Representation of water infrastructures in large-scale hydrological and Earth system models
Representation of water infrastructures in large-scale hydrological and Earth system models
Editor(s): Stefano Galelli, Sean Turner, Yadu Pokhrel, Jia Yi Ng, Andrea Castelletti, Marc Bierkens, Francesca Pianosi, Hester Biemans, Martina Flörke, and Wouter Buytaert
Macro-scale hydrological and earth system models are used increasingly to study the relationship between climate, water, energy, and land systems. In all these domains, the increased impact of anthropogenic interventions on wide-ranging hydrologic processes have prompted hydrologists to advance the representation of human–water interactions in macro-scale hydrological, land surface, and Earth system models. The simulation of water infrastructures (e.g., reservoirs, diversion dams) is receiving particular attention, owing to their growing presence and impact on both upstream and downstream hydrological, ecological, and socio-environmental processes.

This special issue calls for a broad spectrum of submissions on the representation of water infrastructures in hydrological and Earth system models, with particular emphasis on large-scale studies (from multi-basin to global scale). We welcome submissions focusing on — but not limited to — the following areas.

  • Numerical schemes for the representation of spatio-temporal reservoir storage patterns and release decisions across a large fleet of dams
  • Integrated models simulating the impact of reservoir systems on water temperature dynamics
  • Novel techniques for inferring storage patterns, filling strategies, and operating rules from different data sources (e.g., in situ measurements, satellite data), and their integration in numerical models
  • Innovative approaches to the conceptualization and calibration of hydrological and water management models (e.g., combination of process-based and machine learning models)
  • Representation of major water transfer schemes (e.g., withdrawal and transfer of water for for urban supply or irrigation)
  • Representation and conceptualization of human water use (withdrawal, consumptive use, return flows): source and sector apportionment and prioritization
  • Novel applications of hydrological–water management models, such as national-scale river forecasting, multi-sector studies (e.g., water–energy–food nexus), or social, environmental, and ecological impact assessments of water infrastructures
  • Comparative studies across basins or modelling approaches

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16 Apr 2024
A scalable and modular reservoir implementation for large scale integrated hydrologic simulations
Benjamin D. West, Reed M. Maxwell, and Laura E. Condon
EGUsphere,,, 2024
Preprint under review for HESS (discussion: final response, 5 comments)
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04 Mar 2024
Flood risk assessment for Indian sub-continental river basins
Urmin Vegad, Yadu Pokhrel, and Vimal Mishra
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 1107–1126,,, 2024
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01 Mar 2024
Synthesis of historical reservoir operations from 1980 to 2020 for the evaluation of reservoir representation in large-scale hydrologic models
Jennie C. Steyaert and Laura E. Condon
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 1071–1088,,, 2024
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27 Feb 2024
Representing farmer irrigated crop area adaptation in a large-scale hydrological model
Jim Yoon, Nathalie Voisin, Christian Klassert, Travis Thurber, and Wenwei Xu
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 899–916,,, 2024
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22 Feb 2024
Developing water supply reservoir operating rules for large-scale hydrological modelling
Saskia Salwey, Gemma Coxon, Francesca Pianosi, Rosanna Lane, Chris Hutton, Michael Bliss Singer, Hilary McMillan, and Jim Freer
EGUsphere,,, 2024
Revised manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: final response, 4 comments)
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08 Jan 2024
Modeling hydropower operations at the scale of a power grid: a demand-based approach
Laure Baratgin, Jan Polcher, Patrice Dumas, and Philippe Quirion
EGUsphere,,, 2024
Revised manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: final response, 4 comments)
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08 Jan 2024
Evolution of river regime in the Mekong River basin over eight decades and role of dams in recent hydrologic extremes
Huy Dang and Yadu Pokhrel
EGUsphere,,, 2024
Revised manuscript accepted for HESS (discussion: final response, 6 comments)
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13 Nov 2023
Inferring reservoir filling strategies under limited-data-availability conditions using hydrological modeling and Earth observations: the case of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)
Awad M. Ali, Lieke A. Melsen, and Adriaan J. Teuling
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 4057–4086,,, 2023
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06 Oct 2023
Calibrating macroscale hydrological models in poorly gauged and heavily regulated basins
Dung Trung Vu, Thanh Duc Dang, Francesca Pianosi, and Stefano Galelli
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 3485–3504,,, 2023
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12 Sep 2023
Use of satellite remote sensing to validate reservoir operations in global hydrological models: a case study from the CONUS
Kedar Otta, Hannes Müller Schmied, Simon N. Gosling, and Naota Hanasaki
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss.,,, 2023
Preprint under review for HESS (discussion: final response, 4 comments)
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19 Apr 2023
Impact of urban geology on model simulations of shallow groundwater levels and flow paths
Ane LaBianca, Mette H. Mortensen, Peter Sandersen, Torben O. Sonnenborg, Karsten H. Jensen, and Jacob Kidmose
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 1645–1666,,, 2023
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16 Dec 2022
Ensemble streamflow prediction considering the influence of reservoirs in Narmada River Basin, India
Urmin Vegad and Vimal Mishra
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 6361–6378,,, 2022
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26 May 2023
An optimized long short-term memory (LSTM)-based approach applied to early warning and forecasting of ponding in the urban drainage system
Wen Zhu, Tao Tao, Hexiang Yan, Jieru Yan, Jiaying Wang, Shuping Li, and Kunlun Xin
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 2035–2050,,, 2023
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