Articles | Volume 20, issue 4
Research article
15 Apr 2016
Research article |  | 15 Apr 2016

Streamflow recession patterns can help unravel the role of climate and humans in landscape co-evolution

Patrick W. Bogaart, Ype van der Velde, Steve W. Lyon, and Stefan C. Dekker


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We analyse how stream discharge declines after rain storms. This "recession" behaviour contains information about the capacity of the catchment to hold or release water. Looking at many rivers in Sweden, we were able to link distinct recession regimes to land use and catchment characteristics. Trends in recession behaviour are found to correspond to intensifying agriculture and extensive reforestation. We conclude that both humans and nature reorganizes the soil in order to enhance efficiency.