Rainfall-runoff modelling

Use of Earth Observation for rainfall-runoff modelling

In hydrological and water resources assessments the use of hydro-meteorological time series data from space-borne data sources is often advocated. Satellite data is available for various hydrological processes such as precipitation and evaporation, and from images system characteristics such as elevation, land cover and soils can be obtained. When modelling the relation between rainfall and runoff, many processes of the hydrological cycle as well as properties (i.e. characteristics) of our real world need to be represented in space and time domains. Spatial data serve as input to parameterise a model whereas rainfall and evaporation serve as meteorological forcing terms for modelling. 

Developments in satellite remote sensing in hydrology and runoff modelling aim to develop products for operational use.  Products, however, only can be used effectively when estimates are reliable and accurate. Over the past decade much awareness has risen that hydro-meteorological satellite products require correction since products have (inherent) errors.  

This section contains presentations related to how EO can contribute to accurately model the rainfall-runoff process in a basin. Causes of errors are explained as well as procedures to correct for those errors. A large number of reports are added with example cases on use of satellite products in water resource assessments and runoff modelling. 

Find below an overview of downloadable content all in pdf format which can be obtained after registration. 




Satellite-based rainfall estimation for runoff modelling

A comprehensive overview of the use and reliability of satellite products for rainfall-runoff modelling is described. 



Some meteo-hydrological satellite products

An overview is provided of satellite-based rainfall products and how they can be processed for modelling purposes. 



Satellite data for integrated water resource assessments and modelling

Presentation highlights the issue of water balance application and closure and to what extent satellite data can be used for integrated water resource assessments and modelling. 



Water consumption in the Karkheh River Basin, Iran. An approach using remote sensing and multi-variable model calibration

In the presentation details are given on how to test effectiveness of the use of Satellite data (ETa) in a mass conservative, catchment scale hydrological model. 



Satellite-based rainfall estimation for hydrological modelling 

This presentation discusses the hydrological cycle by integrating remote sensing and hydrological models. It presents the role of rainfall images for water resources and hydrology and demonstrates methods on how to assess accuracy and their effects on simulated water cycle processes and water resources. 



Bias correction of CMORPH satellite rainfall estimates in the Zambezi River Basin

Presentation gives insight in the methods for bias correction, the application of the methods in the Zambezi basin and conclusions and implications on water resources management. 



WREM MSc and PhD thesis reports 2010-2015

Links to 14 relevant MSc theses and 3 PhD dissertations are provided. 


After registration you will get access to all relevant materials.