Articles | Volume 26, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1507–1525, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-1507-2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1507–1525, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-1507-2022
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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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.