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Disentangling timing and amplitude errors in streamflow simulations

Seibert, Simon Paul; Ehret, Uwe; Zehe, Erwin

Abstract (englisch):
This article introduces an improvement in the Series Distance (SD) approach for the improved discrimination and visualization of timing and magnitude uncertainties in streamflow simulations. SD emulates visual hydrograph comparison by distinguishing periods of low flow and periods of rise and recession in hydrological events. Within these periods, it determines the distance of two hydrographs not between points of equal time but between points that are hydrologically similar. The improvement comprises an automated procedure to emulate visual pattern matching, i.e. the determination of an optimal level of generalization when comparing two hydrographs, a scaled error model which is better applicable across large discharge ranges than its non-scaled counterpart, and "error dressing", a concept to construct uncertainty ranges around deterministic simulations or forecasts. Error dressing includes an approach to sample empirical error distributions by increasing variance contribution, which can be extended from standard one-dimensional distributions to the two-dimensional distributions of combined time and magnitude errors provi ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Wasser und Gewässerentwicklung (IWG)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2016
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.5194/hess-20-3745-2016
ISSN: 1027-5606, 1607-7938
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-597811
KITopen ID: 1000059781
Erschienen in Hydrology and earth system sciences
Band 20
Heft 9
Seiten 3745-3763
Lizenz CC BY 3.0 DE: Creative Commons Namensnennung 3.0 Deutschland
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