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Volume 20, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3745–3763, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3745-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3745–3763, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3745-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 12 Sep 2016

Research article | 12 Sep 2016

Disentangling timing and amplitude errors in streamflow simulations

Simon Paul Seibert et al.
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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (13 Jun 2016) by Vazken Andréassian
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (16 Jun 2016) by Vazken Andréassian
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ED: Publish as is (16 Jul 2016) by Vazken Andréassian
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While the assessment of "vertical" (magnitude) errors of streamflow simulations is standard practice, "horizontal" (timing) errors are rarely considered. To assess their role, we propose a method to quantify both errors simultaneously which closely resembles visual hydrograph comparison. Our results reveal differences in time–magnitude error statistics for different flow conditions. The proposed method thus offers novel perspectives for model diagnostics and evaluation.
While the assessment of "vertical" (magnitude) errors of streamflow simulations is standard...
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