Articles | Volume 21, issue 12
Research article
30 Nov 2017
Research article |  | 30 Nov 2017

On the value of water quality data and informative flow states in karst modelling

Andreas Hartmann, Juan Antonio Barberá, and Bartolomé Andreo

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In karst modeling, there is often an imbalance between the complexity of model structures and the data availability for parameterization. We present a new approach to quantify the value of water quality data for improved karst model parameterization. We show that focusing on “informative” time periods, which are time periods with decreased observation uncertainty, allows for further reduction of simulation uncertainty. Our approach is transferable to other sites with limited data availability.