Model Calibration and Verification

  • Marcello Benedini
  • George Tsakiris
Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 70)


The model is always an interpretation of reality and is a valid tool only if it represents the reality correctly. The model calibration is, therefore, an essential step after its development. Calibration is performed by comparing the model output with the corresponding measured values. The verification is a further step for a more general evaluation of the model and requires a different set of measured data for testing the model performance. Combined steps of calibration and verification make up the model validation.


Root Mean Square Error Model Performance Model Calibration Mean Absolute Error Water Quality Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcello Benedini
    • 1
  • George Tsakiris
    • 2
  1. 1.Water Research InstituteArea Ricerca MontelibrettiRomeItaly
  2. 2.Laboratory of Reclamation Works and Water Resources ManagementNational Technical University of Athens School of Rural and Surveying EngineeringZografou, AthensGreece

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