Model identification for hydrological forecasting under uncertainty

Thorsten Wagener, Hoshin V. Gupta

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Methods for the identification of models for hydrological forecasting have to consider the specific nature of these models and the uncertainties present in the modeling process. Current approaches fail to fully incorporate these two aspects. In this paper we review the nature of hydrological models and the consequences of this nature for the task of model identification. We then continue to discuss the history ("The need for more POWER"), the current state ("Learning from other fields") and the future ("Towards a general framework") of model identification. The discussion closes with a list of desirable features for an identification framework under uncertainty and open research questions in need of answers before such a framework can be implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-387
Number of pages10
JournalStochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2005


  • Data assimilation
  • Flood forecasting
  • Hydrological models
  • Model identification
  • Model realism
  • Predictions in ungauged basins
  • Uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • General Environmental Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry


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