Water Systems Integration Modelling Framework – A Tool to Inform Future Water Planning at a Systems Level

Name of the Speaker: Dr. Ana Mijic

Title of the Seminar: Water Systems Integration Modelling Framework – A Tool to Inform Future Water Planning at a Systems Level

Date and Time: 30 November 2022 (Friday), 4:00pm

Online Platform: MS Teams (link to the video of the seminar)

About the Speaker: Dr Ana Mijic is a Reader in Water Systems Integration and Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation (CSEI) at Imperial College London. She is leading the development of novel systems tools focused on quantifying the interaction between water systems and sustainable development. The work has aim to inform regulatory bodies and water industry if and how we can support economic growth whilst ensuring sustainable water use and flood and water quality management under future uncertainties. Through NERC Innovation Fellowship funding she worked with the UK Environment Agency to apply systems thinking and systemic approaches to develop principles of systems water management at a catchment scale. She has led the CHANSE project on systems water management and irrigation water use in India. Currently, Ana is a Systems Lead for the CAMELLIA impact programme, where her work is focused on the development of systems water management models and she is leading the VENTURA project, which is developing virtual decision rooms for water neutral urban planning. Ana is a member of the EWRE Hydrology group that was awarded the 2019 Imperial President’s Award for Excellence in Research for Outstanding Research Team and she is the recipient of 2022 Satish Dhawan Chair Professorship at IISc Bangalore.

Abstract:  Integrated water management and planning has been a focus of research for many decades, but only recently we have started discussing the challenge from a systems perspective. The need for systems approach to water management is defined through integration between physical, environmental, and socio-economic components of the system, for which the evidence should be provided at adequate spatiotemporal resolutions. In this seminar, the novel Water Systems Integration Modelling (WSIMOD) Framework will be presented. The WISMOD allows for the representation of the water system’s demands and impacts of multiple sectors and actors’ decisions within a single tool, which is considered beneficial to increasing a shared understanding of system performance and for more collaborative and coherent decisions on integrated water resources, water quality and flood management. The WSIMOD is a self-contained software package that includes modelled representations of key physical and infrastructure elements of the water cycle (urban and rural), with each type of modelled element generically described as a component. Components are written in such a way that any component can interact with any other component. This enables a flexible representation of a water system that is needed to accommodate the wide variety of different built/natural infrastructure configurations and scales. The talk will showcase how the tool has been developed and successfully tested through a range of applications in the UK, including integrated analysis of urban water systems, catchment water management and urban water neutrality.

Date(s) - 30/11/2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research (ICWaR) - IISc Bangalore