Articles | Volume 19, issue 10
Research article
20 Oct 2015
Research article |  | 20 Oct 2015

Multidecadal change in streamflow associated with anthropogenic disturbances in the tropical Andes

A. Molina, V. Vanacker, E. Brisson, D. Mora, and V. Balthazar


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (22 Sep 2015) by Sally Thompson
AR by Veerle Vanacker on behalf of the Authors (22 Sep 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (05 Oct 2015) by Sally Thompson
Short summary
Andean catchments play a key role in the provision of freshwater resources. The development of megacities in the inter-Andean valleys raises severe concerns about growing water scarcity. This study is one of the first long-term (1970s-now) analyses of the role of land cover and climate change on provision and regulation of streamflow in the tropical Andes. Forest conversion had the largest impact on streamflow, leading to a 10 % net decrease in streamflow over the last 40 years.