Application of Synthetic Meteorological Time Series in BROOK90: A Case Study for the Tharandt Forest in Saxony, Germany

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This study presents an extended version of a single site daily weather generator after Richardson. The model is driven by daily precipitation series derived by a first-order two-state Markov chain and considers the annual cycle of each meteorological variable. The evaluation of its performance was done by deploying its synthetic time series into the physical based hydrological model BROOK90. The weather generator was applied and tested for data from the Anchor Station at the Tharandt Forest, Germany. Additionally its results were compared to the output of another weather generator with spell-length approach for the precipitation series (LARS-WG). The comparison was distinguished into a meteoro-logical and a hydrological part in terms of extremes, monthly and annual sums and averages. Extreme events could be preserved adequately by both models. Nevertheless a general underestimation of rare events was observed. Natural correlations between vapour pressure and minimum temperature could be conserved as well as annual cycles of the hydro-logical and meteorological regime. But the simulated spectrums of extremes, especially, of precipitation and temperature, are more limited than the observed spectrums. While LARS-WG already finds application in practice, the results show that the data derived from the presented weather generator is as useful and reliable as those from the established model for the simulation of the water balance.

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K. Rico, G. Tino, F. Johannes and B. Christian, "Application of Synthetic Meteorological Time Series in BROOK90: A Case Study for the Tharandt Forest in Saxony, Germany," Open Journal of Modern Hydrology, Vol. 3 No. 4, 2013, pp. 214-225. doi: 10.4236/ojmh.2013.34026.

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