VIC Model User Guide

Running the VIC model may seem a formidable task, but approaching the task in steps will ease the process. In general, running VIC successfully involves preparation of different input files, downloading the source code, configuring output files, and entering a few commands. Once run, VIC output must be entered into a routing model in order to produce a hydrograph. A sample data set for the Stehekin Basin is available as an example in the Sample Data Sets section of the download page.

Modeling the Land Surface

  1. Delineating the Basin of Interest
  2. VIC Input Files
  3. VIC Modes of Operation
  4. Running VIC
  5. VIC Output Files
  6. Post-Processing

Creating a Hydrograph

  1. Routing Input Files
  2. Running the Routing Model
  3. Routing Output Files

Plotting Results