Articles | Volume 26, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 711–730, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-711-2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 711–730, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-711-2022

Research article 11 Feb 2022

Research article | 11 Feb 2022

Influence of initial soil moisture in a regional climate model study over West Africa – Part 1: Impact on the climate mean

Brahima Koné et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (05 Aug 2020) by Shraddhanand Shukla
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RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (23 Apr 2021)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (01 Jun 2021) by Shraddhanand Shukla
AR by Arona Diedhiou on behalf of the Authors (13 Jul 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (03 Oct 2021) by Shraddhanand Shukla
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (03 Dec 2021) by Shraddhanand Shukla
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Short summary
The impact of initial soil moisture anomalies can persist for up to 3–4 months and is greater on temperature than on precipitation over West Africa. The strongest homogeneous impact on temperature is located over the Central Sahel, with a peak change of −1.5 and 0.5 °C in the wet and dry experiments, respectively. The strongest impact on precipitation in the wet and dry experiments is found over the West and Central Sahel, with a peak change of about 40 % and −8 %, respectively.