Articles | Volume 26, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1507–1525, 2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1507–1525, 2022

Research article 18 Mar 2022

Research article | 18 Mar 2022

Theoretical and empirical evidence against the Budyko catchment trajectory conjecture

Nathan G. F. Reaver et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (30 Apr 2021) by Luis Samaniego
AR by Nathan Reaver on behalf of the Authors (10 Jun 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (30 Jun 2021) by Luis Samaniego
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (19 Nov 2021)
ED: Publish as is (07 Jan 2022) by Luis Samaniego
Short summary
The Budyko curve emerges globally from the behavior of multiple catchments. Single-parameter Budyko equations extrapolate the curve concept to individual catchments, interpreting curves and parameters as representing climatic and biophysical impacts on water availability, respectively. We tested these two key components theoretically and empirically, finding that catchments are not required to follow Budyko curves and usually do not, implying the parametric framework lacks predictive ability.