Articles | Volume 24, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 735–759, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-735-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 735–759, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-735-2020

Research article 18 Feb 2020

Research article | 18 Feb 2020

Characterizing uncertainty in the hydraulic parameters of oil sands mine reclamation covers and its influence on water balance predictions

M. Shahabul Alam et al.

Data sets

Climate and soil monitoring data for the treatment covers at the Aurora North Mine site Soil Classification Working Group https://syncrude.emline.ca

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Short summary
This study quantifies uncertainties in the prediction of long-term water balance for mine reclamation soil covers using random sampling of model parameter distributions. Parameter distributions were obtained from model optimization for field monitoring data. Variability in climate is a greater source of uncertainty than the model parameters in evaporation predictions, while climate variability and model parameters exert similar uncertainty on predictions of net percolation.