Articles | Volume 20, issue 7
Research article
19 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 19 Jul 2016

Simultaneous calibration of hydrological models in geographical space

András Bárdossy, Yingchun Huang, and Thorsten Wagener

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This paper explores the simultaneous calibration method to transfer model parameters from gauged to ungauged catchments. It is hypothesized that the model parameters can be separated into two categories: one reflecting the dynamic behavior and the other representing the long-term water balance. The results of three numerical experiments indicate that a good parameter transfer to ungauged catchments can be achieved through simultaneous calibration of models for a number of catchments.