Articles | Volume 24, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1159–1170, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1159-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1159–1170, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1159-2020
Research article
11 Mar 2020
Research article | 11 Mar 2020

Recession analysis revisited: impacts of climate on parameter estimation

Elizabeth R. Jachens et al.

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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.