Articles | Volume 25, issue 9
Research article
02 Sep 2021
Research article |  | 02 Sep 2021

Contribution of moisture sources to precipitation changes in the Three Gorges Reservoir Region

Ying Li, Chenghao Wang, Hui Peng, Shangbin Xiao, and Denghua Yan

Related authors

Unravelling Disparities in Eulerian and Lagrangian Moisture Tracking Models in Monsoon- and Westerlies-dominated Basins Around the Tibetan Plateau
Ying Li, Chenghao Wang, Qiuhong Tang, Shibo Yao, Bo Sun, Hui Peng, and Shangbin Xiao
EGUsphere,,, 2024
Short summary
Spatial distribution of oceanic moisture contributions to precipitation over the Tibetan Plateau
Ying Li, Chenghao Wang, Ru Huang, Denghua Yan, Hui Peng, and Shangbin Xiao
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 6413–6426,,, 2022
Short summary

Related subject area

Subject: Hydrometeorology | Techniques and Approaches: Modelling approaches
Assessing downscaling methods to simulate hydrologically relevant weather scenarios from a global atmospheric reanalysis: case study of the upper Rhône River (1902–2009)
Caroline Legrand, Benoît Hingray, Bruno Wilhelm, and Martin Ménégoz
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 2139–2166,,, 2024
Short summary
Global total precipitable water variations and trends over the period 1958–2021
Nenghan Wan, Xiaomao Lin, Roger A. Pielke Sr., Xubin Zeng, and Amanda M. Nelson
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 2123–2137,,, 2024
Short summary
Assessing decadal- to centennial-scale nonstationary variability in meteorological drought trends
Kyungmin Sung, Max C. A. Torbenson, and James H. Stagge
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 2047–2063,,, 2024
Short summary
Identification of compound drought and heatwave events on a daily scale and across four seasons
Baoying Shan, Niko E. C. Verhoest, and Bernard De Baets
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 2065–2080,,, 2024
Short summary
Potential for historically unprecedented Australian droughts from natural variability and climate change
Georgina M. Falster, Nicky M. Wright, Nerilie J. Abram, Anna M. Ukkola, and Benjamin J. Henley
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 1383–1401,,, 2024
Short summary

Cited articles

Biemans, H., Haddeland, I., Kabat, P., Ludwig, F., Hutjes, R. W. A., Heinke, J., von Bloh, W., and Gerten, D.: Impact of reservoirs on river discharge and irrigation water supply during the 20th century, Water Resour. Res., 47, W03509,, 2011. 
Bosilovich, M. G., Robertson, F. R., Takacs, L., Molod, A., and Mocko, D.: Atmospheric water balance and variability in the MERRA-2 reanalysis, J. Climate, 30, 1177–1196,, 2017. 
Chen, B., Xu, X. D., and Zhao, T.: Main moisture sources affecting lower Yangtze River Basin in boreal summers during 2004–2009, Int. J. Climatol., 33, 1035–1046,, 2013. 
China Meteorological Data Service Center: China Monthly Surface Precipitation 0.5× 0.5 Gridded Data Set (V2.0), available at:, last access: 26 August 2021. 
Short summary
Precipitation change in the Three Gorges Reservoir Region (TGRR) plays a critical role in the operation and regulation of the Three Gorges Dam and the protection of residents and properties. We investigated the long-term contribution of moisture sources to precipitation changes in this region with an atmospheric moisture tracking model. We found that southwestern source regions (especially the southeastern tip of the Tibetan Plateau) are the key regions that control TGRR precipitation changes.