Impact model: MATSIRO

MATSIRO is one of the 13 global hydrology models following the ISIMIP2a protocol which form the base of simulations for the ISIMIP2a global water sector outputs; for a full technical description of the ISIMIP2a Simulation Data from Water (global) Sector, see this DOI link:

Water (global)
Contact Person
  • Yusuke Satoh (, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria)

Information for the model MATSIRO is provided for the simulation rounds shown in the tabs below. Click on the appropriate tab to get the information for the simulation round you are interested in.

Basic information
Model Version: HiGW-MAT
Reference Paper: Other References:
Output Data
Experiments: historical
Climate Drivers: GSWP3, PGMFD v.2 (Princeton), WATCH (WFD), WATCH+WFDEI
Date: 2016-08-23
Spatial Aggregation: regular grid
Spatial Resolution: 0.5°x0.5°
Temporal Resolution Of Input Data: Climate Variables: 3hrly
Temporal Resolution Of Input Data: Co2: constant
Temporal Resolution Of Input Data: Land Use/Land Cover: constant
Temporal Resolution Of Input Data: Soil: constant
Input data sets used
Observed Atmospheric Climate Data Sets Used: GSWP3, PGMFD v.2 (Princeton), WATCH (WFD)
Climate Variables: tas, rlds, rhs, rsds, prsn, ps, pr
Was A Spin-Up Performed?: Yes
Spin-Up Design: 1951-1970
Natural Vegetation
Natural Vegetation Partition: SiB2 global land cover dataset. fixed vegetation characteristics for 12 types of natural land cover
Management & Adaptation Measures
Management: no
Technological Progress
Technological Progress: Industrial and domestic water demand which relfect GDP growth are one of input of the model
Soil Layers: 13 layers
Water Use
Water-Use Types: Irrigation (simulated), doemstic (prescribed), industrial (precribed)
Water-Use Sectors: Under process of simulation: Irrigation (simulated), doemstic (prescribed), industrial (precribed)
Runoff Routing: TRIP (Oki et al. 1999), constant flow velocity (5m/s), DDM30 river routine, GRanD resevoirs (pressoc and varsoc)
Land Use
Land-Use Change Effects: Irrigation area
Dams & Reservoirs
Dam And Reservoir Implementation: Use GranDR resevoir data. Reservoir operation is Monthly base operation and dynamically linked with routing. For varsoc run, the construction year of each dam/reservoir was taken into accounted.
How Is Vegetation Represented?: Monthly LAI, and fixed vegetation characteristics for 12 types of natural land cover
Potential Evapotranspiration: Penman-Monteith
Snow Melt: Energy balance