Received: 07 Jul 2017 – Accepted for review: 20 Aug 2017 – Discussion started: 21 Aug 2017
Abstract. Understanding hydrological processes of high-altitude areas is vital because downstream communities depend on water resources for their livelihood. This paper compares the hydrological responses at the local scale of two models using different degrees of refinement to represent physical processes in sparsely instrumented mountainous Himalayan catchments. Two small catchments located in mid- and high- mountain environments were chosen to represent the very different climatic and physiographic characteristics of the Central Himalayas in the Everest region of eastern Nepal. This work presents the novelty of applying, at a small spatio-temporal scale and under the same forcing conditions, a fully distributed surface scheme based on mass and energy balance equations (ISBA surface scheme), and a semi-distributed calibrated model (J2000 hydrological model). A new conceptual module coupled to the ISBA surface scheme for flow routing is presented. The results show that both models describe the evapotranspiration, quick runoff and discharge processes in a similar way. The reliability of the simulations for these variables can therefore be considered as satisfactory. The differences in the structure and results of the two models mainly concern the water storage and flows in the soil, in particular for the high-mountain catchment. This conclusion suggests that the uncertainty associated with model structure is significant for water storage and flow in the soil.
This preprint has been retracted.
How to cite. Eeckman, J., Nepal, S., Chevallier, P., Camensuli, G., Delclaux, F., Boone, A., and De Rouw, A.: Assessing reliability of hydrological simulations through model intercomparison at the local scale in the Everest region, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss. [preprint], https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2017-401, 2017.
This paper compares the simulation of water cycle obtained using two different hydrological models
in two small mountainous Himalayan catchments. The reliability of the simulations for evapotranspiration, discharge can therefore be considered as satisfactory. The differences in the structure and results of the two models mainly concern the water storages and flows in the soil, in particular in high-mountain environment.
This paper compares the simulation of water cycle obtained using two different hydrological...