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By Helge Bormann, Lutz Breuer, Simone Giertz, Johan A. Huisman, Neil R. Viney (auth.), Philippe C. Baveye, Magdeline Laba, Jaroslav Mysiak (eds.)

Mathematical modelling has turn into lately an important device for the prediction of environmental switch and for the advance of sustainable rules. but, a number of the uncertainties linked to modelling efforts look poorly understood via many, particularly via coverage makers. This publication makes an attempt for the 1st time to hide the complete variety of concerns regarding version uncertainties, from the subjectivity of developing a conceptual version of a given method, all of the solution to speaking the character of version uncertainties to non-scientists and accounting for version uncertainties in coverage judgements. Theoretical chapters, delivering heritage details on particular steps within the modelling procedure and within the adoption of versions by way of end-users, are complemented by way of illustrative case reports facing soils and international weather swap. the entire chapters are authored by way of famous specialists of their respective disciplines, and supply a well timed and uniquely finished assurance of an immense field.

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Even if those models contain a more realistic process description, the uncertainty in the model parameters and input data is very high. We therefore tend to apply conceptual (storage based) models in regions that are characterised by poor databases. However, spatial patterns can (and mostly will) be very important also in those regions. Giertz et al. (2006) therefore suggest the application of spatially distributed versions of conceptual models to combine the advantages of simplification of process Fig.

Bormann, H. , 2003, Possibilities and limitations of regional hydrological models applied within an environmental change study in Benin (West Africa), Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 28/33–36:1323–1332. Bormann, H. , 2004 A conceptual hydrological model for Benin (West Africa): Validation, uncertainty assessment and assessment of applicability for environmental change analyses, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 29/11–12:759–768. , 2005a, From local hydrological process analysis to regional hydrological model application in Bénin: Concept, results and perspectives, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 30/6–7:347–356.

SPATIALLY EXPLICIT VERSUS LUMPED MODELS IN CATCHMENT HYDROLOGY 13 Table 3. Quality measures of different models applied at different scales within the upper Ouémé basin, Bénin (calibration). Time steps: days on local scale, weeks on regional scale. 3% r2 = coefficient of determination; me = model efficiency; Bias: see equation (1). The UHP model cannot represent the spatial distribution of properties and processes due to its lumped character. However, lumped models, and conceptual models in general, can well represent the rainfall runoff process, as calibration is mostly very efficient.

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