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Pothole Hydrology Linked Systems Simulator (PHyLiSS)


McKenna, O.P., Mushet, D.M., Scherff, E.J., McLean, K.I., and Mills, C.T., 2018, The Pothole Hydrology-Linked Systems Simulator (PHyLiSS)—Development and application of a systems model for prairie-pothole wetlands: U.S. Geological Survey Report 2018–1165, 21 p.,


To more fully understand the complex, often interacting, influences of climate and land-use on prairie-pothole wetland systems, and to facilitate climate and land-use change adaptation efforts, a mechanistic understanding of the relationship between climate, land-use, hydrology, chemistry, and biota in prairie-pothole wetlands, is needed. We developed the Pothole Hydrology-Linked Systems Simulator (PHyLiSS) to help meet this need. PHyLiSS is a generalized coupled hydrologic and hydrogeochemical model of prairie-pothole wetland ecosystems. The current version of PHyLiSS has the capability to simulate wetland hydrology and salinity. Future iterations will be able to simulate the impacts of changing hydrology and salinity on biota. The [...]

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PHyLiSS v1.0.stmx
“PHyLiSS model v1.0 (empty)”
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PHyLiSS v1.0 example Wetland P1.stmx
“PHyLiSS model v1.0 (Wetland P1 example)”
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“Wetland complex example with NO consolidation drainage”
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