Water Resources Management

, Volume 23, Issue 12, pp 2539–2554

Harmonised Principles for Public Participation in Quality Assurance of Integrated Water Resources Modelling


    • Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
  • Jens Christian Refsgaard
    • Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
  • Anker Lajer Højberg
    • Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
  • Nils Ferrand
    • Cemagref, Montpellier
  • Peter Gijsbers
    • Delft Hydraulics
  • Huub Scholten
    • Wageningen University

DOI: 10.1007/s11269-008-9395-9

Cite this article as:
Henriksen, H.J., Refsgaard, J.C., Højberg, A.L. et al. Water Resour Manage (2009) 23: 2539. doi:10.1007/s11269-008-9395-9


The main purpose of public participation in integrated water resources modelling is to improve decision-making by ensuring that decisions are soundly based on shared knowledge, experience and scientific evidence. The present paper describes stakeholder involvement in the modelling process. The point of departure is the guidelines for quality assurance for ‘scientific‘ water resources modelling developed under the EU research project HarmoniQuA, which has developed a computer based Modelling Support Tool (MoST) to provide a user-friendly guidance and a quality assurance framework that aim for enhancing the credibility of river basin modelling. MoST prescribes interaction, which is a form of participation above consultation but below engagement of stakeholders and the public in the early phases of the modelling cycle and under review tasks throughout the process. MoST is a flexible tool which supports different types of users and facilitates interaction between modeller, manager and stakeholders. The perspective of using MoST for engagement of stakeholders e.g. higher level participation throughout the modelling process as part of integrated water resource management is evaluated.


Public participationWater resource modellingQuality assuranceInteractionEngagementMoSTHarmoniQuA

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