Overview

Description and rationale

In some water resource systems water is shared between competing interests by the use of an ownership tracking mechanism. An ownership system is characterised by the separate treatment of each owner’s water.  The rationale for modelling water ownership, and the overall principles, are discussed in Ownership in Storages - SRG.

Wetland channels, modelled by wetland links (see Wetlands SRG for more information) in Source can connect:

This SRG entry describes how the ownership of water moving via wetland channels can be determined in Source, and how this influences ownership of water where a wetland connects with a river.  Requirements are summarised in Table 1.  Ownership aspects within a wetland compartment (modelled by the storage node in Source) is covered separately in Ownership in Storages - SRG.

Table 1. Partner user requirements
No
Requirement
1Ownership of water can be assigned, tracked and reassigned. 
1.1Ability to specify initial ownership of water at each location (all water must be assigned to an owner)
1.2Ability to specify the transfer of ownership at a location, represented as a node in the river network.
1.3Borrow and payback is supported, where owners share surpluses to owners that cannot meet their requirements, and can be paid back later.
1.4

In every model component, ownership is conserved when it is not explicitly transferred or exchanged, i.e. the following volume equation holds for each owner o:

ΔStorageo = Inflowo - Outflowo - Diversiono - Losso + Gaino + Borrowedo - Lento

2Water flowing from a river to a wetland on a wetland link is shared according to rules input by the modeller.
2.1Flow from the river on a wetland link can be shared proportionally, or according to fixed ratio.
2.2When flow from the river in a wetland link is shared proportionally, owners are assigned a share in proportion to their upstream inflow.
3Water flowing into a river from a wetland link retains its ownership, i.e. is treated the same way as upstream inflow.
4Water flowing out from a reservoir via a wetland link is shared according to rules input by the modeller.
4.1Flow from a reservoir via a wetland link can be shared proportionally, or according to fixed ratio
4.2When flow from a reservoir via a wetland link is shared proportionally, owners are assigned a share in proportion to the volume of their water in storage.
5Water flowing into a reservoir via a wetland link retains its ownership, i.e. is treated the same way as upstream inflow.

Scale

The concept of spatial scale in the context of Ownership relates to the fact that it can apply to all or part of the length of a river system.  Ownership status can be updated as often as at every model time step, or less often if required.

Principal developer

This version of modelling ownership in wetlands has been developed by eWater CRC for Source.

Scientific Provenance

Ownership has been modelled in predecessors to Source, such as IQQM and MSM, for many years.  The concepts in these models have been updated and enhanced to suit the needs of Source.

Version

Source v3.8.8.

Dependencies

In addition to the dependencies applicable to wetlands, the minimum requirement is that there should be at least two water users and an Ownership system in the river system being modelled.

Availability/conditions

Automatically included with Source.

Table 2. Assumptions and Constraints
No
Assumption/Constraint
1Owners cannot have a negative share of water in storage or transit
2The sum of each owners’ share of flow or storage volume at a model component will equal the total flow or storage volume for the corresponding component.
3The direction of flow in a wetland link is the direction that has the highest flow volume over the time step.

Structure & processes

Theory

Overview

A wetland can be viewed as one or more water compartments joined together. The way in which wetlands are modelled in Source is described in detail in the Wetlands SRG. The components used are:

In Source, the general rule for water ownership is that it is conserved as water moves from upstream to downstream. As the wetland link possesses no storage volume the ownership of water entering the link is equal to the ownership leaving it.

As wetland link flow can be in either direction, the ownership of flow on a wetland link is determined at the source of the flow. This source of flow may be a wetland compartment (Storage Node) or a river connection (Hydraulic Connector Node).

Wetland links

Outflow sharing arrangements are configured by the modeller at each end of a wetland link. The arrangements apply to flows leaving the node (and entering the wetland link) at the end at which the sharing arrangements are configured. Owners’ shares may be specified as fixed or proportional:

Sharesource(l, i) - Owner i’s share of outflow from the hydraulic connector along wetland link l
Ii - Owner ’s upstream inflow to the hydraulic connector over the current time step
I - Total upstream inflow to the hydraulic connector over the current time step

Sharesource(l, i) - Owner i’s share of outflow from the hydraulic connector along wetland link l
Vi - Owner i’’s storage volume.
V - Total volume in the storage.

In a Source scenario, it is possible for a wetland link’s ‘downstream’ node to be processed before the corresponding ‘upstream’ one. To address this issue, values of inflow or storage volume from the last time step are used to approximate the proportionally shared ownership.

