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Volume 21, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 779–790, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-779-2017
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 779–790, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-779-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 08 Feb 2017

Research article | 08 Feb 2017

The residence time of water in the atmosphere revisited

Ruud J. van der Ent and Obbe A. Tuinenburg

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by Editor and Referees) (16 Nov 2016) by Hannah Cloke
AR by Ruud van der Ent on behalf of the Authors (25 Nov 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (28 Nov 2016) by Hannah Cloke
RR by Jiangfeng Wei (30 Nov 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #4 (13 Jan 2017)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by Editor) (13 Jan 2017) by Hannah Cloke
AR by Ruud van der Ent on behalf of the Authors (17 Jan 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (19 Jan 2017) by Hannah Cloke
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This research seeks out to answer a fundamental question about the functioning of the water cycle in the atmosphere: how much time does a water particle spend in the atmosphere? Based on state-of-the-art data, we derive a global average residence time of water in the atmosphere of 8–10 days. We further show in this paper how the residence time of water varies in time and space. This serves to illustrate why it is so difficult to make weather predictions on timescales longer than a week.
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