Semi-distributed flood runoff model at the subcontinental scale for southwestern Iran

Vahid Nourani, Akira Mano

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Rainfall-runoff modelling, as a surface hydrological process, on large-scale data-poor basins is currently a major topic of investigation that requires the model parameters be identified by using basin physical characteristics rather than calibration. This paper describes the application of the TOPMODEL framework accompanied by a kinematic wave model to the Karun River sub-basins in southwestern Iran with just one conceptual parameter for calibration. ISLSCP1, HYDRO1K and Reynolds data sets are presented in a geographical information system and used as data sources for meteorological information, hydrological features and soil characteristics of the study area respectively. The results show that although the model developed can adequately predict flood runoff in the catchment with only one calibrated parameter, it is suggested that the effect of surface reservoirs be considered in the proposed model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3173-3180
Number of pages8
JournalHydrological Processes
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov 1


  • GIS
  • Karun River
  • Large-scale modelling
  • Rainfall-runoff modelling
  • Semi-distributed hydrological model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology


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