This project will build on the activities and achievements of the project "Integration and demonstration through urban design" (Project D1.1), that resulted in the development and delivery of the Water Sensitive Cities Modelling Toolkit (Version 2 beta). The purpose of this project is to refine the Water Sensitive Cities Modelling Toolkit (the Toolkit) based on testing by the CRCWSC and industry feedback.
This project will:
- deliver the Version 3 beta of the Toolkit developed initially as part of "Cities as Water Supply Catchments: Integration and demonstration through urban design" (Project D1.1); and
- build industry capacity in the application of the Toolkit to real-world case studies (including demonstration projects) across different Australian geo-climatic and urban development contexts.
This project will continue to apply and refine the Toolkit in line with industry feedback and available research. Specifically this project will:
- develop a product development plan for the development and application of the Toolkit;
- better understand the modelling needs of industry participants in relation to water sensitive transitions, and how the Toolkit can support these needs;
- build industry knowledge and capacity in applying the Toolkit, and in quantifying multiple benefits associated with water sensitive initiatives;
- test and validate existing Toolkit modules within different geo-climatic and urban development contexts (e.g. practical limits of module assumptions); and
- refine the modules by working with participants and end-users in a range of demonstration projects, industry nominated case study projects and research synthesis activities.
Project D1.5 will continue working with "Urban rainfall in a changing climate" project (Project B1.1) to implement their database of fine spatial and temporal resolution rainfall data predictions into the Toolkit. An additional Toolkit module linking key biophysical performance indicators to non-market valuation of related will also be developed. Strategic collaboration opportunities with relevant software development organisations to support the ongoing development and dissemination of the Toolkit (beyond the scope of Project D1.5) is also being explored.