Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 445–452, 2013

Special issue: Hydrology education in a changing world

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 445–452, 2013

Research article 01 Feb 2013

Research article | 01 Feb 2013

An educational model for ensemble streamflow simulation and uncertainty analysis

A. AghaKouchak1, N. Nakhjiri1, and E. Habib2 A. AghaKouchak et al.
  • 1University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA
  • 2University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana, 70504, USA

Abstract. This paper presents the hands-on modeling toolbox, HBV-Ensemble, designed as a complement to theoretical hydrology lectures, to teach hydrological processes and their uncertainties. The HBV-Ensemble can be used for in-class lab practices and homework assignments, and assessment of students' understanding of hydrological processes. Using this modeling toolbox, students can gain more insights into how hydrological processes (e.g., precipitation, snowmelt and snow accumulation, soil moisture, evapotranspiration and runoff generation) are interconnected. The educational toolbox includes a MATLAB Graphical User Interface (GUI) and an ensemble simulation scheme that can be used for teaching uncertainty analysis, parameter estimation, ensemble simulation and model sensitivity. HBV-Ensemble was administered in a class for both in-class instruction and a final project, and students submitted their feedback about the toolbox. The results indicate that this educational software had a positive impact on students understanding and knowledge of uncertainty in hydrological modeling.