Articles | Volume 28, issue 7
Research article
08 Apr 2024
Research article |  | 08 Apr 2024

Elasticity curves describe streamflow sensitivity to precipitation across the entire flow distribution

Bailey J. Anderson, Manuela I. Brunner, Louise J. Slater, and Simon J. Dadson

Data sets

GAGES-II: Geospatial Attributes of Gages for Evaluating Streamflow James A. Falcone

U.S. Geological Survey GAGES-II time series data from consistent sources of land use, water use, agriculture, timber activities, dam removals, and other historical anthropogenic influences James A. Falcone

Model code and software

Elasticity_curve_analysis: initial release of code for generating and analysing elasticity curve data Bailey J. Anderson

Short summary
Elasticity refers to how much the amount of water in a river changes with precipitation. We usually calculate this using average streamflow values; however, the amount of water within rivers is also dependent on stored water sources. Here, we look at how elasticity varies across the streamflow distribution and show that not only do low and high streamflows respond differently to precipitation change, but also these differences vary with water storage availability.