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Identification of Basins that Benefit from Distributed Modeling


National Weather Service, Office of Hydrologic Development

RO# Location
26.07.96.B7006 Silver Spring , MD 20910


Name E-mail Phone
Smith, Michael Bryan 301.427.9544


The NWS is continuing to implement distributed models for operational forecasting. Recent and ongoing efforts such as the Distributed Model Intercomparison Project have shown that distributed models do not always provide superior simulations and forecasts compared to lumped models. Given this counterintuitive finding and the effort involved to implement a distributed model, it would be beneficial to identify beforehand which basins would realize improvements compared to lumped models. It will also provide important information for model developers on model structural errors. Prior research in the NWS investigated diagnostic indicators based on observed spatial variability of precipitation and streamflow that would highlight basins amenable to distributed modeling. While this work pointed to trends in the diagnostic indicators, clear threshold values and specific guidelines were not derived. Research needs to continue in this area.


Hydrology; Spatial variability; Precipitation; Runoff; Distributed modeling;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$55,000.00 $2,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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