The Système Hydrologique Europeén (SHE) modelling system and physically-based distributed modelling (PBDM) were discussed in Refsgaard et al.'s Système Hydrologique Europeén (SHE): review and perspectives after 30 years development in distributed physically-based hydrological modelling (Hydrology Research41, pp. 355–377). The opportunity is taken here to correct some oversights and potentially misleading perspectives in that paper and mount a more robust defence of PBDM.

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