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HESS | Articles | Volume 23, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 5059–5068, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-5059-2019
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 5059–5068, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-5059-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Technical note 16 Dec 2019

Technical note | 16 Dec 2019

Technical note: Uncertainty in multi-source partitioning using large tracer data sets

Alicia Correa et al.

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The applications and availability of large tracer data sets have vastly increased in recent years leading to research into the contributions of multiple sources to a mixture. We introduce a method based on Taylor series approximation to estimate the uncertainties of such sources' contributions. The method is illustrated with examples of hydrology (14 tracers) and a MATLAB code is provided for reproducibility. This method can be generalized to any number of tracers across a range of disciplines.
The applications and availability of large tracer data sets have vastly increased in recent...
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