Articles | Volume 26, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 2345–2364, 2022
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Special issue: Socio-hydrology and transboundary rivers
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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Donghoon Lee, Jia Yi Ng, Stefano Galelli, and Paul Block
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 2431–2448,Short summary
To fully realize the potential of seasonal streamflow forecasts in the hydropower industry, we need to understand the relationship between reservoir design specifications, forecast skill, and value. Here, we rely on realistic forecasts and simulated hydropower operations for 753 dams worldwide to unfold such relationship. Our analysis shows how forecast skill affects hydropower production, what type of dams are most likely to benefit from seasonal forecasts, and where these dams are located.
Thanh Duc Dang, A. F. M. Kamal Chowdhury, and Stefano Galelli
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 397–416,Short summary
A common problem in catchment hydrology lies in the representation of dams in numerical models. Here, we contribute to the existing literature by showing that the representation of water reservoirs can largely impact the model parameters, a result attained by comparing the parameters of a model for the upper Mekong basin built with or without reservoirs. We show that a flawed parameter estimation affects the representation of key physical processes and the downstream applications of the model.
Sean W. D. Turner, James C. Bennett, David E. Robertson, and Stefano Galelli
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 4841–4859,Short summary
This study investigates the relationship between skill and value of ensemble seasonal streamflow forecasts. Using data from a modern forecasting system, we show that skilled forecasts are more likely to provide benefits for reservoirs operated to maintain a target water level rather than reservoirs operated to satisfy a target demand. We identify the primary causes for this behaviour and provide specific recommendations for assessing the value of forecasts for reservoirs with supply objectives.
S. Galelli and A. Castelletti
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 2669–2684,
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss.,
Revised manuscript accepted for HESSShort summary
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Accurate daily continental water balance predictions are valuable in monitoring and forecasting water availability and land surface conditions. A simple and robust method was developed for an operational water balance model to constrain model predictions temporally and spatially with satellite soil moisture observations. The improved soil water storage prediction can provide constraints in model forecasts that persist for several weeks.
Oliver Miguel López Valencia, Kasper Johansen, Bruno José Luis Aragón Solorio, Ting Li, Rasmus Houborg, Yoann Malbeteau, Samer AlMashharawi, Muhammad Umer Altaf, Essam Mohammed Fallatah, Hari Prasad Dasari, Ibrahim Hoteit, and Matthew Francis McCabe
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 5251–5277,Short summary
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Angel Martín, Sara Ibáñez, Carlos Baixauli, Sara Blanc, and Ana Belén Anquela
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 3573–3582,Short summary
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Imeshi Weerasinghe, Wim Bastiaanssen, Marloes Mul, Li Jia, and Ann van Griensven
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1565–1586,Short summary
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Melanie K. Vanderhoof, Jay R. Christensen, and Laurie C. Alexander
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 4269–4292,Short summary
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Sameer M. Shadeed, Tariq G. Judeh, and Mohammad N. Almasri
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1581–1592,Short summary
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Fugen Li, Xiaozhou Xin, Zhiqing Peng, and Qinhuo Liu
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 949–969,Short summary
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 897–923,Short summary
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 691–709,Short summary
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 5357–5371,Short summary
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 4745–4770,Short summary
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1851–1873,Short summary
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 373–390,Short summary
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 6445–6459,Short summary
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 6135–6151,Short summary
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 4747–4765,Short summary
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 2685–2700,Short summary
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4469–4481,Short summary
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4191–4208,Short summary
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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.
The lack of data on how big dams are operated in the Upper Mekong, or Lancang, largely...