Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 460–467, 2007
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-11-460-2007

Special issue: A view from the watershed revisited

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 460–467, 2007
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-11-460-2007

  17 Jan 2007

17 Jan 2007

Towards integrated environmental models of everywhere: uncertainty, data and modelling as a learning process

K. Beven K. Beven

Abstract. Developing integrated environmental models of everywhere such as are demanded by the requirements of, for example, implementing the Water Framework Directive in Europe, is constrained by the limitations of current understanding and data availability. The possibility of such models raises questions about system design requirements to allow modelling as a learning and data assimilation process in the representation of places, which might well be treated as active objects in such a system. Uncertainty in model predictions not only poses issues about the value of different types of data in characterising places and constraining predictive uncertainty but also about how best to present the pedigree of such uncertain predictions to users and decision-makers.