Reply to comment by Fred L. Ogden et al. on “Beyond the SCS-CN method: A theoretical framework for spatially lumped rainfall-runoff response”


Journal Article (Letter)

© 2017. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. Though Ogden et al. list several shortcomings of the original SCS-CN method, fit for purpose is a key consideration in hydrological modelling, as shown by the adoption of SCS-CN method in many design standards. The theoretical framework of Bartlett et al. [2016a] reveals a family of semidistributed models, of which the SCS-CN method is just one member. Other members include event-based versions of the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model and TOPMODEL. This general model allows us to move beyond the limitations of the original SCS-CN method under different rainfall-runoff mechanisms and distributions for soil and rainfall variability. Future research should link this general model approach to different hydrogeographic settings, in line with the call for action proposed by Ogden et al.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bartlett, MS; Parolari, AJ; McDonnell, JJ; Porporato, A

Published Date

  • July 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 53 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 6351 - 6354

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1944-7973

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0043-1397

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/2017WR020456

Citation Source

  • Scopus