Articles | Volume 21, issue 8
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3953–3973, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-3953-2017

Special issue: HESS Opinions 2017

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3953–3973, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-3953-2017

Opinion article 01 Aug 2017

Opinion article | 01 Aug 2017

HESS Opinions: The complementary merits of competing modelling philosophies in hydrology

Markus Hrachowitz and Martyn P. Clark

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Physically based and conceptual models in hydrology are the two endpoints in the spectrum of modelling strategies, mostly differing in their degree of detail in resolving the model domain. Given the limitations both modelling strategies face, we believe that to achieve progress in hydrological modelling, a convergence of these methods is necessary. This would allow us to exploit the respective advantages of the bottom-up and top-down models while limiting their respective uncertainties.