Articles | Volume 22, issue 7
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 4061–4082, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-4061-2018

Special issue: Integration of Earth observations and models for global water...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 4061–4082, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-4061-2018

Research article 27 Jul 2018

Research article | 27 Jul 2018

Understanding terrestrial water storage variations in northern latitudes across scales

Tina Trautmann et al.

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FLUXCOM (RS+METEO) Global Land Carbon Fluxes using CRUNCEP climate data M. Jung and FLUXCOM team https://www.bgc-jena.mpg.de/geodb/projects/Home.php

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Short summary
In this study, we adjust a simple hydrological model to several observational datasets, including satellite observations of the land's total water storage. We apply the model to northern latitudes and find that the dominating factor of changes in the total water storage depends on both the spatial and temporal scale of analysis. While snow dominates seasonal variations, liquid water determines year-to-year variations, yet with increasing contribution of snow when averaging over larger regions.