28 Feb 2023
 | 28 Feb 2023
Status: a revised version of this preprint is currently under review for the journal HESS.

Improvement of the KarstMod modeling platform for a better assessment of karst groundwater resources

Vianney Sivelle, Guillaume Cinkus, Naomi Mazzilli, David Labat, Bruno Arfib, Nicolas Massei, Yohann Cousquer, Dominique Bertin, and Hervé Jourde

Abstract. We propose an updated version of KarstMod, an adjustable platform dedicated to lumped parameter rainfall-discharge modeling of karst aquifers. KarstMod provides a modular, user-friendly modeling environment for educational, research and operational purposes. It also includes numerical tools for time series analysis, model evaluation and sensitivity analysis. The modularity of the platform facilitates common operations related to lumped parameter rainfall-discharge modeling, such as (i) set up and parameter estimation of a relevant model structure, and (ii) evaluation of internal consistency, parameter sensitivity and hydrograph characteristics. The updated version now includes (i) external routines to better consider the input data and their related uncertainties, i.e. evapotranspiration and solid precipitation, (ii) enlargement of multi-objective calibration possibilities, allowing more flexibility in terms of objective functions as well as observation type and (iii) additional tools for model performance evaluation including further performance criteria and tools for model errors representation.

Vianney Sivelle et al.

Status: final response (author comments only)

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on hess-2023-17', Anonymous Referee #1, 24 Apr 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Vianney Sivelle, 14 Jul 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on hess-2023-17', Anonymous Referee #2, 17 Jun 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Vianney Sivelle, 14 Jul 2023

Vianney Sivelle et al.

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KarstMod consists in a useful tool for the assessment of karst groundwater variability and sensitivity to anthropogenic pressures (e.g. groundwater abstraction). This tools is devoted to promote good practices in hydrological modeling for learning and occasional users. KarstMod requires no programming skills and offers a user friendly interface allowing any user to easily handle hydrological modeling.