Articles | Volume 24, issue 7
Research article
10 Jul 2020
Research article |  | 10 Jul 2020

Importance of snowmelt contribution to seasonal runoff and summer low flows in Czechia

Michal Jenicek and Ondrej Ledvinka


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (20 Mar 2020) by Kerstin Stahl
AR by Michal Jenicek on behalf of the Authors (17 Apr 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (27 Apr 2020) by Kerstin Stahl
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (29 Apr 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (25 May 2020)
ED: Publish as is (10 Jun 2020) by Kerstin Stahl
Short summary
Changes in snow affect the runoff seasonality, including summer low flows. Here we analyse this effect in 59 mountain catchments in Czechia. We show that snow is more effective in generating runoff compared to rain. Snow-poor years generated lower groundwater recharge than snow-rich years, which resulted in higher deficit volumes in summer. The lower recharge and runoff in the case of a snowfall-to-rain transition due to air temperature increase might be critical for water supply in the future.