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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2017-436
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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2017-436
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Research article 07 Aug 2017

Research article | 07 Aug 2017

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This discussion paper is a preprint. It has been under review for the journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS). The manuscript was not accepted for further review after discussion.

Modelling Hydrological Ecosystem Services – A state of the art model comparison

Anna Lüke and Jochen Hack Anna Lüke and Jochen Hack
  • Section of Engineering Hydrology and Water Management, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, 64287, Germany

Abstract. Different simulation models are used in science and practice in order to incorporate hydrological ecosystem services in decision-making processes. This contribution compares three simulation models, the Soil and Water Assessment Tool, a traditional hydrological model, and two ecosystem services models, the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs model and the Resource Investment Optimization System model. The three models are compared on a theoretical and conceptual basis as well in a comparative case study application. The application of the models to a study area in Nicaragua reveals that a practical benefit to apply these models for different questions in decision-making generally exists. However, modelling of hydrological ecosystem services is associated with a high application effort and requires input data that may not always be available. The degree of detail in temporal and spatial variability in ecosystem service provision is higher when using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool compared to the two ecosystem service models. In contrast, the ecosystem service models have lower requirements on input data and process knowledge. A relationship between service provision and beneficiaries is readily produced and can be visualized as a model output. The latter is especially useful for a practical decision-making context.

Anna Lüke and Jochen Hack
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