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TitleInter-comparison of high-resolution gridded climate data sets and their implication on hydrological model simulation over the Athabasca Watershed, Canada
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsEum, H. - I., & Dibike Y.
Corporate AuthorsCarey, S., & Quinton B.
Secondary TitleHydrological Processes
Pagination21 pages
Date Published07/2014
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAthabasca River Basin, gridded climate data, hydrologic modelling, inter-comparison

Several different gridded climate data sets have recently been made available with the purpose of providing a consistent set of climatic data for many hydro-climatic studies. Recent advances in land-surface schemes and their implementation in fully distributed processes-based hydrologic models have demanded even higher-resolution gridded data. It remains, however, a challenge to identify the most reliable gridded climate data for hydrologic modelling, especially in mountainous headwater regions where there is significant spatial variability but few observing stations. Moreover, the accuracy of such climate forcing data applied to alpine headwaters directly affects the modelled hydrologic responses of the lower, downstream portions of river basins. This study evaluates the spatial and temporal differences in precipitation and temperature fields among three high-resolution climate data sets available in Canada, namely, the North American Regional Reanalysis, the Canadian Precipitation Analysis and the thin-plate smoothing splines (ANUSPLIN). Inter-comparison of the quality of these data sets was undertaken for the Athabasca River basin in western Canada. The hydrologic responses of this watershed with respect to each of the three gridded climate data sets were also evaluated using the Variable Infiltration Capacity model. Results indicate that the data sets have systematic differences, which vary with regional characteristics – the largest differences being for mountainous regions. The hydrologic model simulations corresponding to those three forcing data sets also show significant differences and more with North American Regional Reanalysis than those between Canadian Precipitation Analysis and ANUSPLIN. © 2014 Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada. Hydrological Processes © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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