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HESS | Articles | Volume 22, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1735–1748, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1735-2018
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1735–1748, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1735-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

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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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.
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