Articles | Volume 23, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 3945–3967, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-3945-2019

Special issue: Understanding and predicting Earth system and hydrological...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 3945–3967, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-3945-2019

Research article 25 Sep 2019

Research article | 25 Sep 2019

A watershed classification approach that looks beyond hydrology: application to a semi-arid, agricultural region in Canada

Jared D. Wolfe et al.

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