Going local: Evaluating and regionalizing a global hydrological model’s simulation of river flows in a medium-sized East African basin

Rapid advances in global hydrological model (GHM) resolution, model features, and in situ and remotely sensed datasets are driving progress towards local relevance and application. Despite their increasing use, however, evaluation of local hydrological performance of GHMs is rare. In this paper, we examine the performance of a well-known GHM (LPJmL, recently modified to ∼9 km resolution) with and without modest steps to regionalise the model. We consider the Rufiji river basin, an economically important medium-size basin in eastern Africa.

Christian Siderius, Hester Bieman, Japhet J.Kashaigili, Declan Conwa. In: Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, Volume 19, October 2018, Pages 349-364.