Articles | Volume 24, issue 3
Research article
11 Mar 2020
Research article |  | 11 Mar 2020

Recession analysis revisited: impacts of climate on parameter estimation

Elizabeth R. Jachens, David E. Rupp, Clément Roques, and John S. Selker

Data sets

Data for Cases 1 & 3 (event magnitudes and inter-arrival times) E. R. Jachens

National Water Information System USGS

Short summary
Recession analysis uses the receding streamflow following precipitation events to estimate watershed-average properties. Two methods for recession analysis use recession events individually or all events collectively. Using synthetic case studies, this paper shows that analyzing recessions collectively produces flawed interpretations. Moving forward, recession analysis using individual recessions should be used to describe the average and variability of watershed behavior.