Modeling water quality in watersheds: From here to the next generation

Water Resources Research
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In this synthesis, we assess present research and anticipate future development needs in modeling water quality in watersheds. We first discuss areas of potential improvement in the representation of freshwater systems pertaining to water quality, including representation of environmental interfaces, in‐stream water quality and process interactions, soil health and land management, and (peri‐)urban areas. In addition, we provide insights into the contemporary challenges in the practices of watershed water quality modeling, including quality control of monitoring data, model parameterization and calibration, uncertainty management, scale mismatches, and provisioning of modeling tools. Finally, we make three recommendations to provide a path forward for improving watershed water quality modeling science, infrastructure, and practices. These include building stronger collaborations between experimentalists and modelers, bridging gaps between modelers and stakeholders, and cultivating and applying procedural knowledge to better govern and support water quality modeling processes within organizations.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Modeling water quality in watersheds: From here to the next generation
Series title Water Resources Research
DOI 10.1029/2020WR027721
Volume 56
Issue 11
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Contributing office(s) Upper Midwest Water Science Center
Description e2020WR027721, 28 p.
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