Summary: Sahysmod is a mathematical
(numerical) computer program (model) for simulation
and prediction of the salinity of soil moisture,
ground and drainage water, the flow of
groundwater, depth of the watertable (water table)
and the drain discharge in irrigated agricultural
lands under different geohydrologic conditions,
varying watermanagement (water management)
options, including the re-use of groundwater
(ground water) for irrigation by pumping from
wells (conjunctive use), and several crop rotation
schedules. The aquifer may be unconfined
(phreatic) or semiconfined (semi confined, leaky).
The spatial variation is accounted for by a nodal
network of polygons.
General: Sahysmod combines the
agro-hydro-salinity model SaltMod and an
adjusted/extended polygonal groundwater
(ground water) model SGMP of my colleague
Dr.J.Boonstra. It allows for the introduction of
unconfined (phreatic) and semiconfined
(semi-confined, leaky) aquifers.
The modelling (modeling) helps in determining
sustainable land use and environmentally sound
watermanagement (water management) for
When the maximum number of polygons (300) is used,
the data base becomes quite large. The latest
version has improved network-making functions and a
version with more than 300 polygons can be made
available on request.
Details: The model calculates waterbalances
(water balances, budgets), actual from potential
evaporation (evapotranspiration), capillary rise,
deep percolation, and groundwater (ground water)
Optionally, farmers' responses can be simulated
adjusting agriculture and irrigation to
waterlogging (water logging) and salinity.
During May 2005, Mr. Juan Manuel Mendía and
Mr. Javier Sassi, Comahue University, Rio Negro,
Argentina, have made considerable efforts to test
the input menu. As a result it was adjusted in many
instances. I would like to express my gratitude to
In September 2006 I visited the university of Bonn
(Germany) where the model is used for assessment of
watermanagement (water management) in a valley in
As a result the model was further improved and
extended to accommodate particular situations.
In November 2008 the guided
procedure for construction of the polygonal
network was improved thanks to the efforts of Mr.
Tsegay Fithanegest Desta who applied the model in
Again, the procedure was extended as a result of
comments by Mrs. Francesca Verones from
On 20 September 2011 the program was given the
facility to bring the rotation type under the
farmers' responses, which resulted in version
On 24 September 2011 the general input interface,
in some cases, was given a multiple choice box
instead of an edit box.
On 3 July 2012 SahysMod was
totally brought under Delphi so that the auxiliary
Fortran files are no longer required and the size
of the package was considerably reduced. This
is version 2.1.1. On 25 Novenber 2012 also the
option was given to paste polygonal coordinates
from the clipboard.
Mapping: The program provides only graphs,
no maps (except the polygonal network map).
However, it gives the option to produce *.prn
text files of input and output features which can
be used in GIS, CAD, and other contour (isoline)
mapping programs. A free and simple program for
this purpose is QuikGrid (yes, not QuickGrid).
For a guide and examples of mapping with QuikGrid
see Mapping Guide or,
with more detail,
Start: The program starts clicking on
More information is given in the program itself.
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