mizuRoute- Stand-alone River Network Routing Model

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mizuRoute (in Japanese “mizu” means water) is a river routing model framework that can host various river routing methods that transport runoff output from a hydrologic model along the river network. The important modeling features are:

  1. Conservative remapping of Hydrologic model runoff output to catchment defined by river network data.
  2. Flexible in terms of river network types (gridded or vector), and time step.
  3. Augmentation of river network topology soly based on donwstream reach information ensuing reach processing order.
  4. River reach routing is performed per reach in the reach processing order no mater which routing procedure is used.

The mizuRoute source code is maintained and distributed through the mizuRoute github repository . This site also maintains information on model installation and setup. 

Brief technical description is given by readthedoc

This tar archive contains small basin (Cameo) and large basin (Upper Colorado) test cases for mizuRoute:

  1. case 1 - runoff is give at river network HRU
  2. case 2 - runoff is given at hydrologic model HRU (non-grid)
  3. case 3 - runoff is given at hydrologic model HRU (grid)

File attachment: 

testCase_cameo.tar.gz (145MB)

The motivation for mizuRoute development, current routing schemes implemented, and some initial examples of the simulations are described in Geoscientific Model Development.

Mizukami, N., Clark, M. P., Sampson, K., Nijssen, B., Mao, Y., McMillan, H., Viger, R. J., Markstrom, S. L., Hay, L. E., Woods, R., Arnold, J. R., and Brekke, L. D.: mizuRoute version 1: a river network routing tool for a continental domain water resources applications, Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 2223-2238, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-2223-2016, 2016

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