Comparison of satellite-based and re-analysed precipitation as input to glacio-hydrological modelling for Beas River basin, northern India Conference Paper uri icon


  • Precipitation is the most critical input for hydrological models. In this paper we evaluate the usefulness and reliability of re-analysed and satellite-based precipitation datasets in driving a large-scale hydrological model for the Beas River basin, a mountainous region in northern India. The spatial and temporal distribution of gridded precipitation in India is compared with raingauge measurements by using three statistical tests. Then a large-scale glacio-hydrological model (GSM-WASMOD), which couples WASMOD-D and a glacier mass-balance module, is applied for the basin. The three precipitation datasets are used to drive the large-scale GSM-WASMOD for simulating the water balance of the Beas River basin for the period 1997-2001. The model results are compared and assessed based on Nash-Sutcliffe efficiency (NS) and relative volume error (VE). On average, the global gridded satellite-based dataset performs as well as the sparse raingauge data in this region, indicating that the satellite-based dataset can be used as a data source for water resources in basins with little or no ground-based measurements. 2013 IAHS Press.

published proceedings

  • IAHS-AISH Proceedings and Reports

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, L., Engelhardt, M., Xu, C. Y., Jain, S. K., & Singh, V. P.

complete list of authors

  • Li, L||Engelhardt, M||Xu, CY||Jain, SK||Singh, VP

publication date

  • January 2013