For a wetland link l, an owner i’s flow during the current time step (Wli) is:

Equation 3

where:

Sharesource(l, i) - Owner i’s share of outflow from the hydraulic connector along wetland link l

Wl - Total wetland flow in a wetland link l during the current time step

Wetland nodes

An owner i’s total wetland flow volume entering/leaving a node over a time step (Wi) is the sum of its flow volume on all connected wetland links:

Equation 4

where:

l - A wetland link connected to the wetland node

Wli - Owner i’s flow volume in wetland link l during the current time step (as calculated by equation 3).

Hydraulic Connector Node Calculations

An owner i’’s downstream outflow at a hydraulic connector (Oi) is their upstream inflow minus their wetland flow:

Equation 5

where:

Ii - Owner i’s inflow at the hydraulic connector over the current time step

Wi - Owner i’s total wetland flow at the hydraulic connector over the current time step as calculated by equation 4.

An owner’s downstream outflow could be negative if they are assigned a fixed share of wetland outflow that exceeds their upstream inflow. Ownership rules dictate that every owner has non-negative outflow.  Hence, owners with a negative (deficit) downstream outflow volume must borrow from others with positive (surplus) flow. The surplus/deficit for each owner is their outflow volume:

Equation 6
Equation 7

The borrow method (described in Borrow and Payback - SRG) will return the amount an owner borrows (Borrowedi) and lends (Lenti). The owner’s outflow is then adjusted.

Equation 8

As flow processing ensures that total downstream outflow is non-negative, this adjustment will ensure every owner has non-negative outflow.

Storage Node Calculations

The storage ownership continuity equation described in Ownership in Storages - SRG is:

Equation 9

where:

Vi2 - Owner ’s volume of water in the reservoir this time step.

Vi1 - Owner ’s volume of water in the reservoir last time step.

Ii - Volume of inflow this time step belonging to owner i.

Ci - Net volume of water ceded by owner i this time step to all other owners, negative if this owner has ceded less water to other owners than received.

Pi - Proportional loss attributed to owner i, negative if a gain.

Fi - Fixed loss attributed to owner i, negative if a gain.

ISi - Net internal spill of owner i, negative if spill into owner’s share.

ESi - External spill for owner i.

Bi - Total borrowed from other owners by owner i, negative if the owner is lending to other owners.

Oi - Volume of regulated water released this time step for owner i.

Flow to or from the storage on a wetland link is treated as a fixed loss (part of Fi), as it is not determined by current time step calculations at the storage:

Borrow calculations for the storage node are discussed in Ownership in Storages - SRG. They need no modification to cater for storages in wetlands when  is defined as above.

Methodology

Variables used

Table 3. Common
SymbolPurpose/DescriptionUnits
iOwner index 
tTime step index – used for the current time step 
t - 1Index of the previous time step. 
Table 4. Wetland link
SymbolPurpose/DescriptionUnits
Node1‘from’ wetland node at one end of the link – the flow values are positive when flow comes from this node (configured).n/a
Node2‘to’ wetland node at the other end of the link – the flow values are negative when flow comes from this node (configured).n/a
FixedShare(Source, i)Owner i’s fixed flow share/ratio when flow is coming from the  end of the wetland link (configured - total for all owners adds up to 1).n/a
FlowSharing(Source)Sharing method (fixed/proportional) when flow is coming from the  end of the wetland link (configured).n/a
Share(i)Owner i’s share of flow in the wetland link (total for all owners adds up to 1).n/a
SourceNode at the end of the wetland link that flow is coming from in the current time step.n/a
Source.TypeType of node at the end of the wetland link that flow is coming from in the current time step – ‘Storage’ or ‘Hydraulic connector’n/a
flow(t)Wetland link’s total flow volume in timestep t.volume
flow(i, t)Owner i’s volume of the wetland link’s flow in timestep t.volume
Table 5. Wetland storage
Property or MethodPurpose/DescriptionUnits
F(i)Owner i’s volume of losses that are fixed for the current time step in the storage. 
Volume(i, t-1)Owner i’s volume of water in the storage at  the end of the previous timestep (calculated by the standard storage model).volume 
Volume(t - 1)Total volume of water in the storage at  the end of the previous timestep (calculated by the standard storage model).volume
WetlandLoss(i, t)Total flow volume for owner i to/from wetland links connected to the storage for timestep t. (A positive value is an outflow to the wetland)volume
Table 6. Hydraulic connector
Property or MethodPurpose/DescriptionUnits
Inflow(i, t)Inflow volume for owner, i, from a standard link upstream into the hydraulic connector for time step tvolume 
Outflow(i, t)Outflow volume for owner, i, to a standard link downstream of the hydraulic connector for time step tvolume 
WetlandLoss(i, t)Total flow volume for owner i to/from wetland links connected to the storage for timestep t. (A positive value is an outflow to the wetland)volume
Borrowed(i)The volume that owner, i, borrowed from other owners to meet their flow deficit.volume
Lent(i)The volume of downstream outflow that owner, i, lent to other owners with a deficit.volume
Deficit(i)The volume that owner, i, needs to borrow from other owners so that they do not have negative downstream outflow.volume
Surplus(i)Surplus (positive) downstream outflow for owner, i, that can be lent to other owners as required.volume

