Articles | Volume 20, issue 9
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3831-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3831-2016
Research article
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14 Sep 2016
Research article |  | 14 Sep 2016

The influence of riparian evapotranspiration on stream hydrology and nitrogen retention in a subhumid Mediterranean catchment

Anna Lupon, Susana Bernal, Sílvia Poblador, Eugènia Martí, and Francesc Sabater

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The influence of riparian evapotranspiration (ET) on stream hydrology and chemistry is poorly understood. We investigated temporal changes in riparian ET, stream discharge and nutrient chemistry along a Mediterranean catchment. Despite being a small component of annual water budgets (4.5 %), our results highlight that riparian ET drives stream and groundwater hydrology in Mediterranean catchments and, further, question the potential of the riparian zone as a natural filter of nitrogen loads.