The Australian Water Balance Model (AWBM) was developed in the early 1990s by Walter Boughton and is now one of the most widely used rainfall-runoff models in Australia. Many GoldSim models incorporate AWBM for estimating runoff around mine sites and for other projects that simulate rainfall runoff in a watershed. This version of AWBM is intended to be used as a module within other GoldSim models but also works as a standalone model. The inputs to the model are precipitation and potential evapotranspiration time series, along with model parameters that describe the catchment. The output is a runoff rate on a per unit area basis, which can be multiplied by the total catchment area for volumetric runoff.
Here is a screen capture of the new user interface added to this model:
AWBM version 1.002 added:
1. Fixed typo in Surface Stores
2. Re-organized some elements in the graphics pane
3. Rename "Runoff_Rate" and "Total_Runoff" for clarity
4. Revise some element descriptions for better clarity
Model version 1.007 released on Dec 20, 2018
1. Changed the Precipitation and ET_Potential time series to represent "instantaneous value" as a rate in mm/d for easier incorporation into other models.
Model version 1.009 released on May 3, 2019
1. A user interface was added so that Player users can edit and run AWBM
2. Added a warning if the model time step is different from K_Step constant
3. Updated the schematic
4. Added reporting periods
5. Changed simulation type to deterministic
Model version 1.011 released on August 1, 2019
1. The model parameter "k-step" was exposed on the dashboard so player users can adjust the model's time step and make the same change to this factor, which will impact the recession coefficients for surface and baseflow.
Model version 1.013 released on September 27, 2019
Model version 1.017 released on Oct 29, 2021
Model version 1.019 released on Feb 2, 2022
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