Articles | Volume 24, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 515–533, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-515-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 515–533, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-515-2020

Research article 04 Feb 2020

Research article | 04 Feb 2020

Impact of revegetation of the Loess Plateau of China on the regional growing season water balance

Jun Ge et al.

Data sets

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A description of the advanced research WRF version 3 W. C. Skamarock, J. B. Klemp, J. Dudhia, D. O. Gill, D. M. Barker, M. G. Duda, D. M. Barker, X. Y. Huang, W. Wang, and J. G. Powers https://doi.org/10.5065/D68S4MVH

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We investigate the impact of revegetation on the hydrology of the Loess Plateau based on high-resolution simulations using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. We find that past revegetation has caused decreased runoff and soil moisture with increased evapotranspiration as well as little response from rainfall. WRF suggests that further revegetation could aggravate this water imbalance. We caution that further revegetation might be unsustainable in this region.