Water Resources Management

, Volume 23, Issue 12, pp 2539–2554 | Cite as

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

  • Hans Jørgen HenriksenEmail author
  • Jens Christian Refsgaard
  • Anker Lajer Højberg
  • Nils Ferrand
  • Peter Gijsbers
  • Huub Scholten


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 participation Water resource modelling Quality assurance Interaction Engagement MoST HarmoniQuA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Jørgen Henriksen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jens Christian Refsgaard
    • 1
  • Anker Lajer Højberg
    • 1
  • Nils Ferrand
    • 2
  • Peter Gijsbers
    • 3
  • Huub Scholten
    • 4
  1. 1.Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)CopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Cemagref, MontpellierMontpellier Cedex 5France
  3. 3.Delft HydraulicsDelftThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Wageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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