Articles | Volume 23, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 4333–4347, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-4333-2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 4333–4347, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-4333-2019

Research article 25 Oct 2019

Research article | 25 Oct 2019

Time variability and uncertainty in the fraction of young water in a small headwater catchment

Michael Paul Stockinger et al.

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