Articles | Volume 23, issue 3
Research article
26 Mar 2019
Research article |  | 26 Mar 2019

Using paired catchments to quantify the human influence on hydrological droughts

Anne F. Van Loon, Sally Rangecroft, Gemma Coxon, José Agustín Breña Naranjo, Floris Van Ogtrop, and Henny A. J. Van Lanen


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (28 Aug 2018) by Markus Hrachowitz
AR by Anne Van Loon on behalf of the Authors (01 Nov 2018)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Nov 2018) by Markus Hrachowitz
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (02 Dec 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (15 Jan 2019)
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (16 Jan 2019) by Markus Hrachowitz
AR by Anne Van Loon on behalf of the Authors (11 Mar 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (12 Mar 2019) by Markus Hrachowitz
Short summary
We explore the use of the classic paired-catchment approach to quantify human influence on hydrological droughts. In this approach two similar catchments are compared and differences are attributed to the human activity present in one. In two case studies in UK and Australia, we found that groundwater abstraction aggravated streamflow drought by > 200 % and water transfer alleviated droughts with 25–80 %. Understanding the human influence on droughts can support water management decisions.