Articles | Volume 24, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4441–4461, 2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4441–4461, 2020
Research article
15 Sep 2020
Research article | 15 Sep 2020

Assessing the degree of detail of temperature-based snow routines for runoff modelling in mountainous areas in central Europe

Marc Girons Lopez et al.

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Snow processes are crucial for runoff in mountainous areas, but their complexity makes water management difficult. Temperature models are widely used as they are simple and do not require much data, but not much thought is usually given to which model to use, which may lead to bad predictions. We studied the impact of many model alternatives and found that a more complex model does not necessarily perform better. Finding which processes are most important in each area is a much better strategy.