Articles | Volume 27, issue 14
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Opinion article
18 Jul 2023
Opinion article |  | 18 Jul 2023

HESS Opinions: Are soils overrated in hydrology?

Hongkai Gao, Fabrizio Fenicia, and Hubert H. G. Savenije


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • CC1: 'A critical note on ET “reality”', Adriaan J. (Ryan) Teuling, 12 Feb 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on CC1', Hongkai Gao, 18 Feb 2023
  • CC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-125', Luca Brocca, 18 Feb 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on CC2', Hongkai Gao, 21 Feb 2023
  • RC1: 'Critical comments on egusphere-2023-125', Conrad Jackisch, 02 Mar 2023
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC1', Hongkai Gao, 14 Mar 2023
  • RC2: 'Reviewer comment on egusphere-2023-125', Anonymous Referee #2, 16 Apr 2023
    • AC4: 'Reply on RC2', Hongkai Gao, 01 May 2023
    • AC5: 'Reply on RC2', Hongkai Gao, 05 May 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (12 May 2023) by Erwin Zehe
AR by Hongkai Gao on behalf of the Authors (13 Jun 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (14 Jun 2023) by Erwin Zehe
AR by Hongkai Gao on behalf of the Authors (14 Jun 2023)
Short summary
It is a deeply rooted perception that soil is key in hydrology. In this paper, we argue that it is the ecosystem, not the soil, that is in control of hydrology. Firstly, in nature, the dominant flow mechanism is preferential, which is not particularly related to soil properties. Secondly, the ecosystem, not the soil, determines the land–surface water balance and hydrological processes. Moving from a soil- to ecosystem-centred perspective allows more realistic and simpler hydrological models.
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