Articles | Volume 26, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 3125–3150, 2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 3125–3150, 2022
Research article
 | Highlight paper
21 Jun 2022
Research article  | Highlight paper | 21 Jun 2022

Morphological controls on surface runoff: an interpretation of steady-state energy patterns, maximum power states and dissipation regimes within a thermodynamic framework

Samuel Schroers et al.


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-479', Keith Beven, 01 Oct 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Samuel Schroers, 04 Oct 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Samuel Schroers, 12 Oct 2021
      • RC2: 'Reply on AC2', Keith Beven, 12 Oct 2021
        • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Samuel Schroers, 13 Oct 2021
          • RC3: 'Reply on AC3', Keith Beven, 13 Oct 2021
            • AC6: 'Reply on RC3', Samuel Schroers, 22 Dec 2021
  • CC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-479', John Ding, 17 Oct 2021
    • AC4: 'Reply on CC1', Samuel Schroers, 19 Oct 2021
  • RC4: 'Comment on hess-2021-479', Anonymous Referee #2, 16 Dec 2021
    • AC5: 'Reply on RC4', Samuel Schroers, 21 Dec 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (14 Jan 2022) by Roger Moussa
AR by Samuel Schroers on behalf of the Authors (04 Mar 2022)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (29 Mar 2022) by Roger Moussa
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (31 Mar 2022)
RR by Hubert H.G. Savenije (23 May 2022)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (25 May 2022) by Roger Moussa
Executive editor
The paper presents an original and innovative approach to understand hillslope processes linking hillslope surface flow, drainage structure formation, and erosion processes to thermodynamics. I consider that the topic is very important in understanding why simple parsimonious empirical methods work in nature.
Short summary
In hydrology the formation of landform patterns is of special interest as changing forcings of the natural systems, such as climate or land use, will change these structures. In our study we developed a thermodynamic framework for surface runoff on hillslopes and highlight the differences of energy conversion patterns on two related spatial and temporal scales. The results indicate that surface runoff on hillslopes approaches a maximum power state.