Influence of model structure on base flow estimation using BILAN FRIER and HBV-light models

A. Machlica, O. Horvát, S. Horacek, J. Oosterwijk, A.F. van Loon, M. Fendeková, H.A.J. van Lanen

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Hydrological models are widely used tools to solve a broad range of hydrological issues. Each model has its own structure defining inter-relationships of hydrological balance components, and comparative differences in the models’ inner structure must be taken into account when discrepancies result from the same data. Results of base flow simulation by three different models BILAN, FRIER and HBV-light were compared based on knowledge of the models’ internal structure. It was proven that the courses of modelled parameters are quite similar, but that the respective values differ. The highest base flow values were simulated by the BILAN model, due to the threshold value of the soil moisture storage incorporated within this model’s structure. The lowest values were obtained by HBV-light model. Simulated base flow values were compared with groundwater heads and minimum monthly discharges. This comparison showed that the base flow values in the Nitra catchment at Nedožery profile simulated by BILAN and FRIER models are closer to the reality than those, simulated by HBV-light model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-251
JournalJournal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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