Articles | Volume 19, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4127–4147, 2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4127–4147, 2015

Research article 13 Oct 2015

Research article | 13 Oct 2015

Effects of hydrologic conditions on SWAT model performance and parameter sensitivity for a small, mixed land use catchment in New Zealand

W. Me et al.

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This study examined the applicability of the SWAT model to a moderately steep, temperate, small–sized catchment in Rotorua, New Zealand. It highlighted the importance of using high–frequency, event–based monitoring data for model calibration to alleviate the potential of underestimation of storm–driven fluxes. Parameter sensitivity was quantified for discharge, sediment and nutrient fluxes dependent on the relative dominance of base flow and quick flow.