Articles | Volume 22, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 2921–2935, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-2921-2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 2921–2935, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-2921-2018

Research article 17 May 2018

Research article | 17 May 2018

Dendrohydrology and water resources management in south-central Chile: lessons from the Río Imperial streamflow reconstruction

Alfonso Fernández et al.

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Short-term river discharge records hamper assessment of the severity of modern droughts in south-central Chile, making effective water management difficult. To support decision-making, we present a ~300-year tree-ring reconstruction of summer discharge for this region. Results show that since 1980, droughts have become more frequent and are related to a shift in large-scale climate. We argue that water managers should use this long-term view to better allocate water rights.