Following the rise of R as a scientific programming language, the increasing requirement for more transferable research, and the growth of data availability in hydrology, R packages containing hydrological models are becoming more and more available to hydrologists. Corresponding to the core of the hydrological studies workflow, their value is increasingly meaningful regarding the reliability of methods and results. Despite package and model distinctiveness, no study has ever 5 provided a comparison of R packages for conceptual rainfall-runoff modelling from a user perspective, contrasting their philosophy, model characteristics and ease of use. We have selected eight packages based on our ability to consistently run their models on simple hydrology modelling examples. We have uniformly analysed the exact structure of seven of the hydrological models integrated in these R packages in terms of conceptual storages and fluxes, spatial discretisation, data requirements and output provided. The analysis showed that very different modelling choices are associated with these packages, which emphasises various hydrological concepts. These specificities are not always sufficiently well explained by the package documentation. Therefore a synthesis of the package functionalities was performed from a user perspective. This synthesis helps inform selection of what packages could/should be used depending on the problem at hand. In this regard, technical features, documentation, R implementations and computational times were investigated. Moreover, by providing a framework for package comparison, this study is a step forward towards supporting more transferable and reusable methods and results for hydrological modelling in R.
Hydrology modelling R packages: a unified analysis of models and practicalities from a user perspective / Astagneau, Paul C.; Thirel, Guillaume; Delaigue, Olivier; Guillaume, Joseph H. A.; Parajka, Juraj; Brauer, Claudia C.; Viglione, Alberto; Buytaert, Wouter; Beven, Keith J.. - In: HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES DISCUSSIONS. - ISSN 1812-2116. - (2020).
|Titolo:||Hydrology modelling R packages: a unified analysis of models and practicalities from a user perspective|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/hess-2020-498|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|