Articles | Volume 19, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2057–2078, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2057-2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2057–2078, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2057-2015

Research article 29 Apr 2015

Research article | 29 Apr 2015

Impacts of high inter-annual variability of rainfall on a century of extreme hydrologic regime of northwest Australia

A. Rouillard et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (14 Feb 2015) by Efrat Morin
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ED: Publish as is (09 Apr 2015) by Efrat Morin
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We reconstructed a 100-year monthly history of flooding and drought of a large wetland in arid northwest Australia, using hydroclimatic data calibrated against 25 years of satellite images. Severe and intense regional rainfall, as well as the sequence of events, determined surface water expression on the floodplain. While inter-annual variability was high, changes to the flood regime over the last 20 years suggest the wetland may become more persistent in response to the observed rainfall trend.