Generalization of parameters in the storage–discharge relation for a low flow based on the hydrological analysis of sensitivity
- 1School of Science and Engineering, Meisei University, Tokyo, Japan
- 2Department of Civil Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
- 3School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kochi University of Technology, Kochi, Japan
Abstract. The storage-discharge relations have been widely used for water resource management and have led to reliable estimation of the impact of climate change on water resources. In a previous study, we carried out a sensitivity analysis of the parameters in a discharge-storage relation in the form of a power function and found that the optimum parameters can be characterized by an exponential function (Fujimura et al., 2014). The aim of this study is to extend the previous study to clarify the properties of the parameters in the storage–discharge relations by carrying out a sensitivity analysis of efficiency using a hydrological model. The study basins are four mountainous basins in Japan with different climates and geologies. The results confirm that the two parameters in the storage–discharge relations can be expressed in an inversely proportional relationship. In addition, we can conveniently assume a practical function for the storage–discharge relations where only one parameter is used on the basis of the new relationship between the two parameters.