Articles | Volume 14, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 557–571, 2010
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-14-557-2010

Special issue: Observing and modeling the catchment-scale water cycle

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 557–571, 2010
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-14-557-2010

  23 Mar 2010

23 Mar 2010

Frozen soil parameterization in a distributed biosphere hydrological model

L. Wang1, T. Koike1, K. Yang2, R. Jin3, and H. Li3 L. Wang et al.
  • 1Dept. of Civil Engineering, the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2Lab. of Tibetan Environment Changes and Land Surface Processes, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • 3Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou, China

Abstract. In this study, a frozen soil parameterization has been modified and incorporated into a distributed biosphere hydrological model (WEB-DHM). The WEB-DHM with the frozen scheme was then rigorously evaluated in a small cold area, the Binngou watershed, against the in-situ observations from the WATER (Watershed Allied Telemetry Experimental Research). First, by using the original WEB-DHM without the frozen scheme, the land surface parameters and two van Genuchten parameters were optimized using the observed surface radiation fluxes and the soil moistures at upper layers (5, 10 and 20 cm depths) at the DY station in July. Second, by using the WEB-DHM with the frozen scheme, two frozen soil parameters were calibrated using the observed soil temperature at 5 cm depth at the DY station from 21 November 2007 to 20 April 2008; while the other soil hydraulic parameters were optimized by the calibration of the discharges at the basin outlet in July and August that covers the annual largest flood peak in 2008. With these calibrated parameters, the WEB-DHM with the frozen scheme was then used for a yearlong validation from 21 November 2007 to 20 November 2008. Results showed that the WEB-DHM with the frozen scheme has given much better performance than the WEB-DHM without the frozen scheme, in the simulations of soil moisture profile at the cold regions catchment and the discharges at the basin outlet in the yearlong simulation.