Impact model: VIC-NVE

VIC is one of the 15 regional hydrology models following the ISIMIP2a protocol which form the base of simulations for the ISIMIP2a regional water sector outputs; for a full technical description of the ISIMIP2a Simulation Data from Water (regional) Sector, see this DOI link:

Water (regional)
Contact Person
  • Shaochun Huang (, The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) (Norway)

Information for the model VIC-NVE is provided for the simulation rounds shown in the tabs below. Click on the appropriate tab to get the information for the simulation round you are interested in.

Basic information
Model Version: 4.1.2e
Model output license: CC BY 4.0
Reference Paper: Main Reference: Huang S, Kumar R, Rakovec O, Aich V, Wang X, Samaniego L, Liersch S, Krysanova V et al. Multimodel assessment of flood characteristics in four large river basins at global warming of 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0 K above the pre-industrial level. Environmental Research Letters,13,124005,2018
Output Data
Experiments: II, III
Climate Drivers: IPSL-CM5A-LR, HadGEM2-ES, GFDL-ESM2M, MIROC5
Date: 2018-05-30
Spatial Aggregation: regular grid
Spatial Resolution: 0.5°x0.5°
Temporal Resolution Of Input Data: Climate Variables: daily
Input data sets used
Simulated Atmospheric Climate Data Sets Used: MIROC5 (rcp45), HadGEM2-ES (rcp45), IPSL-CM5A-LR (rcp45), GFDL-ESM2M (rcp45), IPSL-CM5A-LR, HadGEM2-ES, GFDL-ESM2M, MIROC5
Observed Atmospheric Climate Data Sets Used: EWEMBI
Climate Variables: tasmax, tasmin, sfcWind, pr
Was A Spin-Up Performed?: No
Soil Layers: 3
Runoff Routing: The within cell routing uses a Unit Hydrograph approach and the channel routing uses the linearized Saint-Venant equation
Was The Model Calibrated?: True
Which Years Were Used For Calibration?: Different number of subcatchments and calibration periods depending on the observed discharge data availability
Potential Evapotranspiration: Penmann-Monteith
Modelled catchments
Modelled catchments: Upper Mississippi and Rhine
Output Data
Experiments: historical (Mississippi, Niger, Rhine)
Climate Drivers: WATCH (WFD)
Date: 2015-10-23