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DOI 10.1002/2015WR017910
Title (Primary) Improving the theoretical underpinnings of process-based hydrologic models
Author Clark, M.P.; Schaefli, B.; Schymanski, S.J.; Samaniego, L. ORCID logo ; Luce, C.H.; Jackson, B.M.; Freer, J.E.; Arnold, J.R.; Moore, R.D.; Istanbulluoglu, E.; Ceola, S.
Source Titel Water Resources Research
Year 2016
Department CHS
Volume 52
Issue 3
Page From 2350
Page To 2365
Language englisch
Keywords Computational hydrology; Hydrologic scaling; Uncertainty assessment; Eco-hydrology; hydrologic theory; multiple hypotheses; model evaluation; uncertainty
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Abstract 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.
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Clark, M.P., Schaefli, B., Schymanski, S.J., Samaniego, L., Luce, C.H., Jackson, B.M., Freer, J.E., Arnold, J.R., Moore, R.D., Istanbulluoglu, E., Ceola, S. (2016):
Improving the theoretical underpinnings of process-based hydrologic models
Water Resour. Res. 52 (3), 2350 - 2365 10.1002/2015WR017910