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Water 2016, 8(6), 252; doi:10.3390/w8060252

Effects of Data and Model Simplification on the Results of a Wetland Water Resource Management Model

Institute of Landscape Hydrology, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e. V., Eberswalder Straße 84, D-15374 Müncheberg, Germany
Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Potsdam, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, D-14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany
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Academic Editor: Richard C. Smardon
Received: 28 April 2016 / Revised: 31 May 2016 / Accepted: 7 June 2016 / Published: 14 June 2016
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This paper presents the development of a wetland water balance model for use in a large river basin with many different wetlands. The basic model was primarily developed for a single wetland with a complex water management system involving large amounts of specialized input data and water management details. The aim was to simplify the model structure and to use only commonly available data as input for the model, with the least possible loss of accuracy. Results from different variants of the model and data adaptation were tested against results from a detailed model. This shows that using commonly available data and unifying and simplifying the input data is tolerable up to a certain level. The simplification of the model has greater effects on the evaluated water balance components than the data adaptation. Because this simplification was necessary for large-scale use, we suggest that, for reasons of comparability, simpler models should always be applied with uniform data bases for large regions, though these should only be moderately simplified. Further, we recommend using these simplified models only for large-scale comparisons and using more specific, detailed models for investigations on smaller scales. View Full-Text
Keywords: wetland; water balance; water balance model; evapotranspiration; groundwater level wetland; water balance; water balance model; evapotranspiration; groundwater level

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Dietrich, O.; Schweigert, S.; Steidl, J.; Lischeid, G. Effects of Data and Model Simplification on the Results of a Wetland Water Resource Management Model. Water 2016, 8, 252.

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