Authors: Esmaeel Dodangeh; Kaka Shahedi; Debasmita Misra; Mohammad Taghi Sattari; Binh Thai Pham
Addresses: Department of Watershed Management, Sari Agriculture Science and Natural Resources University, P.O. Box 737, Sari, Iran ' Department of Watershed Management, Sari Agriculture Science and Natural Resources University, P.O. Box 737, Sari, Iran ' Department of Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Mines, University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 755800, Fairbanks, AK 99775, USA ' Department of Water Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran ' University of Transport Technology, No. 54 Trieu Khuc Street, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Abstract: This study compares the capability of simple data-driven and process-driven models to simulate daily discharge in a snow dominated semi-arid watershed in relation to its hydro-meteorological characteristics. M5 model tree was considered for daily discharge simulation of Taleghan watershed in north of Iran, and the results were compared with those of IHACRES and HSPF models. Results showed that with the same meteorological input data, the HSPF model performed best in predicting the daily runoff followed by the IHACRES model. M5 model overestimated the daily runoff in low flow season (May-December) as the water required to fill the watershed storage capacity was not considered by the model. Using the stream discharge of the prior day (Qt-1) as additional input to the M5 model resulted in much improved simulation of daily discharge (RMSE = 3.55, NSE = 0.94, KGE = 0.96).
Keywords: M5 model tree; HSPF model; IHACRES model; snow melt runoff.
International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology, 2022 Vol.14 No.3, pp.229 - 250
Received: 20 Jan 2020
Accepted: 16 Nov 2020
Published online: 26 Sep 2022 *