WMS:GSSHA Nutrients

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To model nutrients using GSSHA:

  1. Toggle on the Nutrients option in the Job Control.
    GSSHA Job Control Parameters dialog with the Nutrients option selected.
  2. Open the Nutrients dialog to view the four nutrient tabs: Point Sources, Non Point Sources, Other, and Uniform Properties. Enter nutrient concentrations in the Other tab. These concentrations will be applied to rainfall input. The Uniform properties tab contains default values for uniform nutrient properties. It's possible to adjust these values.
    Nutrients dialog showing the Other tab.
    Nutrients dialog showing the Uniform Properties tab.
  3. Create stream and grid index maps. At least one stream and one grid index map is required for nutrient setup.
    GSSHA Maps dialog showing the Index – Stream tab.
  4. Set up the initial conditions for the stream and grid index maps using the Nutrients map tables in the GSSHA Map Table dialog. The following map tables are supported:
    • Aquatic kinetic constants
    • Dispersion
    • Nitrogen initial conditions
    • Phosphorus initial conditions
    • Carbon initial conditions
    • Other initial conditions
    • Soil nitrogen initial conditions
    • Soil phosphorus initial conditions
    • Soil carbon initial conditions
    • Soil uptake rates
    • Soil/water partitioning
    • Groundwater nitrogen initial conditions
    • Groundwater phosphorus initial conditions
    • Groundwater other initial conditions
  5. Turn on any nutrient related output options in the Output Control dialog to view the desired datasets.
  6. If wanting to define Point Sources or Non-Point Sources, select the Nutrients button in the GSSHA Job Control dialog. If defining non-point sources, define a grid-based or a stream-based index map associated with the non-point source. If defining a point source, determine the I, J index of the cell if defining an overland point source or the Link, Node index if defining a stream point source. The I, J can be determined from the grid cell properties in the Properties window. The Link number can be determined by turning on the link number display option and viewing the link numbers in the WMS graphics window. Whether defining a point or non-point contaminant source, define a mass curve or a concentration curve for any contaminant source to be modeled.

Other important troubleshooting notes:

  • GSSHA nutrients can only be modeled in long-term simulations.
  • The contaminants option must be turned on with at least one contaminant in order for nutrients to run. In this case, all contaminant parameters can be left at 0.
  • Turn on the initial depth option in the job control and specify an initial depth for any initial condition nutrient mapping tables to have any effect.
  • A project must have at least one ID for all nutrient mapping tables for nutrients to run properly, even if the values for some IDs are all 0.

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