off cliffs -- but how does it get from the sky to your tap? Will it always be free to chisel windingly through the countryside and leap from dazzling heights?

The open-source model mosartwmpy (aka "wimpy") offers researchers a bird's eye view of water movement and reservoir operations across the conterminous United States. Wimpy has been translated into Python from its ancestor MOSART-WM (Model Of Scale Adaptive River Transport and Water Management) without sacrificing performance, leading to a more widely accessible and extensible model. By implementing the Basic Model Interface (BMI), Wimpy provides a familiar workflow with interoperability at the heart.

This clinic will introduce mosartwmpy at a high-level and provide a hands-on, interactive tutorial demonstrating its capabilities for studying water shortages. Attendees should leave armed with a stronger understanding of the interplay between water movement and reservoir storage, and with the confidence to utilize mosartwmpy in their own research.

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Of interest for:
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Modeling Platform Interoperability Initiative
  • River Network Modeling Initiative