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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2022-421
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2022-421
 
02 Jan 2023
02 Jan 2023
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airGRteaching: an open-source tool for teaching hydrological modeling with R

Olivier Delaigue1,, Pierre Brigode1,2,, Guillaume Thirel1, and Laurent Coron3 Olivier Delaigue et al.
  • 1Université Paris-Saclay, INRAE, HYCAR, Antony, France
  • 2Université Côte d’Azur, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, CNRS, OCA, IRD, Géoazur, Géoazur, Sophia-Antipolis, France
  • 3EDF – PMC Hydrometeorological Center, Toulouse, France
  • These authors contributed equally to this work.

Abstract. Hydrological modelling is at the core of most studies related to water, especially for anticipating disasters, managing water resources, and planning adaptation strategies. Consequently, teaching hydrological modeling is an important, but difficult, matter. Teaching hydrological modeling requires appropriate software and teaching material (exercises, projects); however, although many hydrological modeling tools exist today, only few are adapted to teaching purposes. In this article, we present the airGRteaching package, which is an open-source R package relying on the GR rainfall-runoff models. In this package, thanks to a graphical user interface and a limited number of functions, numerous hydrological modelling exercises representing a wide range of hydrological applications are proposed. To ease its use by students and teachers, the package contains several vignettes describing complete projects that can be proposed to investigate various topics such as streamflow reconstruction, hydrological forecasting, and assessment of climate change impact.

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Teaching hydrological modeling is an important, but difficult, matter. It requires appropriate tools and teaching material. In this article, we present the airGRteaching package, which is an open-source software relying on widely-used hydrological models. This tool proposes an interface and numerous hydrological modelling exercises representing a wide range of hydrological applications. We show how this tool can be applied on simple but real-life cases.