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Modelling river discharge at sub-daily time-step: comparison of the performances of the conceptual SWAT model and the process-oriented MARINE model

Boithias, Laurie and Larnier, Kévin and Roux, Hélène and Sauvage, Sabine and Sanchez-Pérez, José-Miguel Modelling river discharge at sub-daily time-step: comparison of the performances of the conceptual SWAT model and the process-oriented MARINE model. (2015) In: 2015 International SWAT Conference, 22 June 2015 - 26 June 2015 (Pula, Italy).

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Due to global change, the frequency of intense rainfall events and consequent flash floods are expected to increase in the next decades across the Mediterranean coastal basins. To date, few distributed models are able to simulate hydrological processes at basin-scale at a reasonable time scale to describe these flash events with accurate details. The MARINE model is one of them: it is a process-oriented fully distributed model operating dynamically at the rainfall event time-scale. Both infiltration and saturation excess are represented along with subsurface, overland and channel flows. It does not describe ground-water processes since the model's purpose is to simulate individual flood events during which ground-water processes are considered negligible. The SWAT model is a conceptual semi-distributed model assuming several simplifications in equations that dynamically simulates above- and below-ground processes. It has been recently upgraded to sub-daily time-step calculations. Considering the 1400 km² Têt Mediterranean river basin (southwestern France) as a case-study, the objective of this study was to assess and compare the performances of these two models when simulating the discharge at sub-daily time-step. We first calibrated the two models based on the same input dataset (topography, land-use, soil classes, and meteorological stations’ grid). We then compared the performances of the two models on a number of selected flood events. This ongoing work will contribute to assess the ability of the SWAT model to simulate discharge at sub-daily time-step.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information:Thanks to the Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia (CRS4), the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and Texas A&M AgriLife (Texas A&M University). This abstract appears in : SWAT 20015. Book of abstracts. The original PDF is available at : swat.tamu.edu/media/114704/swat-italy-2015-book-of-abstracts-2015-06-10.pdf
HAL Id:hal-01326104
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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