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The role of land cover in affecting hydrologic and environmental changes in the humid region in southern China is not well studied. We found that high flows and low flows increased and evapotranspiration decreased due to urbanization in the Qinhuai River basin. Urbanization masked climate warming effects in a rice-paddy-dominated watershed in altering long-term hydrology. Flooding risks and heat island effects are expected to rise due to urbanization.
Articles | Volume 19, issue 7
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3319–3331, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3319-2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3319–3331, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-3319-2015

Research article 31 Jul 2015

Research article | 31 Jul 2015

Urbanization dramatically altered the water balances of a paddy field-dominated basin in southern China

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The role of land cover in affecting hydrologic and environmental changes in the humid region in southern China is not well studied. We found that high flows and low flows increased and evapotranspiration decreased due to urbanization in the Qinhuai River basin. Urbanization masked climate warming effects in a rice-paddy-dominated watershed in altering long-term hydrology. Flooding risks and heat island effects are expected to rise due to urbanization.
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