Articles | Volume 26, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 2345–2364, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-2345-2022

Special issue: Socio-hydrology and transboundary rivers

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 2345–2364, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-2345-2022
Research article
05 May 2022
Research article | 05 May 2022

Satellite observations reveal 13 years of reservoir filling strategies, operating rules, and hydrological alterations in the Upper Mekong River basin

Dung Trung Vu et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-360', Marko Kallio, 16 Oct 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Stefano Galelli, 10 Jan 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on hess-2021-360', Maurizio Mazzoleni, 29 Dec 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Stefano Galelli, 10 Jan 2022
  • RC3: 'Comment on hess-2021-360', Anonymous Referee #3, 04 Jan 2022
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC3', Stefano Galelli, 10 Jan 2022
  • RC4: 'Comment on hess-2021-360', Anonymous Referee #4, 05 Jan 2022
    • AC4: 'Reply on RC4', Stefano Galelli, 10 Jan 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (18 Jan 2022) by Giuliano Di Baldassarre
AR by Stefano Galelli on behalf of the Authors (28 Feb 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (02 Mar 2022) by Giuliano Di Baldassarre
RR by Maurizio Mazzoleni (01 Apr 2022)
RR by Marko Kallio (11 Apr 2022)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (12 Apr 2022) by Giuliano Di Baldassarre
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Short summary
The lack of data on how big dams are operated in the Upper Mekong, or Lancang, largely contributes to the ongoing controversy between China and the other Mekong countries. Here, we rely on satellite observations to reconstruct monthly storage time series for the 10 largest reservoirs in the Lancang. Our analysis shows how quickly reservoirs were filled in, what decisions were made during recent droughts, and how these decisions impacted downstream discharge.