Flow phase

Wetland link

For each model time step the following steps are performed after the wetland link flow rate has been calculated to determine wetland link owner values:

  1. If this link has already been processed ((flow, (i, t) not null), exit here. (Ownership calculations only have to be done once on a wetland link).
  2. Get the ‘source’ node that flow originates from this time step. Note that a positive flow value indicates that flow moves from Node1 to Node2. (Node1, Node2 are configured).
  3. Get the source node’s outflow share. Last time step’s values are used as ownership processing may not have been performed for the node as yet:
  4. For each owner: Apply the owner’s share to the total to determine their flow volume.

    Equation 13

Wetland storage

The following method determines each owner’s share of wetland loss in a storage, and adds it to their total fixed losses:

  1. Determine total wetland flow per owner  using the generic method for a wetland node (See Method Description section below).
  2. Add each owner’s share of total wetland flow  to their share of fixed storage losses:
  3. Use this fixed loss value in ownership processing as per Ownership in Storages - SRG.

Hydraulic connector

Each owner’s upstream inflow to a hydraulic connector Inflow(i) equals the outflow from the link connected upstream (if none are connected, it is zero). To determine each owner’s share of wetland loss and outflow the following steps are performed:

  1. Determine total wetland flow per owner WetlandLoss(i) using the generic method for a wetland node (See Method Description section below).
  2. Each owner’s share of downstream outflow is its inflow plus wetland loss/gain:

    Equation 14
  3. If any owner has a negative share of outflow, use the borrow method to bring its share to zero:
    1. Determine owner surpluses and deficits – this is simply their unmodified downstream outflow:

      Equation 15
      Equation 16
    2. If any owner deficit > 0, use the Borrow method described in Borrow and Payback - SRG.
    3. Update every owner’s outflows for volumes borrowed and lent:

      Equation 17

Method Description

Generic method to calculate wetland loss for a wetland node

To determine total wetland flow per owner WetlandLoss(i):

For every connected wetland link

  1. Run the wetland link’s ownership processing – this determines WetlandLink.flow(i, t)
  2. Add each owner’s share of the wetland link’s flow WetlandLink.flow(i, t) to their wetland flow total WetlandLoss(i). The default ‘upstream’ node on a wetland link is Node1, so if the current flow value is positive, flow is moving away from this node.

Data

Input data

Details on data are provided in the Source User Guide.

Parameters or settings

Input parameters are summarised in Table 7.

Table 7. Wetland link: Ownership Parameters
Parameter Name
Parameter Description
Unit type
No. of values
Allowable values & validation rules
Default Value(s)
Source NodeName of a node connected to the wetland linkn/a2Read onlyName of connected node

Flow sharing method

Indicates whether the flow from Node will be shared in fixed ratio or proportionally.n/a2‘Fixed Ratio’ or ‘Proportional’Proportional

Flow sharing table: Owner

An owner in the wetland link’s ownership system.n/a1 per owner in o.s.Read onlyEach owner in the storage’s o.s.
Flow sharing table: ShareOwner’s percentage share of outflow from Node.%1 per ownerOwner percentages  must add up to 100%Equal share of 100 per owner.

Note: The initials o.s. refer to the current ownership system.

Output data

Recorded variables are listed in Table 8.

Table 8. Recorded variables: Wetland flow ownership
Model elementParameterUnitsVariable/calculationFreq.Display format
Wetland link + ownerShare%Share(i)Time step

Displayed as:

Graph,

Table,

Statistics (min, max, average over the modelled time period)
Wetland flow volumevolumeWetlandLoss(i)