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High‐Resolution Modeling of Reservoir Release and Storage Dynamics at the Continental Scale

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Manmade reservoirs are important components of the terrestrial water balance. Thus, considering the hydro‐climatic effects of reservoirs is important in water cycle studies at a river basin to global scales; yet, reservoirs are represented poorly in large‐scale hydrological and climate models. Here we present a high‐resolution (5 km) continental‐scale reservoir storage dynamics and release scheme by enhancing existing schemes and adding critical novel parameterizations to improve reservoir storage and release simulations. The new scheme simulates river‐floodplain‐reservoir storages in an integrated manner considering their spatial and temporal variations. A new calibration scheme is also incorporated to better simulate reservoir dynamics considering cascade‐reservoir effects. Further, since no reservoir bathymetry data are available over large domains, we use a state‐of‐the‐art digital elevation model and reservoir extent data to derive reservoir bed elevation. The new scheme is integrated within the river‐floodplain routing scheme of a continental hydrological model LEAF‐Hydro‐Flood. Results from the simulation of ~1,900 reservoirs within the contiguous United States suggest that the model well captures the observed reservoir storage‐release dynamics. Comparison of our results with those from the existing schemes suggest a significant improvement; importantly, the new scheme reduces the excessive and frequent reservoir overfilling and underfilling. Comparison of results with satellite‐based surface water data shows that the model accurately reproduces the large‐scale patterns of reservoir‐floodplain inundation extents. It is expected that the results of this study will inform the incorporation of reservoirs in hyper‐resolution models to improve simulations of terrestrial water storage and flow and examine reservoir‐atmosphere interactions over large domains.

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This resource is referenced by Shin, S., Pokhrel, Y., & Miguez‐Macho, G. (2019). High‐Resolution Modeling of Reservoir Release and Storage Dynamics at the Continental Scale. Water Resources Research, 55(1), 787–810.


Funding Agencies

This resource was created using funding from the following sources:
Agency Name Award Title Award Number
National Science Foundation (NSF) 1752729
Michigan State University GR100096

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Shin, S., Y. Pokhrel (2020). High‐Resolution Modeling of Reservoir Release and Storage Dynamics at the Continental Scale, HydroShare,

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