SIMGRO is currently used by several waterboards and is applied in several projects in the Netherlands as well as abroad. The system can be applied to answer questions like:
- how does the water system react on extreme events or climate change?
- where can inundations be expected?
- how is crop damage caused by inundation geographically distributed?
- how do groundwater levels react on normal and extreme climatological events?
SIMGRO is particularly useful for the evaluation of effects of water management measures, belonging to the following categories:
Surface water management
- manipulation of open water levels during the growing season and periods of high discharge
- supply of foreign water through open channels; various options, time-dependent flow rates
Drainage- and collector systems
- densities of networks of ditches and trenches
- modification of cross-sections of channels
- allocation of weirs
- installation of subsurface drainage systems (depth, spacing)
- intentional routing of drainage effluent through open collectors through specific channel(sections)
Water supply for agriculture
- sprinkling from groundwater
- sprinkling from surface water
Water resources management
- location(s) and rate of groundwater abstraction for drinking water
- location(s) and rate of groundwater abstraction for water for industrial use
- location(s) and rate of groundwater abstraction for greenhouse horticulture
- replacement of agricultural crops by natural vegetation
- felling of trees
- expansion of urban areas into farmland