MODEL PREDICTIONS OF WATERSHED HYDROLOGIC COMPONENTS: COMPARISON AND VERIFICATIION


This was a paper on improvements to the SESOIL program that simulated the movement of water through the ecosystem.  I spent a summer as an intern trying to figure out why the program wasn't matching observed results.  We found a few small bugs but in the end it turned out our timestep was too small.  Evapotransporation (the one thing I retain because it was traumatic) measured over 24 hours with constant sun behaves VERY differently from the same total sun varying over the course of the day/night.  Always start with a small timestep and increase until things change!

Paper link (paywalled)

Bibtex:
@article{hetrick1986model,
  title={MODEL PREDICTIONS OF WATERSHED HYDROLOGIC COMPONENTS: COMPARISON AND VERIFICATIION 1},
  author={Hetrick, DM and Travis, CC and Shirley, PS and Etnier, EL},
  journal={JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association},
  volume={22},
  number={5},
  pages={803--810},
  year={1986},
  publisher={Wiley Online Library}
}