Articles | Volume 25, issue 9
Research article
07 Sep 2021
Research article |  | 07 Sep 2021

Structural changes to forests during regeneration affect water flux partitioning, water ages and hydrological connectivity: Insights from tracer-aided ecohydrological modelling

Aaron J. Neill, Christian Birkel, Marco P. Maneta, Doerthe Tetzlaff, and Chris Soulsby


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-158', Stefanie Lutz, 22 Apr 2021
    • AC1: 'Response to RC1', Aaron Neill, 16 Jun 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on hess-2021-158', Anonymous Referee #2, 27 May 2021
    • AC2: 'Response to RC2', Aaron Neill, 16 Jun 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (28 Jun 2021) by Anke Hildebrandt
AR by Aaron Neill on behalf of the Authors (15 Jul 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (24 Jul 2021) by Anke Hildebrandt
RR by Stefanie Lutz (05 Aug 2021)
ED: Publish as is (11 Aug 2021) by Anke Hildebrandt
Short summary
Structural changes (cover and height of vegetation plus tree canopy characteristics) to forests during regeneration on degraded land affect how water is partitioned between streamflow, groundwater recharge and evapotranspiration. Partitioning most strongly deviates from baseline conditions during earlier stages of regeneration with dense forest, while recovery may be possible as the forest matures and opens out. This has consequences for informing sustainable landscape restoration strategies.