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The capability of the spatially-distributed, physically based, rainfall-runoff modelling system, MIKE SHE, to simulate the hydrological behaviour of natural and drained parts of the North Kent Grazing Marshes, Uk, is investigated. The MIKE SHE code is applied to Bells Creek, a small underdrained agricultural catchment located within the marshes. The model is used to both provide insights into the essential parameters that control the hydrological processes in the catchment . The water table model predictions arising from these hypothetical scenarios are also compared against field data obtained from on going hydrological research on the neighbouring natural , Elmley marshes. The comparison is found to be favourable. The results of this study indicate the potential of the MIKE SHE system to simulate the hydrological regime of these wetlands, and hence to play an important role as a tool that can assist environmental and conservation agencies in the sound management of wetland resources.

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Authors: AL-KHUDHAIRY D H A, ISIS, JRC-Ispra (IT);THOMPSEN J R, University College London (GB);GAVIN H, University College London (GB);HAMM A S, University College London (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Hydrological Sciences Journal, 44 (1999)6, 943-971
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