CSDMS 2017 annual meeting: Modeling Coupled Earth and Human Systems - The Dynamic Duo

ANUGA - An open-source model of river flood morphodynamics (and other hydrological disasters)

Mariela Perignon

University of Colorado, Boulder, United States

ANUGA is an open source software package capable of simulating small-scale hydrological processes such as dam breaks, river flooding, storm surges and tsunamis. Thanks to its modular structure, we’ve incorporated additional components to ANUGA that allow it to model suspended sediment transport and vegetation drag. ANUGA is a Python-language model that solves the Shallow Water Wave Equation on an unstructured triangular grid and can simulate shock waves and rapidly changing flows. It was developed by the Australian National University and Geosciences Australia and has an active developer and user community.

This clinic will provide a hands-on introduction to hydrodynamic modeling using ANUGA. We will discuss the structure and capabilities of the model as we build and run increasingly complex simulations. No previous knowledge of Python is required. Example input files will be provided and participants will be able to explore the code and outputs at their own pace.

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Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group