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Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

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ISSN: 1027-5606 (1607-7938)
Water Resources - Geosciences, Multidisciplinary - Water Science and Technology - Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous) - Rivers and lakes - Coasts and estuaries - Hydrometeorology - Ecohydrology - Water resources management - Biogeochemical processes
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Recent articles

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Integrating network topology metrics into studies of catchment-level effects on river characteristics

Eleanore L. Heasley, Nicholas J. Clifford, and James D. A. Millington
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2305-2319, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2305-2019, 2019
River network structure is an overlooked feature of catchments. We demonstrate that network structure impacts broad spatial patterns of river characteristics in catchments using regulatory data. River habitat quality increased with network density, but other characteristics responded differently between study catchments. Network density was quantified using a method that can easily be applied to any catchment. We suggest that river network structure should be included in catchment-level studies.
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Hydrogeological conceptual model of andesitic watersheds revealed by high-resolution heliborne geophysics

Benoit Vittecoq, Pierre-Alexandre Reninger, Frédéric Lacquement, Guillaume Martelet, and Sophie Violette
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2321-2338, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2321-2019, 2019
Water resource management on volcanic islands is challenging and faces several issues. Taking advantage of new heliborne geophysical technology, correlated with borehole and spring data, we develop a watershed-scale conceptual model and demonstrate that permeability increases with age for the studied formations. Moreover, complex geological structures lead to preferential flow circulations and to discrepancy between topographical and hydrogeological watersheds, influencing river flow rates.
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Uncertainty caused by resistances in evapotranspiration

Wen Li Zhao, Yu Jiu Xiong, Kyaw Tha Paw U, Pierre Gentine, Baoyu Chen, and Guo Yu Qiu
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-160,2019
Manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
Accurate evapotranspiration (ET) estimation requires an in-depth identification of uncertainty sources. Using high density eddy covariance observations, we evaluated the effects of resistances on ET estimation and discussed possible solutions. The results show that more complex resistance parameterizations leads to more uncertainty, although prior calibration can improve the ET estimates and that a new model without resistance parameterization introduces less uncertainty into the ET estimation.
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Historic hydrological droughts 1891–2015: systematic
characterisation for a diverse set of catchments across the UK

Lucy J. Barker, Jamie Hannaford, Simon Parry, Katie A. Smith, Maliko Tanguy, and Christel Prudhomme
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-202,2019
Manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
It is important to understand historic droughts in order to plan and prepare for possible future events. In this study we use the Standardised Streamflow Index 1891–2015 to systematically identify, characterise and rank hydrological drought events for 108 near-natural UK catchments. Results show when and where the most severe events occurred and describe events of the early 20th Century, providing catchment scale detail important for both science and planning applications of the future.
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Assessment of potential implications of agricultural irrigation policy
on surface water scarcity in Brazil

Sebastian Multsch, Maarten S. Krol, Markus Pahlow, André L. C. Assunção, Alberto G. O. P. Barretto, Quirijn de Jong van Lier, and Lutz Breuer
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-174,2019
Manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
Expanding irrigation in agriculture is one of Brazil’s potential strategies to increase production. In this study, the trade-off between levels of acceptable surface water scarcity and feasible expansion of irrigation has been analysed. It is shown, in a spatially differentiated manner, where action needs to be taken in order to reach sustainable agricultural production with respect to surface water utilisation for irrigation.
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Regionalization with hierarchical hydrologic similarity and ex situ data in the context of groundwater recharge estimation at ungauged watersheds

Ching-Fu Chang and Yoram Rubin
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2417-2438, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2417-2019, 2019
Estimates of hydrologic responses at ungauged watersheds can be conditioned on information transferred from other gauged watersheds. This paper presents an approach to consider the variable controls on information transfer among watersheds under different conditions while at the same time featuring uncertainty representation in both the model structure and the model parameters.
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The recent developments in cloud removal approaches of MODIS snow cover product

Xinghua Li, Yinghong Jing, Huanfeng Shen, and Liangpei Zhang
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2401-2416, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2401-2019, 2019
This paper is a review article on the cloud removal methods of MODIS snow cover products.
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Continuous in-situ monitoring of nitrate concentration in soils – a key for groundwater protection from nitrate pollution

