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Hydrological modelling of the Vistula and Odra river basins using SWAT


Piniewski,  Mikolaj
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

Szczesniak,  M.
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Kardel,  I.
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Berezowski,  T.
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Okruszko,  T.
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Srinivasan,  R.
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Vikhamar Schuler,  D.
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Kundzewicz,  Zbigniew W.
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Piniewski, M., Szczesniak, M., Kardel, I., Berezowski, T., Okruszko, T., Srinivasan, R., Vikhamar Schuler, D., Kundzewicz, Z. W. (2017): Hydrological modelling of the Vistula and Odra river basins using SWAT. - Hydrological Sciences Journal, 62, 8, 1266-1289.

Cite as: https://publications.pik-potsdam.de/pubman/item/item_21581
This paper presents a large-scale application of the SWAT model for water balance and natural streamflow simulation in the entire basins of the Vistula and the Odra, covering most of the territory of Poland. A tailored calibration approach was designed to achieve satisfactory goodness-of-fit across a range of catchment sizes. Model calibration and evaluation driven by high-resolution climate data showed overall good behaviour for 80 benchmark catchments divided into eight clusters, and spatial evaluation for 30 gauges showed that the designed regionalization scheme performed well (median KGE of 0.76). Basin-averaged estimates of blue and green water flow and green water storage estimated using the calibrated model were 185, 517 and 206 mm, respectively. This study provides a basis for future work, such as assessing climate change impacts on hydrology, assessing flow alterations, and water quality simulation. The model output is publicly available through an online research data archive (doi:10.4121/uuid:b8ab4f5f-f692-4c93-a910-2947aea28f42).