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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-1241-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-1241-2016
Research article
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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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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.