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The theory that forms the basis of Topmodel was first outlined by Mike Kirkby some 45 years ago. This paper recalls some of the early developments; the rejection of the first journal paper; the early days of digital terrain analysis; model calibration and validation; the various criticisms of the simplifying assumptions; the relaxation of those assumptions in the dynamic forms of Topmodel; and considers what we might do now with the benefit of hindsight.
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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2020-409
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2020-409

  25 Aug 2020

25 Aug 2020

Review status: a revised version of this preprint was accepted for the journal HESS and is expected to appear here in due course.

A history of TOPMODEL

Keith J. Beven1, Rob Lamb2, Mike J. Kirkby3, and Jim E. Freer4 Keith J. Beven et al.
  • 1Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
  • 2JBA Trust, Broughton, UK and Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
  • 3School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • 4School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK and University of Saskatchewan, Coldwater Laboratory, Canmore, Canada

Abstract. The theory that forms the basis of Topmodel was first outlined by Mike Kirkby some 45 years ago. This paper recalls some of the early developments; the rejection of the first journal paper; the early days of digital terrain analysis; model calibration and validation; the various criticisms of the simplifying assumptions; and the relaxation of those assumptions in the dynamic forms of Topmodel. A final section addresses the question of what might be done now in seeking a simple, parametrically parsimonious model of hillslope and small catchment processes if we were starting again.

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The theory that forms the basis of Topmodel was first outlined by Mike Kirkby some 45 years ago. This paper recalls some of the early developments; the rejection of the first journal paper; the early days of digital terrain analysis; model calibration and validation; the various criticisms of the simplifying assumptions; the relaxation of those assumptions in the dynamic forms of Topmodel; and considers what we might do now with the benefit of hindsight.
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