A decade of Predictions in Ungauged Basins (PUB): a review

M. Hrachowitz*, H. H. G. Savenije, G. Bloeschl, J. J. McDonnell, M. Sivapalan, J. W. Pomeroy, B. Arheimer, T. Blume, M. P. Clark, U. Ehret, F. Fenicia, J. E. Freer, A. Gelfan, H. V. Gupta, D. A. Hughes, R. W. Hut, A. Montanari, S. Pande, D. Tetzlaff, P. A. TrochS. Uhlenbrook, T. Wagener, H. C. Winsemius, R. A. Woods, E. Zehe, C. Cudennec

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The Prediction in Ungauged Basins (PUB) initiative of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), launched in 2003 and concluded by the PUB Symposium 2012 held in Delft (23-25 October 2012), set out to shift the scientific culture of hydrology towards improved scientific understanding of hydrological processes, as well as associated uncertainties and the development of models with increasing realism and predictive power. This paper reviews the work that has been done under the six science themes of the PUB Decade and outlines the challenges ahead for the hydrological sciences community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1198-1255
Number of pages58
JournalHydrological Sciences Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2013


  • prediction in ungauged basins
  • PUB
  • IAHS
  • catchment hydrology
  • hydrological modelling
  • uncertainty
  • thresholds
  • organizing principles
  • observation techniques
  • process heterogeneity
  • regionalization
  • rainfall-runoff models
  • flow-duration curves
  • Canadian Rocky-Mountains
  • soil-moisture patterns
  • mean residence time
  • hydrological process representation
  • potential evapotranspiration input
  • small hypothetical catchments
  • precipitation analysis TMPA
  • maximum-entropy production


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