This data release accompanies the USGS Techniques and Methods report titled: "The Basin Characterization Model - A Regional Water Balance Software Package", and includes all necessary Basin Characterization Model version 8 (BCMv8) inputs and outputs for water years 1896 to 2021. The BCMv8 was refined from the previous BCMv65 version to improve the accuracy of the water-balance components, particularly the recharge estimate. The new version includes seven new features: (1) monthly vegetation-specific actual evapotranspiration (AET) for 65 vegetation types, (2) spatially distributed calibration coefficients for snow accumulation and snowmelt, (3) mapped soil organic matter, (4) soil hydraulic properties calculated from soil texture and soil organic matter (model simulations run using water content at field capacity of –0.01 megapascal (MPa) and wilting point of –6 MPa), (5) soil dry-out below wilting point at a rate driven by average statewide aridity, (6) a switch allowing for the incorporation of urban impermeable surfaces, and (7) internally calculated gaining and losing streams. The model has been run at a monthly time scale to calculate the unimpaired water balance for every 18-acre (270 by 270-meter) grid cell for all of California, including all basins draining into the State for water years 1896–2021.
Child items in this data release:
-BCMv8 climate inputs and outputs for water year 2021
-BCMv8 climate inputs for water years 1896-2020
-BCMv8 model archive (water years 2018-2019)
-BCMv8 outputs for water years 1896-2020
-BCMv8 Data Release Metadata XML
-BCMv8 Version History text file
Version 2.0 - changes from previous version:
1) Added child item BCMv8 climate and outputs for water year 2021
2) Updated attached files containing climate and outputs for water year 2020 to correct error.
See attached BCM version history text file for more information.
|Title||The Basin Characterization Model - A monthly regional water balance software package (BCMv8) data release and model archive for hydrologic California (ver. 2.0, February 2023)|
|Authors||Lorraine E Flint, Alan L Flint, Michelle A Stern|
|Product Type||Data Release|
|Record Source||USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog|
|USGS Organization||California Water Science Center|
The basin characterization model—A regional water balance software package
The basin characterization model—A regional water balance software packageThis report documents the computer software package, Basin Characterization Model, version 8 (BCMv8)—a monthly, gridded, regional water-balance model—and provides detailed operational instructions and example applications. After several years of many applications and uses of a previous version, CA-BCM, published in 2014, the BCMv8 was refined to improve the accuracy of the water-balance components