Articles | Volume 25, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 5641–5665, 2021
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 5641–5665, 2021

Research article 03 Nov 2021

Research article | 03 Nov 2021

Land use and climate change effects on water yield from East African forested water towers

Charles Nduhiu Wamucii et al.


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • CC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-151', Steve Lyon, 21 Apr 2021
    • RC3: 'CC1 again as RC', Steve Lyon, 26 Apr 2021
      • AC1: 'Reply on RC3', Charles Wamucii, 27 May 2021
  • RC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-151', M. van Noordwijk, 21 Apr 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Charles Wamucii, 27 May 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on hess-2021-151', Anonymous Referee #2, 22 Apr 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Charles Wamucii, 27 May 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (15 Jun 2021) by Daniel Viviroli
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (04 Aug 2021)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (16 Aug 2021) by Daniel Viviroli
RR by Meine van Noordwijk (17 Aug 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (08 Sep 2021)
ED: Publish as is (22 Sep 2021) by Daniel Viviroli
Short summary
East African water towers (WTs) are under pressure from human influences within and without, but the water yield (WY) is more sensitive to climate changes from within. Land use changes have greater impacts on WY in the surrounding lowlands. The WTs have seen a strong shift towards wetter conditions while, at the same time, the potential evapotranspiration is gradually increasing. The WTs were identified as non-resilient, and future WY may experience more extreme variations.