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

Systematic shifts in Budyko relationships caused by groundwater storage changes

Laura E. Condon and Reed M. Maxwell

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We evaluate the impact of groundwater–surface water exchanges on the fraction of precipitation that leaves a watershed as either surface runoff or evapotranspiration. Results show that groundwater storage can systematically influence watershed behavior at the land surface. This is an important finding because most studies of tradeoffs between runoff and evapotranspiration assume that watersheds are in a steady-state condition where there are no net exchanges between the surface and subsurface.