Risks in hydrological modelling due to uncertainties in discharge determination

Martijn J. Booij, Sander P.M. van den Tillaart, S.P.M. van den Tillaart, Martinus S. Krol

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Abstract

Uncertainties in discharge determination may have serious consequences for hydrological modelling and resulting discharge predictions affecting flood and drought risk assessment and decision making. The aim of this study is to quantify the effect of discharge errors on parameters and performance of a conceptual hydrological model for discharge prediction applied to two catchments. Four error sources in discharge determination are considered: a combination of systematic and random measurement errors without autocorrelation; random measurement errors with autocorrelation; hysteresis in the discharge-water level relation; and effects of an outdated discharge–water level relation. Results show that systematic errors and an outdated discharge–water level relation have a considerable influence on model performance, while other error sources have a small to negligible effect. The effects of errors on parameters are large if the effects on model performance are large, and vice versa. Parameters controlling the water balance are influenced by systematic errors, and parameters related to the shape of the hydrograph are influenced by random errors. Large effects of discharge errors on model performance and parameters should be taken into account when using discharge predictions for risk assessment and decision making
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRisk in Water Resources Management
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of Symposium H03 at IUGG2011
EditorsGunther Bloschl, Kuni Takeuchi, Sharad Jain, Andreas Farnleitner, Andreas Schumann
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherIAHS Press
Pages95-100
Number of pages276
ISBN (Print)9781907161223
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2011

Publication series

NameIAHS publication
PublisherIAHS Press
Number347
Volume344
ISSN (Print)0144-7815

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hydrological modeling
autocorrelation
risk assessment
prediction
hydrograph
hysteresis
water budget
drought
decision making
parameter
effect
catchment

Keywords

  • METIS-276698
  • model calibration
  • Uncertainty
  • IR-78686
  • hydrological modelling
  • discharge determination
  • Meuse River
  • SCEM-UA

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Booij, M. J., van den Tillaart, S. P. M., van den Tillaart, S. P. M., & Krol, M. S. (2011). Risks in hydrological modelling due to uncertainties in discharge determination. In G. Bloschl, K. Takeuchi, S. Jain, A. Farnleitner, & A. Schumann (Eds.), Risk in Water Resources Management: Proceedings of Symposium H03 at IUGG2011 (pp. 95-100). (IAHS publication; Vol. 344, No. 347). Melbourne: IAHS Press.
Booij, Martijn J. ; van den Tillaart, Sander P.M. ; van den Tillaart, S.P.M. ; Krol, Martinus S. / Risks in hydrological modelling due to uncertainties in discharge determination. Risk in Water Resources Management: Proceedings of Symposium H03 at IUGG2011. editor / Gunther Bloschl ; Kuni Takeuchi ; Sharad Jain ; Andreas Farnleitner ; Andreas Schumann. Melbourne : IAHS Press, 2011. pp. 95-100 (IAHS publication; 347).
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Booij, MJ, van den Tillaart, SPM, van den Tillaart, SPM & Krol, MS 2011, Risks in hydrological modelling due to uncertainties in discharge determination. in G Bloschl, K Takeuchi, S Jain, A Farnleitner & A Schumann (eds), Risk in Water Resources Management: Proceedings of Symposium H03 at IUGG2011. IAHS publication, no. 347, vol. 344, IAHS Press, Melbourne, pp. 95-100.

Risks in hydrological modelling due to uncertainties in discharge determination. / Booij, Martijn J.; van den Tillaart, Sander P.M.; van den Tillaart, S.P.M.; Krol, Martinus S.

Risk in Water Resources Management: Proceedings of Symposium H03 at IUGG2011. ed. / Gunther Bloschl; Kuni Takeuchi; Sharad Jain; Andreas Farnleitner; Andreas Schumann. Melbourne : IAHS Press, 2011. p. 95-100 (IAHS publication; Vol. 344, No. 347).

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Booij MJ, van den Tillaart SPM, van den Tillaart SPM, Krol MS. Risks in hydrological modelling due to uncertainties in discharge determination. In Bloschl G, Takeuchi K, Jain S, Farnleitner A, Schumann A, editors, Risk in Water Resources Management: Proceedings of Symposium H03 at IUGG2011. Melbourne: IAHS Press. 2011. p. 95-100. (IAHS publication; 347).