Articles | Volume 21, issue 2
Opinion article
22 Feb 2017
Opinion article |  | 22 Feb 2017

HESS Opinions Catchments as meta-organisms – a new blueprint for hydrological modelling

Hubert H. G. Savenije and Markus Hrachowitz


Interactive discussion

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by Editor and Referees) (08 Dec 2016) by Marc Bierkens
AR by Hubert H.G. Savenije on behalf of the Authors (22 Dec 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (24 Dec 2016) by Marc Bierkens
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (02 Jan 2017)
RR by Remko Uijlenhoet (17 Jan 2017)
RR by Erwin Zehe (03 Feb 2017)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (06 Feb 2017) by Marc Bierkens
AR by Hubert H.G. Savenije on behalf of the Authors (08 Feb 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
The natural environment that we live in is the result of evolution. This does not only apply to ecosystems, but also to the physical environment through which the water flows. This has resulted in the formation of flow patterns that obey sometimes surprisingly simple mathematical laws. Hydrological models should represent the physics of these patterns and should account for the fact that the ecosystem adjusts itself continuously to changing circumstances. Physics-based models are alive!