Articles | Volume 26, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1089–1109, 2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1089–1109, 2022
Research article
24 Feb 2022
Research article | 24 Feb 2022

The importance of vegetation in understanding terrestrial water storage variations

Tina Trautmann et al.

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We assess the effect of how vegetation is defined in a global hydrological model on the composition of total water storage (TWS). We compare two experiments, one with globally uniform and one with vegetation parameters that vary in space and time. While both experiments are constrained against observational data, we found a drastic change in the partitioning of TWS, highlighting the important role of the interaction between groundwater–soil moisture–vegetation in understanding TWS variations.