Elad Yeshno, Shlomi Arnon, and Ofer Dahan
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-198,2019
Manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
Monitoring and controlling nutrient availability in agricultural soils is essential for optimizing plant growth and prevention of water resources pollution. On a global scale, most drinking-water well shutdowns are related to elevating nitrate concentration due to intensive agriculture. Thus, in-situ continuous measurement of nitrate in the soil is essential for maximizing the crop yield, optimizing the use of fertilizer, as well as reducing the potential for groundwater contamination.
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Intra-catchment variability of surface saturation – insights from longterm
observations and simulations

Barbara Glaser, Marta Antonelli, Luisa Hopp, and Julian Klaus
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-203,2019
Manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
The inundation of flood-prone areas can have crucial impacts on runoff generation and water quality. We investigate the variation of flooding in space and time along a small stream with long-term observations and numerical simulations. We demonstrate that the main reason for the flooding is the exfiltration of groundwater into local topographic depressions. However, only interplay with further influencing factors can explain the entire variability of the observed flooding patterns and dynamics.
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Controls of fluorescent tracer retention by soils and sediments

Marcus Bork, Jens Lange, Markus Graf-Rosenfellner, and Friederike Lang
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-229,2019
Manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
Fluorescent tracers such as uranine and sulforhodamine B are useful tools to gain knowledge about water and solute fluxes in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. In batch experiments, we investigated systematically the influence of pH, organic carbon and texture on tracer adsorption on soils and sediments and quantified their impact and possible interactions. Overall, the investigated controls determine if the respective tracer shows more conservative or more non-conservative transport behaviour.
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Can global precipitation datasets benefit the estimation of the area to be cropped in irrigated agriculture'

Alexander Kaune, Micha Werner, Patricia López López, Erasmo Rodríguez, Poolad Karimi, and Charlotte de Fraiture
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2351-2368, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2351-2019, 2019
The value of using longer periods of record of river discharge information from global precipitation datasets is assessed for irrigation area planning. Results show that for all river discharge simulations the benefit of choosing the irrigated area based on the 30 years of simulated data is higher compared to using only 5 years of observed discharge data. Hence, irrigated areas can be better planned using 30 years of river discharge information from global precipitation datasets.
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Contribution of low-frequency climatic–oceanic oscillations to streamflow variability in small, coastal rivers of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Colombia)

Juan Camilo Restrepo, Aldemar Higgins, Jaime Escobar, Silvio Ospino, and Natalia Hoyos
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2379-2400, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2379-2019, 2019
This study evaluated the influence of low-frequency oscillations that are linked to large-scale oceanographic–atmospheric processes, on streamflow variability in small mountain rivers of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, aiming to explore streamflow variability, estimate the net contribution to the energy of low-frequency oscillations to streamflow anomalies, and analyze the linkages between streamflow anomalies and large-scale, low-frequency oceanographic–atmospheric processes.
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Role-play simulations as an aid to achieve complex learning outcomes in hydrological science

Arvid Bring and Steve W. Lyon
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2369-2378, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2369-2019, 2019
Hydrology education strives to teach students both quantitative ability and complex professional skills. Our research shows that role-play simulations are useful to make students able to integrate various analytical skills in complicated settings while not interfering with traditional teaching that fosters their ability to solve mathematical problems. Despite this there are several potential challenging areas in using role-plays, and we therefore suggest ways around these potential roadblocks.
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Using Deep Learning to Fill Spatio-Temporal Data Gaps in
Hydrological Monitoring Networks

Huiying Ren, Erol Cromwell, Ben Kravitz, and Xingyuan Chen
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-196,2019
Manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
We used a deep learning method called Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) to fill gaps in data collected by hydrologic monitoring networks. LSTM accounted for correlations in space and time and nonlinear trends in data. Compared to a traditional regression based time series method, LSTM performed comparably when filling gaps in data with smooth patterns, while it better captured highly dynamic patterns in data . Capturing such dynamics is critical for understanding dynamic complex system behaviors.
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On the Configuration and Initialization of a Large Scale Hydrological Land Surface
Model to Represent Permafrost

