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Spatial dimensions 1D
Spatial extent Landscape-Scale, Watershed-Scale
Model domain Hydrology
One-line model description A probabilistic sediment cascade model for sediment production, storage and transfer
Extended model description SedCas was developed for a debris-flow prone catchment in the Swiss Alps (Illgraben). It consists of two connected sediment reservoirs on the hillslope and in the channel, where sediment transfer is driven by (lumped) hydrological processes at the basin scale. Sediment is stochastically produced by shallow landslides and rock avalanches and delivered to the hillslope and channel reservoirs. From there, it is evacuated out of the basin in the form of debris flows and sediment-laden floods.
Name Jacob Hirschberg
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Institute / Organization Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

ETH Zurich

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Country Switzerland
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Start year development 2014
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When did you indicate the 'code development status'? 2021
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Program license type GPL v3
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OpenMI compliant No but possible
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DOI model 10.5281/zenodo.5974907
For model version V1.0.0
Year version submitted 2022
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Nr. of publications: 3
Total citations: 82
h-index: 2
m-quotient: 0.2

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Nr. of publications: 3
Total citations: 82
h-index: 2
m-quotient: 0.2

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Hirschberg, Jacob; Fatichi, Simone; Bennett, Georgina L.; McArdell, Brian W.; Peleg, Nadav; Lane, Stuart N.; Schlunegger, Fritz; Molnar, Peter; 2021. Climate Change Impacts on Sediment Yield and Debris‐Flow Activity in an Alpine Catchment. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 126, . 10.1029/2020JF005739
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Bennett, G. L.; Molnar, P.; McArdell, B. W.; Burlando, P.; 2014. A probabilistic sediment cascade model of sediment transfer in the Illgraben. Water Resources Research, 50, 1225–1244. 10.1002/2013WR013806
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2014 SedCas

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