J6.1 Evaluating the RAPID Streamflow Simulations Using JULES and Noah Land Surface Models with Cross-Spectral Analysis: Case Study of the Thames Basin, United Kingdom

Wednesday, 25 January 2017: 4:00 PM
Conference Center: Chelan 2 (Washington State Convention Center )
Ahmad Tavakoly, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, MS; and A. Snow, G. Weedon, R. Gilham, M. Best, J. M. Roningen, J. B. Eylander, and R. Harmon

An advent of advanced computational resources has enabled streamflow modeling at a high spatio-temporal resolution. Considering the differences in how individual models represent these physical processes, use of a single model output may have significantly varied source of uncertainty and equifinality. Hence, comparison of multiple hydrologic models at a finer spatial resolution over a large domain is yet to be explored. This study compares the large scale river routing model (Routing Application for Parallel computatIonal Discharge, RAPID) streamflow results using surface and subsurface runoff data from two land surface models (LSMs): Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) and Noah 3.3 LSMs at 1 km x 1 km resolution. These LSMs have been extensively implemented in the United Kingdom and the United States respectively. The modeling framework is setup for the Thames River Basin and the RAPID model is run from Jan 2001 to December 2011. The LSMs are run with atmospheric forcing data obtained from a) WATCH Forcing Data methodology applied to the ERA-Interim reanalysis (WFDEI) and b) Princeton Global Forcing derived from the NCAR-NCEP reanalysis (PGF). Two configurations of JULES are used, a global configuration (gl6) and a regional configuration (ukv) which is more appropriate for the km scale. Cross-spectral analysis is used to assess mis-matches of the modeled discharge against daily observations in terms of both variability and phase, across daily to decadal time scales.
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