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17 Dec 2020
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Downsizing parameter ensembles for simulations of rare floods

Anna E. Sikorska-Senoner, Bettina Schaefli, and Jan Seibert

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This work proposes methods for reducing the computational requirements of hydrological simulations for the estimation of very rare floods that occur on average less than once in 1000 years. These methods enable the analysis of long streamflow time series (here for example 10 000 years) at low computational costs and with modelling uncertainty. They are to be used within continuous simulation frameworks with long input time series and are readily transferable to similar simulation tasks.
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