Articles | Volume 19, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3951–3968, 2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3951–3968, 2015

Research article 24 Sep 2015

Research article | 24 Sep 2015

Uncertainty in hydrological signatures

I. K. Westerberg and H. K. McMillan


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (30 Jul 2015) by Nunzio Romano
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ED: Publish as is (24 Aug 2015) by Nunzio Romano
Short summary
This study investigated the effect of uncertainties in data and calculation methods on hydrological signatures. We present a widely applicable method to evaluate signature uncertainty and show results for two example catchments. The uncertainties were often large (i.e. typical intervals of ±10–40% relative uncertainty) and highly variable between signatures. It is therefore important to consider uncertainty when signatures are used for hydrological and ecohydrological analyses and modelling.