Articles | Volume 24, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1721–1740, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1721-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1721–1740, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1721-2020

Research article 09 Apr 2020

Research article | 09 Apr 2020

Long-term changes in central European river discharge for 1869–2016: impact of changing snow covers, reservoir constructions and an intensified hydrological cycle

Erwin Rottler et al.

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In the attempt to identify and disentangle long-term impacts of changes in snow cover and precipitation along with reservoir constructions, we employ a set of analytical tools on hydro-climatic time series. We identify storage reservoirs as an important factor redistributing runoff from summer to winter. Furthermore, our results hint at more (intense) rainfall in recent decades. Detected increases in high discharge can be traced back to corresponding changes in precipitation.