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Hydrologic and Water Quality Models: Use, Calibration, and Validation  Public Access

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Transactions of the ASABE. 55(4): 1241-1247. (doi: 10.13031/2013.42265) @2012
Authors:   D. N. Moriasi, B. N. Wilson, K. R. Douglas-Mankin, J. G. Arnold, P. H. Gowda
Keywords:   ASABE, Calibration, Guidelines, Hydrologic models, Hydrology, Validation, Water quality, Watershed

To provide a common background and platform for consensual development of calibration and validation guidelines, model developers and/or expert users of the commonly used hydrologic and water quality models globally were invited to write technical articles recommending calibration and validation procedures specific to their model. This article introduces a special collection of 22 research articles that present and discuss calibration and validation concepts in detail for 25 hydrologic and water quality models. The main objective of this introductory article is to introduce and summarize key aspects of the hydrologic and water quality models presented in this collection. The models range from field to watershed scales for simulating hydrology, sediment, nutrients, bacteria, and pesticides at temporal scales varying from hourly to annually. Individually, the articles provide model practitioners with detailed, model-specific guidance on model calibration, validation, and use. Collectively, the articles in this collection present a consistent framework of information that will facilitate development of a proposed set of ASABE model calibration and validation guidelines.

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