Articles | Volume 24, issue 11
Research article
19 Nov 2020
Research article |  | 19 Nov 2020

Effects of climate anomalies on warm-season low flows in Switzerland

Marius G. Floriancic, Wouter R. Berghuijs, Tobias Jonas, James W. Kirchner, and Peter Molnar

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Low river flows affect societies and ecosystems. Here we study how precipitation and potential evapotranspiration shape low flows across a network of 380 Swiss catchments. Low flows in these rivers typically result from below-average precipitation and above-average potential evapotranspiration. Extreme low flows result from long periods of the combined effects of both drivers.