Though progress has been made in integrating several models to more accurately represent human-hydrologic systems, integrated models are increasingly complex, requiring additional work on calibration, validation, and minimizing uncertainty.
This paper evaluates the pros and cons of integration and methodology in increasing the complexity of models representing the Ogallala Aquifer in the Southern High Plains (Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma) through three topics: surface water-groundwater model coupling, watershed-groundwater model coupling, data gaps in anthropogenic water use and extraction.
In addition, climate change and projecting future climate change scenarios are raised as another layer of uncertainty critical to evaluating and predicting human-groundwater interactions, particularly in the agriculturally dependent Southern High Plains.
Publication: Uddameri, V., Singaraju, S., Karim, A., Gowda, P., Bailey, R. and Schipanski, M. (2017). Understanding Climate-Hydrologic-Human Interactions to Guide Groundwater Model Development for Southern High Plains. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, 162: 79 – 99.