Articles | Volume 24, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1975–1984, 2020

Special issue: HESS Opinions 2020

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1975–1984, 2020

Opinion article 17 Apr 2020

Opinion article | 17 Apr 2020

HESS Opinions: Beyond the long-term water balance: evolving Budyko's supply–demand framework for the Anthropocene towards a global synthesis of land-surface fluxes under natural and human-altered watersheds

A. Sankarasubramanian et al.

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The Budyko framework which relies on the supply and demand concept could be effectively adapted and extended to quantify the role of drivers – both changing climate and local human disturbances – in altering the land-surface response. This framework is extended with a few illustrative examples for quantifying the variability in land-surface fluxes for natural and human-altered watersheds. Potential for using observed and remotely sensed datasets in capturing this variability is also discussed.