Articles | Volume 20, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3691–3717, 2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3691–3717, 2016

Research article 08 Sep 2016

Research article | 08 Sep 2016

Reliability of lumped hydrological modeling in a semi-arid mountainous catchment facing water-use changes

Paul Hublart et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (10 Mar 2016) by Ralf Merz
AR by Paul Hublart on behalf of the Authors (28 Apr 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (10 May 2016) by Ralf Merz
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (09 Jun 2016)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (05 Jul 2016) by Ralf Merz
Short summary
Our paper explores the reliability of conceptual catchment models in the dry Andes. First, we show that explicitly accounting for irrigation water use improves streamflow predictions during dry years. Second, we show that sublimation losses can be easily incorporated into temperature-based melt models without increasing model complexity too much. Our work also highlights areas requiring additional research, including the need for a better conceptualization of runoff generation processes.