Articles | Volume 22, issue 1
Research article
01 Feb 2018
Research article |  | 01 Feb 2018

Aerial and surface rivers: downwind impacts on water availability from land use changes in Amazonia

Wei Weng, Matthias K. B. Luedeke, Delphine C. Zemp, Tobia Lakes, and Juergen P. Kropp

Data sets

Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment - Ecology Datasets List ORNL DACC

Land-use change effects on local energy, water, and carbon balances in an Amazonian agricultural field R. K. Sakai, D. R. Fitzjarrald, O. L. L. Moraes, R. M. Staebler, O. C. Acevedo, M. J. Czikowsky, R. Da Silva, E. Brait, and V. Miranda

Model code and software

ruudvdent/WAM2layersPython GitHub Inc.

Short summary
We provide a detailed spatial analysis of hydrological impacts of land use change in Amazonia, focusing on the aspect of aerial rivers. Our approach of observation-based atmospheric moisture tracking allows us to recognize potential teleconnection between source and sink regions of atmospheric moisture. Relying on a quantitative assessment, we identified regions where water availability is most sensitive to land use change and regions where land use change is critical for a given sink region.