Seasonal Water Yield model: doubt about shape file

hi there,

I wonder how could I translate the average annual base flow provided in the shape file in mm into m3/s for example. Thanks in advance


  • swolnyswolny Member, NatCap Staff
    Hi Raquel -

    The short answer: you can't.

    The baseflow output by SWY should be interpreted as an index, not absolute values. So it's telling you which places on the landscape are more or less likely to contribute to baseflow in the dry season, it is not telling you exactly how much flow is being produced.

    Also, baseflow is given as a single yearly value, it is not given on a fine enough scale to be used for instantaneous values like m3/s. A more complex model would be required to provide that kind of temporal resolution.

    ~ Stacie
  • Thank you Stacie!
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