Articles | Volume 22, issue 11
Research article
08 Nov 2018
Research article |  | 08 Nov 2018

Bias correction of simulated historical daily streamflow at ungauged locations by using independently estimated flow duration curves

William H. Farmer, Thomas M. Over, and Julie E. Kiang

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Short summary
This work observes that the result of streamflow simulation is often biased, especially with regards to extreme events, and proposes a novel technique to reduce this bias. By using parallel simulations of relative streamflow timing (sequencing) and the distribution of streamflow (magnitude), severe biases can be mitigated. Reducing this bias allows for improved utility of streamflow simulation for water resources management.