|Title (Primary)||Evaluation of water-energy balance frameworks to predict the sensitivity of streamflow to climate change|
|Author||Renner, M.; Seppelt, R.; Bernhofer, C.|
|Journal||Hydrology and Earth System Sciences|
Long term average change in streamflow is a major concern in hydrology and water resources management. Some simple analytical methods exist for the assessment of the sensitivity of streamflow to climatic variations. These are based on the Budyko hypothesis, which assumes that long term average streamflow can be predicted by climate conditions, namely by annual average precipitation and evaporative demand. Recently, Tomer and Schilling (2009) presented an ecohydrological concept to distinguish between effects of climate change and basin characteristics change on streamflow. We relate the concept to a coupled consideration of the water and energy balance. We show that the concept is equivalent to the assumption that the sum of the ratio of annual actual evapotranspiration to precipitation and the ratio of actual to potential evapotranspiration is constant, even when climate conditions are changing.
|Persistent UFZ Identifier||https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=12380|
|Renner, M., Seppelt, R., Bernhofer, C. (2012):
Evaluation of water-energy balance frameworks to predict the sensitivity of streamflow to climate change
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 16 (5), 1419 - 1433