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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-4323-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-4323-2022
Research article
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24 Aug 2022
Research article |  | 24 Aug 2022

Benchmarking global hydrological and land surface models against GRACE in a medium-sized tropical basin

Silvana Bolaños Chavarría, Micha Werner, Juan Fernando Salazar, and Teresita Betancur Vargas
Publisher's note: Teresita Betancur Vargas was added as co-author to this paper on 19 October 2022. They originally contributed to the manuscript but were missing in the author list upon publication.

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Using total water storage (TWS) from GRACE satellites, we assess the reliability of global hydrological and land surface models over a medium-sized tropical basin with a well-developed gauging network. We find the models poorly represent TWS for the monthly series, but they improve in representing seasonality and long-term trends. We conclude that GRACE provides a valuable dataset to benchmark global simulations of TWS change, offering a useful tool to improve global models in tropical basins.