Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 2127–2142, 2021
Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 2127–2142, 2021

Model description paper 23 Apr 2021

Model description paper | 23 Apr 2021

Fluxes from soil moisture measurements (FluSM v1.0): a data-driven water balance framework for permeable pavements

Axel Schaffitel et al.

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This paper presents FluSM, an algorithm to derive the water balance from soil moisture and metrological measurements. This data-driven water balance framework uses soil moisture as an input and therefore is applicable for cases with unclear processes and lacking parameters. In a case study, we apply FluSM to derive the water balance of 15 different permeable pavements under field conditions. These findings are of special interest for urban hydrology.