Testing the simulation skill of hydrological models under transient climate conditions for European case studies

Ernesto Pasten Zapata, Paul Royer-Gaspard, Rafael Pimentel, Torben Obel Sonnenborg, Anthony Lemoine, María José Pérez-Palazón, Raphael Johannes Maria Schneider, Christiana Photiadou

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Commonly, the analysis of climate change impacts on hydrology involves a series of steps that begin with a General Circulation Model followed by the application of a downscaling or bias correction method and then coupling the climate outputs to a hydrological model. Nevertheless, frequently the hydrological models employed in these analyses are not tested to assess their skill to simulate the hydrology of a catchment under changing climate regimes. We evaluate such skill by applying a Differential Split Sampling Test (DSST) using the available observations. The models are calibrated during the three most extreme dry (or wet) years and evaluated on the three most wet (or dry) years. The DSST is applied on three catchments located across Europe: Denmark, France and Spain. This spatial distribution allows us to evaluate the method on diverse climatic and hydrological regimes. Furthermore, the DSST is applied to three different models in each of the catchments and case-specific metrics are evaluated to determine the practical usefulness of the models. Based on the DSST results, we assign a weight to the hydrological models and drive them with six Euro-CORDEX Regional Climate Models to assess climate change scenarios for the case-specific metrics. This methodology allows us to increase the confidence of our projections considering the hydrological model uncertainty for transient climatic conditions.
TitelEGU General Assembly 2020
StatusUdgivet - 2020
BegivenhedEGU General Assembly 2020 - Wien, Østrig
Varighed: 4 maj 20208 maj 2020


KonferenceEGU General Assembly 2020
Forkortet titelEGU 2020


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