Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 625–632, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-625-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 625–632, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-625-2016

Technical note 04 Feb 2016

Technical note | 04 Feb 2016

Technical Note: Testing an improved index for analysing storm discharge–concentration hysteresis

C. E. M. Lloyd et al.

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This paper examines the current methodologies for quantifying storm behaviour through hysteresis analysis, and explores a new method. Each method is systematically tested and the impact on the results is examined. Recommendations are made regarding the most effective method of calculating a hysteresis index. This new method allows storm hysteresis behaviour to be directly compared between storms, parameters, and catchments, meaning it has wide application potential in water quality research.