Original Articles

Review of Eco-hydrological Models of Watershed Scale

  • 1. State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
    3. Department of Geography, University ofWisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA

Received date: 2011-01-01

  Revised date: 2011-04-01

  Online published: 2011-05-25


Eco-hydrological model of watershed scale is an essential tool to assess the impact of environmental change on watershed hydrological and ecological processes. This has made eco-hydrological model a hot research focus, and significant advances have been achieved during recent years. This paper provides a perspective on the current state of the research on eco-hydrological modeling. Firstly we elaborate the characteristics of the interaction between vegetation and hydrological processes and the requirements for watershed eco-hydrological modeling. Then the existing models are classified according to the detail levels of their description of the eco-hydrological interaction. Different types of eco-hydrological models and their respective advantage and disadvantage are summarized. Finally, the key problems and research issues (i.e,eco-hydrological interaction, parameters estimation and the problem of uncertainty) for eco-hydrological modeling are addressed.

Cite this article

CHEN Lajiao, ZHU Axing, QIN Chengzhi, LI Runkui, LIU Jing, LIU Junzhi . Review of Eco-hydrological Models of Watershed Scale[J]. PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY, 2011 , 30(5) : 535 -544 . DOI: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.05.003


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