Articles | Volume 20, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4391–4407, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-4391-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4391–4407, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-4391-2016

Research article 28 Oct 2016

Research article | 28 Oct 2016

A pre-calibration approach to select optimum inputs for hydrological models in data-scarce regions

Esraa Tarawneh et al.

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Subject: Catchment hydrology | Techniques and Approaches: Modelling approaches
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The study presents a rapid, robust and reproducible approach to select optimum inputs for hydrological models. We show significant variation in pre-calibrated model performance due to the choice of different combinations of land-use, soil and weather datasets, particularly in data-scarce regions most in need of computationally-efficient approaches to optimise reliability of models and support decision-making. Our case study is directly relevant to planners and decision-makers in Wala, Jordan.