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Simulation of extreme rainfall and streamflow events in small Mediterranean watersheds with a one-way-coupled atmospheric-hydrologic modelling system

Camera, C.; Bruggeman, A.; Zittis, G.; Sofokleous, I.; Arnault, J.

Coupled atmospheric–hydrologic systems are increasingly used as instruments for flood forecasting and water management purposes, making the performance of the hydrologic routines a key indicator of the model functionality. This study's objectives were (i) to calibrate the one-way-coupled WRF-Hydro model for simulating extreme events in Cyprus with observed precipitation and (ii) to evaluate the model performance when forced with WRF-downscaled (1×1 km$^{2}$) re-analysis precipitation data (ERA-Interim). This set-up resembles a realistic modelling chain for forecasting applications and climate projections. Streamflow was modelled during extreme rainfall events that occurred in January 1989 (calibration) and November 1994 (validation) over 22 mountain watersheds. In six watersheds, Nash–Sutcliffe efficiencies (NSEs) larger than 0.5 were obtained for both events. The WRF-modelled rainfall showed an average NSE of 0.83 for January 1989 and 0.49 for November 1994. Nevertheless, hydrologic simulations of the two events with the WRF-modelled rainfall and the calibrated WRF-Hydro returned negative streamflow NSE for 13 watersheds in January 1989 and for 18 watersheds in November 1994. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000126503
Veröffentlicht am 20.11.2020
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1561-8633, 1684-9981
KITopen-ID: 1000126503
Erschienen in Natural hazards and earth system sciences
Band 20
Heft 10
Seiten 2791-2810
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 23.10.2020
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