Water Locator

Define the location of drinking water for each of your animal populations / herds. Set the drinking dependency in the other animal parameters in the Parameters View window and load the GIS data into the Water Locator. Modify this distribution and save the resulting file as your new GIS input. The Water Locator will work with you to make sure that your water points are valid according to your site and your area mask.

Use the Water Locator to introduce GIS data for your water points and/or bomas. You need to do this for every animal type in your model that you want to exhibit watering behaviour. If you request watering behaviour for the dry season, or wet season herding, but have not specified a water point/boma distribution, the modelling software will allocate a default distribution which is in fact a single point located centrally in the model grid.

Why are water points and bomas treated the same? Well, from experience, herding practises tend to kraal livestock each evening which equates boma enclosures with daily returns to drinking water sources. Therefore, for now, bomas are simply assumed in the same category as water, i.e., a focal point to return to. In future, water and boma distributions may be separately defined if there is a case for sufficient temporal and spatial differences between their utilization. This may require input from a study of herding practises. Currently, the model simply returns the animal population / herd to the specified source at the end of each foraging day if directed by your options for water dependency and wet season herding accessed through the Parameter View window.
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