Articles | Volume 20, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4469–4481, 2016

Special issue: Vegetation changes under a changing environment and the impacts...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4469–4481, 2016

Research article 07 Nov 2016

Research article | 07 Nov 2016

Downstream ecosystem responses to middle reach regulation of river discharge in the Heihe River Basin, China

Yan Zhao et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (13 Sep 2016) by Lixin Wang
AR by Yan Zhao on behalf of the Authors (16 Sep 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Sep 2016) by Lixin Wang
RR by Xin Li (12 Oct 2016)
RR by Dongmei Han (14 Oct 2016)
ED: Publish as is (23 Oct 2016) by Lixin Wang
Short summary
The paper finds that combined inflow from both current and previous years' discharge determines water availability in downstream regions. Temperature determines broad vegetation distribution while hydrological variables show significant effects only in near-river-channel regions. Agricultural development curtailed further vegetation recovery in the studied area. Enhancing current water allocation schemes and regulating regional agricultural activities are required for future restoration.