HarmoniQua - Model study plan
The HarmoniQuA Model Study Plan supports to formally structure the step and to compile a modeling report :
This step aims to agree on a Model Study Plan comprising answers to the questions: Why is modelling required for this particular model study? What is the overall modelling approach and which work should be carried out? Who will do the modelling work? Who should do the technical reviews? Which stakeholders/public should be involved and to what degree? What are the resources available for the project? The water manager needs to describe the problem and its context as well as the available data. A very important (but often overlooked) task is then to analyse and determine what are the various requirements of the modelling study in terms of the expected accuracy of modelling results. The acceptable level of accuracy will vary from case to case and must be seen in a socio-economic context. It should, therefore, be defined through a dialogue between the modeller, water manager and stakeholders/public. In this respect an a priori analysis of the key sources of uncertainty is crucial in order to focus the study on the elements that produce most information of relevance to the problem at hand.