Articles | Volume 22, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1735–1748, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1735-2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1735–1748, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1735-2018

Research article 09 Mar 2018

Research article | 09 Mar 2018

Scaling properties reveal regulation of river flows in the Amazon through a “forest reservoir”

Juan Fernando Salazar et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by Editor and Referees) (08 Sep 2017) by Patricia Saco
AR by Juan Salazar on behalf of the Authors (27 Sep 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Oct 2017) by Patricia Saco
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (22 Nov 2017)
RR by Anonymous Referee #4 (31 Dec 2017)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (31 Dec 2017) by Patricia Saco
AR by Juan Salazar on behalf of the Authors (18 Jan 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (05 Feb 2018) by Patricia Saco
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Short summary
River flow regimes are being altered by global change. Understanding the mechanisms behind such alterations is crucial for hydrological prediction. We introduce a novel interpretation of river flow metrics (scaling) that allows any river basin to be classified as regulated or unregulated, and to identify transitions between these states. We propose the forest reservoir hypothesis to explain how forest loss can force the Amazonian river basins from regulated to unregulated states.