Articles | Volume 20, issue 3
Research article
29 Mar 2016
Research article |  | 29 Mar 2016

Modeling the distributed effects of forest thinning on the long-term water balance and streamflow extremes for a semi-arid basin in the southwestern US

Hernan A. Moreno, Hoshin V. Gupta, Dave D. White, and David A. Sampson


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (14 Feb 2016) by Dawen YANG
AR by HERNAN MORENO on behalf of the Authors (24 Feb 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (14 Mar 2016) by Dawen YANG
AR by HERNAN MORENO on behalf of the Authors (14 Mar 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
We use a distributed hydrologic model to document the potential impacts of a forest restoration project on the mean and extreme hydrologic conditions on a water-supply, semi-arid basin. Results show shifts in spatio-temporal patterns of interception, soil moisture, evapotranspiration, snow persistence and runoff production differently in contrasting aspect slopes. Forest thinning leads to net loss of surface water storage and to a less regulated runoff response during hydrologic extremes.