RIBASIM can be used for several types of assessments. The types of analysis addressed by the model are the following:
Evaluation of the limits on resources and/or the potential for development in a region or basin:
Evaluation of measures to improve the water supply or water quality situation:
Evaluation of the origin of water for every location in the river basin as a first step towards an actual water quality analysis. Without the necessity of having available information with regard to waste loads, waste water discharges and water quality of (upstream) sources the effect of measures on the distribution of water from the various sources in the basin is calculated (influence area of a source of water).
Any river basin analysis which requires simulation of the water balance at the basin, regional or trans boundary scale. RIBASIM provides the means to prepare such system water balance with enough detail, taking for example into account re-use of water by different sectors, and providing a comprehensive set of results parameters with which to carry out the final analysis. In this way, RIBASIM results can be used directly for policy development studies, or indirectly as an input for sector specific overviews of water demand and use patterns.