Murray Land and Water Management Plan Model Update

Updating Salinity Models as Part of the Basin Salinity Management 2030 Strategy

Darling River, New South Wales, Australia

Monika Balicki

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Client
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE)
Location
Darling River - NSW
Scope
Upgrading the existing model using contemporary platforms
Impact
Updated model to support the Murray Land and Water Management Plan (LWMP) Salinity Register Review

The Murray Land and Water Management Plan (LWMP) Salinity Register is due for review as part of Basin Salinity Management (BSM) 2030 strategy. As an initial stage of this review, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) engaged WMS to update the Murray LWMP salinity modelling framework using contemporary platforms.

The modelling framework consists of eight linked sub-models, each modelling the key processes driving flow and salinity within the irrigation districts in the NSW Murray; Wakool, Denimein, Cadell, and Berriquin.

WMS upgraded the Fortran-based sub-models to Python-based models. The model folder structure and naming conventions were also changed to ensure consistency and the modelling process was automated as much as possible to reduce the risk of human error. The IQQM River System sub-model was also updated to incorporate the outputs from the Python-based sub-models.

Study Area

The updated sub-models were then validated against the corresponding Fortran sub-model results and against results reported originally. The updated salinity review provides insight on salt exports from the NSW Murray Riverina Irrigation Districts which eventually affects the salinity of the Murray River at Morgan, South Australia.