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Senstitivity of water balance components to environmental changes in a mountainous watershed: uncertainty assessment based on models comparison

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Morán-Tejeda, E.
Zabalza, J.
Rahman, K.
Gago-Silva, A.
López-Moreno, J. I.
Vicente-Serrano, S.
Tague, C. L.
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Published in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions. 2013, vol. 10, no. 10, p. 11983-12026
Abstract This paper evaluates the response of stream flow and other components of the water balance to changes in climate and land-use in a Pyrenean watershed. It further provides a measure of uncertainty in water resources forecasts by comparing the performance of two hydrological models: Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) and Regional Hydro-Ecological Simulation System (RHESSys). Regional Climate Model outputs for the 2021–2050 time-frame, and hypothetical (but plausible) land-use scenarios considering re-vegetation and wildfire processes were used as inputs to the models. Results indicate an overall decrease in river flows when the scenarios are considered, except for the post-fire vegetation scenario, in which stream flows are simulated to increase. However the magnitude of these projections varies between the two models used, as SWAT tends to produce larger hydrological changes under climate change scenarios, and RHESSys shows more sensitivity to changes in land-cover. The final prediction will therefore depend largely on the combination of the land-use and climate scenarios, and on the model utilized.
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MORÁN-TEJEDA, E. et al. Senstitivity of water balance components to environmental changes in a mountainous watershed: uncertainty assessment based on models comparison. In: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 2013, vol. 10, n° 10, p. 11983-12026. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:83348

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