Articles | Volume 24, issue 5
Research article
11 May 2020
Research article |  | 11 May 2020

A line-integral-based method to partition climate and catchment effects on runoff

Mingguo Zheng

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Subject: Catchment hydrology | Techniques and Approaches: Mathematical applications
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Short summary
This paper developed a mathematically precise method to partition climate and catchment effects on streamflow. The method reveals that both the change magnitude and pathway (timing of change), not the magnitude alone, dictate the partition unless for a linear system. The method has wide relevance. For example, it suggests that the global warming effect of carbon emission is path dependent, and an optimal pathway would facilitate a higher global budget of carbon emission.