Articles | Volume 22, issue 10
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04 Oct 2018
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 04 Oct 2018

Why has catchment evaporation increased in the past 40 years? A data-based study in Austria

Doris Duethmann and Günter Blöschl


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (11 Jun 2018) by Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen
AR by Doris Duethmann on behalf of the Authors (11 Jul 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 Jul 2018) by Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen
RR by Adriaan J. (Ryan) Teuling (30 Jul 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (06 Aug 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (10 Aug 2018)
ED: Publish as is (11 Aug 2018) by Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen
Short summary
We analyze changes in catchment evaporation estimated from the water balances of 156 catchments in Austria over 1977–2014, as well as the possible causes of these changes. Our results show that catchment evaporation increased on average by 29 ± 14 mm yr−1 decade−1. We attribute this increase to changes in atmospheric demand (based on reference and pan evaporation), changes in vegetation (quantified by a satellite-based vegetation index), and changes in precipitation.