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A mathematical hydrological model for the ungauged catchment

Bristol student theses: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Authors

  • S Howes

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Abstract

In geographical hydrology the~e has been more interest in scientific rather than in practical application of mathematical models of catchment hydrology. This thesis emphasizes the importance of examining the potential of developments in scientific research programmes for practical hydrological applications, and in particular provides discussion upon the following five issues: 1 The application of hydrological models to ungauged catchments where no historical streamflow record is available for calibration. 2 The potential of hydrological models for routine and operational application. This application limits the data and computer resources which are available for use. 3 The development and application of a thorough model evaluation strategy which examines the suitability of a model in the context of a specific application requirement. 4 The selection of a conceptually sound model structure. S The development and evaluation of a suitable methodology for the incorporation of the spatial variability of catchments into hydrological" models. To provide a basis for the discussion of these five issues, this thesis provides the details of the modification of a currently used hydrological model, RYMO. The modification of this model involves the replacement of the empirical curve number model for runoff derivation with a physically based parameter infiltration model. A number of comparisons of HYMO and the modified version, HYM02, indicates that conceptual, parameter estimation, prediction, and sensitivity improvements have indeed been secured by the development of the modified model.

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Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bristol
Supervisors/Advisors
    Award date1985

      Research areas

    • Hydrological model

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