Title Hydrological modelling of glacierized catchments focussing on the validation of simulated snow patterns; applications within the flood forecasting system of the Tyrolean River Inn
Author Schöber, J.; Achleitner, S.; Kirnbauer, R.; Schöberl, F.; Schönlaub, H.
Author Affil Schöber, J., alpS-Centre of Natural Hazard Management, Innsbruck, Austria. Other: University of Innsbruck, Austria; Technische Universität Wien, Austria; Tiroler Wasserkraft Aktiengesellschaft, Austria
Source Advances in Geosciences, Vol.27, p.99- 109, . Publisher: European Geosciences Union, Katlenburg-Lindau, International. ISSN: 1680- 7340
Publication Date 2010
Notes In English. Accessed in Apr., 2011; doi:10.5194/adgeo-27-99-2010. 37 refs. GeoRef Acc. No: 310407
Index Terms albedo; river basins; firn; flooding; flood forecasting; glacial geology; glaciers; meltwater; models; forecasting; runoff; snow; temperature; Europe--Inn Valley; Alps--South Austrian Alps; Alps--Stubai; Alps; atmosphere; Austria; Central Europe; drainage basins; Eastern Alps; Europe; floods; geologic hazards; glaciated terrains; Gurglerferner; Inn Valley; natural hazards; Otztal Alps; prediction; South Austrian Alps; Stubai Alps; Tyrol Austria
Abstract The catchment of the river Inn is located in the Swiss and Austrian Alps. In the frame of the flood forecasting system "HoPI" (Hochwasserprognose fur den Tiroler Inn), the Austrian part of the river Inn and its tributaries are covered within a hybrid numerical model. The runoff from the glacierized headwaters of the south-western Inn tributaries is calculated using the Snow- and Icemelt Model "SES" which utilizes a spatially-distributed energy balance approach; within SES, the accumulation and melting processes for snow, firn, and ice are considered. It is of great importance that such a type of model is used in the simulation of alpine areas since in these regions stream flow is influenced by the accumulation and melt of snow and ice and snow-free glaciers have also the potential to increase or even induce flood flow. For a prototype of the forecast system, SES was calibrated using the snow depletion of a glacier, but later, following the first results during the operational mode, the model was recalibrated and validated using remotely-sensed data covering all 13 glacierized catchments. Using the final snow- parameter setting, a simulation run of 15 hydrological years without any state corrections achieved overall agreements between observed and simulated snow cover ranging from 68% to 88% for all individual catchments. Runoff was calibrated and validated using the data from three different gauges. A parameter set, including both validated snow and runoff parameters, was applied for the modelling of a fourth gauged catchment and also achieved accurate results. This final unique parameterization was transferred to the remaining, ungauged watersheds.
URL http://www.adv-geosci.net/27/99/2010/adgeo-27-99-2010.pdf
Publication Type journal article
Record ID 65007190