The global water resources and use model WaterGAP v2.2d - model output driven by gswp3-w5e5 and historical setup of direct human impacts
Peiris, Thedini Asali
11 Geosciences and Geography
318-01 Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Limnology, Urban Water Management, Water Chemistry, Integrated Water Resources Management
20 October 2023
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Assessing global freshwater resources and human water use is of value for a number of needs but challenging. The global water use and water availability model WaterGAP has been in development since 1996 and has served a range of applications such as assessments of global water resources and water stress, also under the impact of climate change, drought hazard quantification, Life Cycle Assessments, water (over)use and consequently depletion of water resources and a better understanding of terrestrial water storage variations (jointly with satellite observations). Here, the reader can download model output for the time period 1901-2019 that was computed by driving WaterGAP v2.2e by four alternative climate datasets (climate forcings) that were generated in the ISIMIP context (https://www.isimip.org) and are described in https://data.isimip.org/10.48364/ISIMIP.982724. For two climate datasets, model runs up to 2021 or 2022 are available. For comparison, output of a version of WaterGAP v2.2d that is calibrated to the same dataset of observed streamflow as WaterGAP v2.2e is provided. Each of the climate forcing-model version combinations is run in two socio-economic settings, histsoc and nosoc. In nosoc, human water use is set to zero and man-made reservoirs are assumed to be non-existant. In the paper connected to this dataset (to be submitted to Geoscientific Model Development), the newest model version, WaterGAP v2.2e is described by providing the modifications to the previous version v2.2d (Müller Schmied et al. 2021) and the corresponding changes in model output. The most important and requested model outputs (total water storage variations, streamflow and water use) are evaluated against observation data. Standard model output is described as well as the specifics of the WaterGAP contribution within the ISIMIP framework.
Müller Schmied, H., Cáceres, D., Eisner, S., Flörke, M., Herbert, C., Niemann, C., Peiris, T. A., Popat, E., Portmann, F. T., Reinecke, R., Schumacher, M., Shadkam, S., Telteu, C.-E., Trautmann, T., Döll, P. (2021): The global water resources and use model WaterGAP v2.2d: Model description and evaluation. Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 1037–1079. https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-14-1037-2021
The data is available in compressed netcdf data format. The spatial resolution is 0.5 deg x 0.5 deg, the temporal resolution varies (static, monthly or yearly).
The name pattern is the following:
This dataset contains WaterGAP 2.2d model output with the climate forcing gswp3-w5e5. In contrast to earlier published results for this climate forcing (https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.948461) this dataset is based on calibrating WaterGAP v2.2d against the updated calibration data set of WaterGAP v2.2e. It is provided for comparison purposes. The socioeconomic-setting is "histsoc" (time-varying direct human influences such as reservoir and water use). The start year is 1901 and end year is 2019. For further information please see the associated paper.