Exposing the essential features of the water cycle
Water movement, as an infinitely complex natural process, presents a challenge for scientific modeling. Regardless of the modeling goal, be it for scientific understanding or for making predictions in practice, the process of creating, testing, releasing and presenting a model requires an intricate system of software components. Our solutions follow all aspects of water resource modeling and rest upon a data-driven infrastructure and hydro-meteorological database as well as on a set of physically-meaningful models accounting for climate, land use, pedological, topological and geological landscape heterogeneity. This combination allows tracing water movement from one regional area feature to another through the landscape of interest with possible flood forecasting. Also, owing to software component integration, model test benchmarks are greatly facilitated.