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Developers: King's College London (models), AmbioTEK (software), CIAT, CONDESAN, UNAL (applications)
Audience: Conservation and development NGOs, GO and NGO Policy analysts, agriculture and industry (e.g. extractives), education and academic research.
Associated project(s): CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water and Food Basin Focal Project for the Andes (BFP-Andes)
Focus: a testbed for the development and implementation of land and water related policies in the Andes, enabling intended and unintended consequences to be tested in silico before they are tested in vivo . It incorporates detailed spatial datasets at 1-square km and 1 hectare resolution for the entire Andes, spatial models for biophysical and socioeconomic processes along with scenarios for climate, land use and economic change. A series of interventions (policy options) are available which can be implemented and their consequences traced through the socio-economic and biophysical systems.
Though we provide input data for application of this model anywhere globally (from remote sensing and other global sources) users can also use this model with their own datasets. Application with the provided datasets takes only half an hour and requires no GIS capacity. Bringing in your own datasets will take much longer depending on the availability, level of processing, format and consistency of those datasets and also requires GIS capacity.
Typical applications include, water resources assessment, water security analysis and hydrological ecosystem services accounting. Also climate impacts analysis and land and water management.
Geographical coverage: global
Spatial resolution: 10 degree tiles @ 1km resolution or 1 degree tiles @ 1-hectare resolution
Temporal resolution: Monthly for baseline (1950-2000) and scenario
History: TAMMOD developed 1998, modified for FIESTA model 2004, modified for AGUAANDES 2007
Version 1: complete
Version 2: ongoing - Let us know of new features you would find useful
The version 1 model has a basic water balance (wind driven rainfall+fog - actual ET accumulated downstream as runoff) with land use and climate scenarios, see here
Version 2 has all the components of version 1 but also incorporates soil erosion, transportation, deposition and a snow and ice model as well as policy options for land management, see here
Version 3 is in development
Key users: Valuing the Arc project, Birdlife International (DEFRA), Conservation International, see here
Documentation: Model and data documentation for version 1 can be found here and system (interface and functionality) documentation is here. A presentation on the science behind the PSS can be found here (English) and here (Spanish) [opens in Google docs viewer]. Download: (EN, ES). A powerpoint demo of the system functionality is here (English) and here (Spanish) [opens in Google docs viewer]. Download: (EN, ES) Documentation for version 2 is here
Key references: Model description: Mulligan and Burke (2005); Mulligan (2012) Model applications: Mulligan et al. (2010); Bruijnzeel, Mulligan and Scatena (2011);
Validation: AguAAndes has been validated by the modelling team in a number of studies (see Mulligan and Burke (2005); Bruijnzeel, Mulligan and Scatena (2011). We make the model easy to apply anywhere globally and expect our users to also verify and validate simulation outcomes in their own study sites. As model developers we cannot validate these models for every study site and application that users may have: it is thus the responsibility of those applying these models to validate them for their own application and study site. The FreeStation project can provide equipment to help with this.
Intellectual property: Please do not redistribute on the internet any data or results from these systems in raw GIS form without prior permission from us as we need to ensure that our data provider's licenses are adhered to. If you intend to publish results from this system in the academic literature please send a draft of the paper to us before submission so that we can help ensure that the interpretation is appropriate. If you intend to use this system extensively to deliver the outputs of a funded research or consultancy project, please talk to us before submitting the bid or proposal. To contact us: click here.
Liability: King's College London and AmbioTEK CIC provide these systems without warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. We shall not be made liable for any consequential, incidental, indirect, special, punitive or exemplary damages resulting from the use of this software.