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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4845-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-4845-2015
Research article
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18 Dec 2015
Research article |  | 18 Dec 2015

Subsurface storage capacity influences climate–evapotranspiration interactions in three western United States catchments

E. S. Garcia and C. L. Tague

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In forests of the western United States, annual evapotranspiration (ET) varies with precipitation and temperature; geologically mediated drainage and storage properties may influence the relationship between climate and ET. A process-based model is used to evaluate how water storage capacity influences model estimates of ET-climate relationships for three snow-dominated basins. Results show that uncertainty in subsurface properties can strongly influence model estimates of watershed-scale ET.