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Assimilation of Piezometric Data to Calibrate Parsimonious Daily Hydrological Models

INRAe Hydrometeorological Research Team, UMR RECOVER, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
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Water 2021, 13(17), 2342; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13172342
Received: 4 August 2021 / Revised: 19 August 2021 / Accepted: 20 August 2021 / Published: 26 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Hydrology)
Low water levels are a seasonal phenomenon, which can be long, short, and more or less intense, affecting entire watercourses. This phenomenon has become a concern for many countries who seek better understanding of the processes that affect it and learn how to optimally manage water resources (pumping, irrigation). Consequently, a lumped rainfall model at daily time step (GR) has been defined, calibrated, and regionalised over French territories. The input data come from SAFRAN, the distributed mesoscale atmospheric analysis system, which provides daily solid and liquid precipitation and temperature data throughout the French territory. This model could be improved, in particular to more accurately simulate the hydrological response of watersheds interacting with groundwater. The idea is to use piezometric data from the ADES bank, available in France, and to use it for the calibration phase of the hydrological model. The analysis was carried out across ten French catchments that are representative of various hydrometeorological behaviours and are located in a diverse hydrogeological context. Each catchment must be represented by a piezometer that closely represents the main aquifer that interacts with the basin. This piezometer is located on part of the watershed that is most covered in terms of its drainage network, and closest to its outlet. Different signal processing methods are used to characterise the relationship between the fluctuation of river flow, piezometric levels and rainfall time series. Potential processing methods will be carried out in the temporal domain. To quantify groundwater table inertia and that of the catchment area, correlograms were calculated from daily chronicles of flows and piezometric levels. A cross-correlatory analysis was set up to see, in more detail, the correlations between the flow rates (especially base flows) and piezometric level time series. This type of analysis makes it possible to study relationships between various observations, and tests were carried out to take this information into account during the phase of the calibration of hydrological model parameters. These different analyses will hopefully help us to use piezometric data to consolidate the quality and robustness of the modelling. View Full-Text
Keywords: low flows; hydrological modelling; piezometric data; underground component low flows; hydrological modelling; piezometric data; underground component
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Flinck, A.; Folton, N.; Arnaud, P. Assimilation of Piezometric Data to Calibrate Parsimonious Daily Hydrological Models. Water 2021, 13, 2342. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13172342

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Flinck A, Folton N, Arnaud P. Assimilation of Piezometric Data to Calibrate Parsimonious Daily Hydrological Models. Water. 2021; 13(17):2342. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13172342

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Flinck, Axel, Nathalie Folton, and Patrick Arnaud. 2021. "Assimilation of Piezometric Data to Calibrate Parsimonious Daily Hydrological Models" Water 13, no. 17: 2342. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13172342

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