Articles | Volume 20, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2295–2307, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-2295-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2295–2307, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-2295-2016

Research article 15 Jun 2016

Research article | 15 Jun 2016

Contrasting watershed-scale trends in runoff and sediment yield complicate rangeland water resources planning

Matthew D. Berg et al.

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Rangelands, from grasslands to woodlands, cover much of the earth. These areas face great pressure to meet growing water needs. Data on large-scale dynamics that drive water planning remain rare. Our watershed-scale results challenge simplistic hydrological assumptions. Streamflow was resilient to dramatic landscape changes. These changes did shape sediment yield, affecting water storage. Understanding these processes is vital to projections of rangeland water resources in a changing world.