On-the-job training on water availability assessment in the Kabul River basin using the JAMS/J2000 hydrological model


The Strengthening Water Resources Management in Afghanistan (SWaRMA) Initiative is supported by the Governments of Afghanistan and Australia and implemented by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). It aims to co-create knowledge and provide co-learning opportunities to enhance the capacity of Afghanistan partners in managing water resources. 

In collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW), Afghanistan, an on-the-job-training programme on the application of the JAMS/J2000 model in the Kabul River basin is being organized. Participants will include representatives from relevant ministries and universities of Afghanistan, including the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), Kabul University (KU), and Kabul Polytechnic University (KPU). 

J2000 is a standard hydrological model within the Jena Adaptable Modelling System (JAMS) framework. It provides a flexible, component-based environmental modelling framework in which major hydrological processes are described as an encapsulated process and can be adapted on the basis of data availability in the catchment of interest. The JAMS/J2000 offers a very flexible modelling environment and has a simple graphical user interface, data analysis tool, online/offline based calibration, sensitivity, and uncertainty analysis toolbox. 

With this flexible modelling environment, JAMS-based models have been successfully applied in different parts of the world to meet the current challenges in sustainable management of water resources, land use management, erosion processes, nutrient transport, and crop growth processes. These models are widely used and have been adapted to demonstrate the importance of hydrological processes in the Himalayan region. Glacier melt processes have been also adapted and tested in major river basins, including in the Mount Everest region.


This training aims to co-create knowledge by strengthening the capacity of Afghanistan partners on water availability assessment of the Kabul River basin by applying the J2000 hydrological model.

The specific objectives are as follows: 

  • Set up the J2000 model for the Kabul River basin 

  • Conduct water balance assessment and determine the various components of the hydrograph for the Kabul sub-river basin  

  • Understand the snow and glacier dynamics and groundwater and evapotranspiration processes in the Kabul sub-river basin on the basis of the model’s output 

Kindly note that participants have already been nominated by the Government of Afghanistan and we cannot accommodate any external requests at the moment.