Improving the theoretical underpinnings of process-based hydrologic models

Clark, Martyn P.; Schaefli, Bettina; Schymanski, Stanislaus J.; Samaniego, Luis; Luce, Charles H.; Jackson, Bethanna M.; Freer, Jim E.; Arnold, Jeffrey R.; Dan Moore, R.; Istanbulluoglu, Erkan; Ceola, Serena (2016). Improving the theoretical underpinnings of process-based hydrologic models. Water resources research, 52(3), pp. 2350-2365. American Geophysical Union 10.1002/2015wr017910

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In this Commentary we argue that it is possible to improve the physical realism of hydrologic models by making better use of existing hydrologic theory. We address the following questions: (1) what are some key elements of current hydrologic theory; (2) how can those elements best be incorporated where they may be missing in current models; and (3) how can we evaluate competing hydrologic theories across scales and locations? We propose that hydrologic science would benefit from a model-based community synthesis effort to reframe, integrate and evaluate different explanations of hydrologic behavior, and provide a controlled avenue to find where understanding falls short. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Schaefli, Bettina

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0043-1397

Publisher:

American Geophysical Union

Language:

English

Submitter:

Bettina Schäfli

Date Deposited:

15 Jan 2021 16:18

Last Modified:

15 Jan 2021 16:26

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/2015wr017910

Uncontrolled Keywords:

hydrologic theory multiple hypotheses model evaluation uncertainty 1805 Computational hydrology 1839 Hydrologic scaling 1873 Uncertainty assessment 1813 Eco-hydrology

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/151310

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/151310

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