Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 921–934, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-921-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 921–934, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-921-2016

Research article 01 Mar 2016

Research article | 01 Mar 2016

Comparing CFSR and conventional weather data for discharge and soil loss modelling with SWAT in small catchments in the Ethiopian Highlands

Vincent Roth and Tatenda Lemann

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The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) suggests using the CFSR global rainfall data for modelling discharge and soil erosion in data-scarce parts of the world. These data are freely available and ready to use for SWAT modelling. However, simulations with the CFSR data in the Ethiopian Highlands were unable to represent the specific regional climates and showed high discrepancies. This article compares SWAT simulations with conventional rainfall data and with CFSR rainfall data.