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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 720967, 13 pages
Review Article

Predicting Surface Runoff from Catchment to Large Region

1State Key Laboratory of Hydraulics and Mountain River Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
2CSIRO Land Water Flagship, Clunies Ross Street, Acton, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
3Key Laboratory of Agricultural Water Resources, Center for Agricultural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shijiazhuang 050021, China

Received 5 January 2015; Accepted 7 June 2015

Academic Editor: Enrico Ferrero

Copyright © 2015 Hongxia Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Predicting surface runoff from catchment to large region is a fundamental and challenging task in hydrology. This paper presents a comprehensive review for various studies conducted for improving runoff predictions from catchment to large region in the last several decades. This review summarizes the well-established methods and discusses some promising approaches from the following four research fields: (1) modeling catchment, regional and global runoff using lumped conceptual rainfall-runoff models, distributed hydrological models, and land surface models, (2) parameterizing hydrological models in ungauged catchments, (3) improving hydrological model structure, and (4) using new remote sensing precipitation data.