Special Issue "Advances in Integrated Watershed Modeling and Decision Support for Watershed Management"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydrology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Cheng-Zhi Qin
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State Key Laboratory of Resources & Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences & Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
Interests: digital terrain analysis; watershed modeling and BMPs scenario analysis; digital soil mapping; intelligent geographical modeling; parallel geocomputation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Scenario analysis and spatial optimization of best management practices (BMPs) based on watershed processes simulation coupled with intelligent optimization algorithms is an effective simulation-based framework which can detailedly evaluate the environmental effectiveness and cost-benefit of potential landuse configurations in advance and recommend those optimal scenarios. This framework is extremely valuable for watershed management planning in the context of climate change, sustainable development goals (SDGs), and decision-making with multiple stakeholders. In recent years, multidisciplinary researches are facilitating and accelerating progress in almost all parts of this framework, such as integrated watershed modeling, high-performance computation of spatially distributed watershed models, intelligent modeling, participatory spatial plan, new types of spatial units for configuring BMP scenarios, intelligent spatial optimization, and corresponding easy-to-use tools.

This special issue aims to collect original research and review articles on the recent advances in integrated watershed modeling and decision support for watershed management, including, but not limited to, methods, tools, and applications of integrated watershed modeling, high-performance watershed simulation, scenario analysis and spatial optimization of watershed BMPs.

Prof. Dr. Cheng-Zhi Qin
Guest Editor

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  • Watershed manangement
  • Best Management Practice (BMP)
  • Scenario analysis
  • Spatial optimization
  • Integrated watershed modeling
  • Intelligent modeling
  • Decision support tool

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Research on Water Quality Simulation and Water Environmental Capacity in Lushui River Based on WASP Model
Water 2021, 13(20), 2819; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13202819 - 11 Oct 2021
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In recent years, the severe deterioration of water quality and eutrophication in the Yangtze River has brought much trouble to people’s lives. Because of this, numerous management departments have paid more and more attention to the treatment of the water environment. In order [...] Read more.
In recent years, the severe deterioration of water quality and eutrophication in the Yangtze River has brought much trouble to people’s lives. Because of this, numerous management departments have paid more and more attention to the treatment of the water environment. In order to respond to water environmental protection policy and provide management departments with a basis for refining water quality, this paper takes the Zhuzhou section of Yangtze River-Lushui watershed as its research object. First, we used the Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program (WASP) model as a tool, and obtained the pollution load using the FLUX method formula. During the calibration process, the sensitivity analysis method, the orthogonal design method, and the trial and error method were used. Then, we verified the results by using water quality monitoring data published by Zhuzhou Ecological Environment Bureau. Following that, the water environmental capacity of the Lushui River in normal, wet and dry periods was calculated using the WASP model: the chemical oxygen demand (COD) was 14,072.94 tons/yr, 17,147.7 tons/yr and 10,998.18 tons/yr, respectively; ammonia nitrogen (AN) was 469.098 tons/yr, 571.59 tons/yr and 366.606 tons/yr, respectively; and total phosphorus (TP) was 93.8196 tons/yr, 114.318 tons/yr and 73.3212 tons/yr, respectively. The results show that the WASP model is applicable and reliable and can be used as an effective tool for water quality prediction and management in this area. Full article
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