Possible changes in streamflow in response to climate variation are crucial for anthropological and ecological systems. However, estimates of precipitation under future climate scenarios are notoriously uncertain. In this article, rainfall time series are generated by the generalized linear model (GLM) approach in which stochastic time series are generated using alternative climate model output variables and potential evaporation series estimated by a temperature method. These have been input to a conceptual rainfall–runoff model (pd4-2par) to simulate the daily streamflows for six UK catchments for a set of climate scenarios using seven global circulation models (GCMs) and regional circulation models (RCMs). The performance of the combined methodology in reproducing observed streamflows is generally good. Results of future climate scenarios show significant variability between different catchments, and very large variability between different climate models. It is concluded that the GLM methodology is promising, and can readily be extended to support distributed hydrological modelling.

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