Articles | Volume 26, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 3021–3036, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-3021-2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 3021–3036, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-3021-2022
Research article
 | Highlight paper
17 Jun 2022
Research article  | Highlight paper | 17 Jun 2022

Agricultural intensification vs. climate change: what drives long-term changes in sediment load?

Shengping Wang 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-2021-567', Anonymous Referee #1, 13 Dec 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Shengping Wang, 16 Feb 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on hess-2021-567', Anonymous Referee #2, 24 Dec 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Shengping Wang, 16 Feb 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (01 Mar 2022) by Christian Stamm
AR by Shengping Wang on behalf of the Authors (11 Mar 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (26 Mar 2022) by Christian Stamm
AR by Shengping Wang on behalf of the Authors (18 Apr 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (25 Apr 2022) by Christian Stamm
AR by Shengping Wang on behalf of the Authors (17 May 2022)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Executive editor
The paper provides interesting insight about the relative importance of local land use change versus climate change effects on sediment delivery to surface waters at a decadal time scale.
Short summary
This study explored the quantitative contribution of agricultural intensification and climate change to the sediment load of a small agricultural watershed. Rather than a change in climatic conditions, changes in the land structure notably altered sediment concentrations under high-flow conditions, thereby contributing most to the increase in annual sediment loads. More consideration of land structure improvement is required when combating the transfer of soil from land to water.