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SAHYSMOD. Spatial Agro-Hydro-Salinity Model. INTRO. Sahysmod working group. Polygons. The principle of Sahysmod is a network of noda l points (nodes) with coordinates. Then, polygons are made around the nodes using the principle of Thiessen. In each polygon:

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Spatial Agro-Hydro-Salinity Model



Sahysmod working group

Sahysmod working group



The principle of Sahysmod is a network of nodal

points (nodes) with coordinates.

Then, polygons are made around the nodes

using theprinciple ofThiessen.

In each polygon:

  • Saltmod is applied separately

  • Groundwater flow is calculated from water levels in neighbouring polygons and hydraulic conductivity between the polygons using small time steps.

Example 1 a large nodal network case study garmsar

Example 1: a large nodal network, case study Garmsar

Example 2 simple nodal network case study icmald

Example 2: simple nodal network, case study Icmald

Case study icmald

Case study Icmald

  • In case study Icmald there is only one line of internal polgons surrounded by external polygons for boundary conditions.

  • The hydraulic conductivity between internal and external polygons is made zero so that the flow can not spread out, it is only in one direction.

  • This pattern is useful to calculate conditions in a cross-section over a valley from upland to the bottom land and river

Details icmald

Details Icmald

  • In the centre of the area, from left to right, there is a leaking irrigation canal.

  • In the downstream part of the area there are waterlogging and salinity problems

  • First we simulate the effect of canal lining.

  • Secondly we simulate the effect of interceptor drain along the canal.

  • The results are shown in the next table

Example of result case study icmald

Example of result case study Icmald



  • We can see that canal lining and interception drainage have a small effect in the lower part, because the infiltration losses from the canal are small compared to the deep percolation losses from field irrigation in the upper area.

  • In the lower part there is little irrigation due to waterlogging and salinity. If we increase the irrigation for reclamation and cropping, the watertable will become very shallow again.

  • Canal lining or interception drainage are not sufficient to cure the problem.

  • If enough irrigation water is available, the lower part can be reclaimed using normal drainage system or wells. This can also be simulated.


The upper external polygon has very salty ground water (50 dS/m, like sea water). We can analyze its displacement.

Example 3 hansi farm india

Example 3, Hansi Farm, India

In hansi farm the following polygonal network was used

In Hansi Farm, the following polygonal network was used

Hansi case study

Hansi case study

  • In Hansi Farm, there is natural drainage through the aquifer to the neighbouring areas because the water level in Hansi is higher.

  • The neighbouring areas recieve upward seepage of groundwater and are in danger of salinization.

  • Sahysmod was used to determine drain discharge at different drain depths of possible drainage systems in Hansi Farm.

Results from hansi case study

Results from Hansi case study

  • It was found that deeper drains discharge more water because the waterlevel is lower and underground outflow is less.

  • When the drainage level is deeper than 2 m, in some polygons the natural underground outflow changes into underground inflow, causing upward seepage of ground water, so that the drain discharge is even more.

  • Some data are given in the next slide

Some data from hansi results

Some data from Hansi results

  • In polygon 1 the water table drops from 3.0 m depth to 3.2 m depth even though the drain discharge is always zero. This shows that polygon 1 does not need drainage, but some water from polygon 1 goes to the drains of neighbouring polygons. by drainage other polygons.

  • In polygon 8, the present groundwater outflow is 2.8 m/year. This indicates excessive irrigation.

  • In polygon 12 the drain discharge without drainage system is only 0.46 m/year. With drainage level at 2 m. depth it is 4.3 m/year. Hence, deep drainage attracts much water from neighbouring nodes.

  • Hence, the drain discharge is influenced by the drain depth.



  • Sahysmod can be used for many different situations and purposes.

  • Only two examples were given and only a few aspects of these examples were discussed.

  • More information on these examples can be found in the manual that can be downloaded from website under Articles/Manuals.

  • Also the program itself can be downloaded freely from this website under Software



  • The outcomes can be checked by hand, even though the calculations are tedious.

  • The output of Sahysmod can be saved in spreadsheet files. These can be used for further analysis in:

    • Spreadsheets (e.g. Excel)

    • GIS, Surfer, Winsurf, etc. (for mapping)

  • A GIS example follows

Initial values 1995 calculated and measured 1996

Initial values 1995, calculated and measured 1996

Calculated and measured 1990

Calculated and measured 1990


  • This ends the powerpoint presentation.

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