To community and beyond!

Schematic of landscape showing water flow parameters

Schematic showing elements in the AWRA landscape modelling system

The model behind our Australian Landscape Water Balance is now available to the hydrological community.

The Bureau's Australian Water Resources Assessment (AWRA) landscape modelling system provides estimates of water fluxes and stores in the Australian landscape including daily 5 km by 5 km gridded soil moisture, runoff, evapotranspiration and deep drainage values, back to 1911.

Releasing the AWRA Community Modelling System means the public, researchers and organisations can now access, run and alter the model and suggest changes. This means AWRA can be used for different applications, such as local area applications using locally relevant climate, soil or vegetation properties. This release also allows further development and improvement of the model to benefit the community of modellers and users of AWRA outputs.

The AWRA Community Modelling System includes:

  • the core AWRA model code
  • modules for simulation, visualisation, calibration and benchmarking the model
  • test input data and example workflows
  • user guide.

We will be conducting various training workshops on use of the system in early 2017.

To gain access to the full documentation, datasets, ongoing support and contribute changes you need to be a registered user.

Please email awracms(at) if you are interested in the training workshops, becoming a registered user or have any questions about the AWRA Community Modelling System.

You don’t need the model code to access water balance estimates. These model outputs are available online through the Australian Landscape Water Balance web pages, and are finding widespread use across industry within Australia.

Access the AWRA Community Modelling System