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Titel (primär) Computationally inexpensive identification of noninformative model parameters by sequential screening
Autor Cuntz, M.; Mai, J.; Zink, M.; Thober, S.; Kumar, R.; Schäfer, D.; Schrön, M.; Craven, J.; Rakovec, O. ORCID logo ; Spieler, D.; Prykhodko, V.; Dalmasso, G.; Musuuza, J.; Langenberg, B.; Attinger, S.; Samaniego, L.
Journal / Serie Water Resources Research
Erscheinungsjahr 2015
Department CHS
Band/Volume 51
Heft 8
Seite von 6417
Seite bis 6441
Sprache englisch
UFZ Querschnittsthemen RU5;
Abstract Environmental models tend to require increasing computational time and resources as physical process descriptions are improved or new descriptions are incorporated. Many-query applications such as sensitivity analysis or model calibration usually require a large number of model evaluations leading to high computational demand. This often limits the feasibility of rigorous analyses. Here we present a fully automated sequential screening method that selects only informative parameters for a given model output. The method requires a number of model evaluations that is approximately 10 times the number of model parameters. It was tested using the mesoscale hydrologic model mHM in three hydrologically unique European river catchments. It identified around 20 informative parameters out of 52, with different informative parameters in each catchment. The screening method was evaluated with subsequent analyses using all 52 as well as only the informative parameters. Subsequent Sobol's global sensitivity analysis led to almost identical results yet required 40% fewer model evaluations after screening. mHM was calibrated with all and with only informative parameters in the three catchments. Model performances for daily discharge were equally high in both cases with Nash-Sutcliffe efficiencies above 0.82. Calibration using only the informative parameters needed just one third of the number of model evaluations. The universality of the sequential screening method was demonstrated using several general test functions from the literature. We therefore recommend the use of the computationally inexpensive sequential screening method prior to rigorous analyses on complex environmental models.
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Cuntz, M., Mai, J., Zink, M., Thober, S., Kumar, R., Schäfer, D., Schrön, M., Craven, J., Rakovec, O., Spieler, D., Prykhodko, V., Dalmasso, G., Musuuza, J., Langenberg, B., Attinger, S., Samaniego, L. (2015):
Computationally inexpensive identification of noninformative model parameters by sequential screening
Water Resour. Res. 51 (8), 6417 - 6441