Articles | Volume 24, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1831–1858, 2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1831–1858, 2020

Research article 14 Apr 2020

Research article | 14 Apr 2020

Surface water and groundwater: unifying conceptualization and quantification of the two “water worlds”

Brian Berkowitz and Erwin Zehe

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