Articles | Volume 24, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 381–396, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-381-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 381–396, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-381-2020

Research article 24 Jan 2020

Research article | 24 Jan 2020

Inter-annual variability of the global terrestrial water cycle

Dongqin Yin and Michael L. Roderick

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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (27 Aug 2019) by Anke Hildebrandt
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (02 Oct 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (15 Oct 2019) by Anke Hildebrandt
RR by Rene Orth (01 Nov 2019)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (14 Nov 2019) by Anke Hildebrandt
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (26 Nov 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (04 Dec 2019) by Anke Hildebrandt
AR by Dongqin Yin on behalf of the Authors (09 Dec 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
We focus on the initial analysis of inter-annual variability in the global terrestrial water cycle, which is key to understanding hydro-climate extremes. We find that (1) the partitioning of inter-annual variability is totally different with the mean state partitioning; (2) the magnitude of covariances can be large and negative, indicating the variability in the sinks can exceed variability in the source; and (3) the partitioning is relevant to the water storage capacity and snow/ice presence.