A distributed simple dynamical systems approach (dS2 v1.0) for computationally efficient hydrological modelling at high spatio-temporal resolution

Joost Buitink*, Lieke A. Melsen, James W. Kirchner, Adriaan J. Teuling

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Abstract

In this paper, we introduce a new numerically robust distributed rainfall-runoff model for computationally efficient simulation at high spatio-temporal resolution: the distributed simple dynamical systems (dS2) model. The model is based on the simple dynamical systems approach as proposed by Kirchner (2009), and the distributed implementation allows for spatial heterogeneity in the parameters and/or model forcing fields at high spatio-temporal resolution (for instance as derived fromprecipitation radar data). The concept is extended with snow and routing modules, where the latter transports water from each pixel to the catchment outlet. The sensitivity function, which links changes in storage to changes in discharge, is implemented by a new threeparameter equation that is able to represent the widely observed downward curvature in log-log space. The simplicity of the underlying concept allows the model to calculate discharge in a computationally efficient manner, even at high temporal and spatial resolution, while maintaining proven model performance. The model codeis written in Python in order to be easily readable and adjustable while maintaining computational efficiency. Since this model has short runtimes, it allows for extended sensitivity and uncertaintystudies with relatively low computational costs. A test application shows good and consistent modelperformance across scales ranging from 3 to over 1700 km2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6093-6110
Number of pages18
JournalGeoscientific Model Development
Volume13
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2020

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