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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-2877-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-2877-2016
Research article
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18 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 18 Jul 2016

Variations of global and continental water balance components as impacted by climate forcing uncertainty and human water use

Hannes Müller Schmied, Linda Adam, Stephanie Eisner, Gabriel Fink, Martina Flörke, Hyungjun Kim, Taikan Oki, Felix Theodor Portmann, Robert Reinecke, Claudia Riedel, Qi Song, Jing Zhang, and Petra Döll

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The assessment of water balance components of the global land surface by means of hydrological models is affected by large uncertainties, in particular related to meteorological forcing. We analyze the effect of five state-of-the-art forcings on water balance components at different spatial and temporal scales modeled with WaterGAP. Furthermore, the dominant effect (precipitation/human alteration) for long-term changes in river discharge is assessed.