Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 859–874, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-859-2016

Special issue: HYPER Droughts (HYdrological Precipitation – Evaporation...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 859–874, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-859-2016

Research article 23 Feb 2016

Research article | 23 Feb 2016

Importance of maximum snow accumulation for summer low flows in humid catchments

Michal Jenicek et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (27 Sep 2015) by Anne Van Loon
AR by Michal Jenicek on behalf of the Authors (06 Nov 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (16 Nov 2015) by Anne Van Loon
RR by Wouter Berghuijs (17 Nov 2015)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (22 Dec 2015) by Anne Van Loon
AR by Michal Jenicek on behalf of the Authors (30 Jan 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (09 Feb 2016) by Anne Van Loon
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We quantified how long snowmelt affects runoff, and we estimated the sensitivity of catchments to changes in snowpack. This is relevant as the increase of air temperature might cause decreased snow storage. We used time series from 14 catchments in Switzerland. On average, a decrease of maximum snow storage by 10 % caused a decrease of minimum discharge in July by 2 to 9 %. The results showed a higher sensitivity of summer low flow to snow in alpine catchments compared to pre-alpine catchments.