Articles | Volume 22, issue 12
Research article
29 Nov 2018
Research article |  | 29 Nov 2018

How does initial soil moisture influence the hydrological response? A case study from southern France

Magdalena Uber, Jean-Pierre Vandervaere, Isabella Zin, Isabelle Braud, Maik Heistermann, Cédric Legoût, Gilles Molinié, and Guillaume Nord


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (23 Jul 2018) by Roberto Greco
AR by Magdalena Uber on behalf of the Authors (04 Oct 2018)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (10 Oct 2018) by Roberto Greco
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (06 Nov 2018)
ED: Publish as is (09 Nov 2018) by Roberto Greco
AR by Magdalena Uber on behalf of the Authors (12 Nov 2018)
Short summary
We investigate how rivers in a flash-flood-prone region in southern France respond to rainfall depending on initial soil moisture. Therefore, high-resolution data of rainfall, river discharge and soil moisture were used. We find that during dry initial conditions, the rivers hardly respond even for heavy rain events, but for wet initial conditions, the response remains unpredictable: for some rain events almost all rainfall is transformed to discharge, whereas this is not the case for others.