Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
Research article
08 Feb 2016
Research article |  | 08 Feb 2016

Nonstationarity of low flows and their timing in the eastern United States

S. Sadri, J. Kam, and J. Sheffield


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Short summary
Low flows are a critical part of the river flow regime but little is known about how they are changing in response to human influences and climate. We analyzed low flow records across the eastern US and identified sites that were minimally influenced by human activities. We found a general increasing trend in low flows across the northeast and decreasing trend across the southeast that are likely driven by changes in climate. The results have implications for how we manage our water resources.