Mohamed E. Elshamy, Daniel Princz, Gonzalo Sapriza-Azuri, Al Pietroniro, Howard S. Wheater, and Saman Razavi
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-206,2019
Manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
Permafrost is an important feature of cold regions hydrology, particularly in basins such as the Mackenzie River Basin (MRB), and needs to be properly represented in hydrological and land surface models (H-LSMs) built into existing Earth System models (ESM), especially under the unprecedented climate warming trends that have been observed. Higher rates of warming have been reported in high latitudes compared to the global average resulting in permafrost thaw with wide-ranging implications for hydrology and feedbacks to climate. The current generation of H-LSMs is being improved to simulate permafrost dynamics by allowing deep soil profiles and incorporating organic soils explicitly. Deeper soil profiles have larger hydraulic and thermal memories that require more effort to initialize. This study aims to devise a robust, yet computationally efficient, initialization and parameterization approach applicable to regions where data are scarce and simulations typically require large computational resources. The study further demonstrates an upscaling approach to inform large-scale ESM simulations based on the insights gained by modelling at small scales. We used permafrost observations from three sites along the Mackenzie River Valley spanning different permafrost classes to test the validity of the approach. Results show generally good performance in reproducing present-climate permafrost properties at the three sites. The results also emphasize the sensitivity of the simulations to the soil layering scheme used, the depth to bedrock and the organic soil properties.
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Expansion and contraction of the flowing stream network changes
hillslope flowpath lengths and the shape of the travel time

H. J. Ilja van Meerveld, James W. Kirchner, Marc J. P. Vis, Rick S. Assendelft, and Jan Seibert
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-218,2019
Manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
Flowing stream networks extend and retract seasonally and in response to precipitation. This affects the distances and thus the time that it takes a water molecule to reach the flowing stream and the stream outlet. When the network is fully extended the travel times are short but when the network retracts, the travel times become longer and more uniform. These dynamics should be included when modeling solute or pollutant transport.
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Technical Note: On the puzzling similarity of two water balance formulas – Turc–Mezentsev vs. Tixeront–Fu

Vazken Andréassian and Tewfik Sari
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2339-2350, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2339-2019, 2019
In this Technical Note, we present two water balance formulas: the Turc–Mezentsev and Tixeront–Fu formulas. These formulas have a puzzling numerical similarity, which we discuss in detail and try to interpret mathematically and hydrologically.
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Reconstituting past flood events: the contribution of citizen science

Bocar Sy, Corine Frischknecht, Hy Dao, David Consuegra, and Gregory Giuliani
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-188,2019
Manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
Information gathered on past flood events is essential for understanding and assessing flood hazard. In this study, we present how citizen science can help retrieving this information, in particular in areas with scarce or no instrumental measurements on past events. The case study is located in Yeumbeul North (YN), Senegal, where flood impacts represent a growing concern for the local community. This area lacks instrumental records on flood extent and water depth as well as information on the chain of causative factors. We developed a framework using two techniques to retrieve information on past flood events by involving two groups of citizens who were present during the floods. The first technique targeted the part of the citizens’ memory, which records information on events, recalled through narratives, whereas the second technique focused on scaling past flood event intensities using different parts of the witnesses’ body. These techniques were used for 3 events, which occurred in 2005, 2009 and 2012. They proved complementary by providing quantitative information on flood extents and water depths, and by revealing factors that may have contributed in aggravating floods for 3 events which occurred in 2005, 2009 and 2012.
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Are the effects of vegetation and soil changes as important as climate
change impacts on hydrological processes'

Kabir Rasouli, John W. Pomeroy, and Paul H. Whitfield
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-214,2019
Manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
The combined effects of changes in climate, vegetation, and soils on mountain hydrology have modelled in three mountain basins. In the Yukon Territory, an insignificant increasing effect of vegetation change on snow was found to be important enough to offset the climate change effect. In the Canadian Rockies, a combined effect of soil and climate change on runoff becomes significant while their individual effects are not significant. Only vegetation change decrease runoff in the basin in Idaho.
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Global scale human pressure evolution imprints on sustainability of
river systems

Serena Ceola, Francesco Laio, and Alberto Montanari
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-227,2019
Manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: open, 0 comments)
A simple and effective index for the quantitative estimation of the evolution of human pressure on rivers at global scale is proposed. This index shows a significant increase from 1992 to 2013 worldwide. The most notable changes are occurring in river basins across Africa and Asia, where human pressure on rivers is growing markedly. This index identifies priority areas that can be targeted for the development and implementation of mitigation strategies and plans.

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Journal Citation Reports (2017)

Impact factor: 4.256
Q1 (Water Resources (5/90))
Q1 (Geosciences, Multidisciplinary (13/189))

Scopus Journal Metrics (2017)

SJR: 2.023
SNIP: 1.412
Impact (Scopus CiteScore): 0.410
Quartile: Q1
CiteScore percentile: 96%
CiteScore rank: 8 out of 191
Cited by WUR staff: 657 times. (2014-2016)


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