Parameter sensitivity of a watershed-scale flood forecasting model as a function of modelling time-step

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dc.contributor.authorO'Loughlin, Fiachra-
dc.contributor.authorBruen, Michael-
dc.contributor.authorWagener, Thorsten-, IWA Publishingen
dc.identifier.citationHydrology Researchen
dc.description.abstractDespite significant developments, the simple, lumped, conceptual, rainfall-runoff model is still widely used for flood forecasting. What may not be appreciated is that, while such models can often be calibrated to give reasonable forecasts of flood flows, both parameter values and the fluxes of water through individual model components change significantly with the time step used. This means that such models should be used with caution for studies which require “internal” information, such as hydrograph separation or water quality studies that depend on knowing the fluxes through individual flow routes through the model and in studies which try to relate parameter values to physical features of the catchment. To demonstrate this time-scale limitation, a parameter sensitivity analysis was performed on a typical lumped conceptual model (SMARG) applied to a small rural catchment on the Irish East Coast for a number of different time-steps, flow regimes and evaluation metrics. A global sensitivity analysis method (GUI-HDMR, is applied to calculate sensitivity indices which varied greatly with time-step and evaluation metric used. The sensitivity of parameters also differed for different flow regimes. Care should be taken in using internal information and calibrated parameter in conceptual models because of the strong dependence on time-step.en
dc.publisherIWA Publishingen
dc.relation.requiresCentre for Water Resources Research Collectionen
dc.subjectFlood forecastingen
dc.subjectRainfall-runoff modelen
dc.subjectSensitivity analysisen
dc.titleParameter sensitivity of a watershed-scale flood forecasting model as a function of modelling time-stepen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
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dc.statusNot peer revieweden
dc.description.adminfor the following collections (i) School of Civil Structural and Environmental Engineering (ii) Centre for Water Resources Research Note the Journal was originally called Nordic Hydrology but has changed its name to Hydrology Research and this is what should be used in the repository (the RMS hasnt yet been updateden
dc.description.adminCheck DOI when published - OR 22/02/2013en
dc.description.admin12m embargo based on date of online publication 10 July 2012, as per request from publisher by email 22/02/2013 - ORen
dc.description.adminTS 22.03.13en
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