Articles | Volume 20, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4963–4981, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-4963-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4963–4981, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-4963-2016

Research article 16 Dec 2016

Research article | 16 Dec 2016

Estimating catchment-scale groundwater dynamics from recession analysis – enhanced constraining of hydrological models

Thomas Skaugen and Zelalem Mengistu

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (03 Jun 2016) by Jim Freer
AR by Thomas Skaugen on behalf of the Authors (28 Jun 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (01 Aug 2016) by Jim Freer
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (06 Sep 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (16 Oct 2016)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by Editor) (07 Nov 2016) by Jim Freer
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (28 Nov 2016)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (30 Nov 2016) by Jim Freer
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This paper introduces a new formulation of hydrological subsurface dynamics for hydrological models. The frequency distribution of the fluctuations of the catchment-scale subsurface storage is estimated from observed recessions and the mean annual runoff. The new formulation of the subsurface has been tested for 73 Norwegian catchments and is found to perform as well as the previous calibrated subsurface formulation. Recessions are better simulated using the new formulation.