Development and validation of physically based advanced simulation models for water driven geophysical processes (SIMGEOWATER)
Universidad de Zaragoza, 2016-2018, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (CGL2015-66114-R) (50% co-funded by FEDER)
This project aims at the development of a high performance computational tool for the simulation of the hydrological and geomorphological processes of interest for flood prevention, at the level of the whole basin, with a special focus on urban areas.
Current commercial tools are not only expensive for general end-users but fail to take into account key processes related sediment transport and compromise spatial resolution to achieve computational speed. The proposed simulation tool will overcome these shortcomings by
- New conceptual models for hydrodynamic and transport phenomena, using new empirical evidence from laboratory work and
- implementing within a HPC paradigm, allowing for watershed-scale computations within affordable times for end-users with little resolution compromise.
Within this project, the group experience and knowledge will be used to achieve the goal of a coupled and unified simulation platform by:
- Strengthening the mathematical analysis of the models to ensure the robustness of the simulation tool;
- Developing fast-simulation algorithms for the numerical simulation of the different physical processes, based on existing models and taking advantage of GPU computing;
- Validating the new developments using existing well-documented test cases (lab and field data) and new experiments conducted within the project, especially designed for testing the new tool;
- Developing a unified, easy-to-use, modelling interface for the design of flood scenarios and GIS-visualization of the results.