Articles | Volume 28, issue 7
Research article
15 Apr 2024
Research article |  | 15 Apr 2024

Benchmarking multimodel terrestrial water storage seasonal cycle against Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) observations over major global river basins

Sadia Bibi, Tingju Zhu, Ashraf Rateb, Bridget R. Scanlon, Muhammad Aqeel Kamran, Abdelrazek Elnashar, Ali Bennour, and Ci Li


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on hess-2023-163', Anonymous Referee #1, 24 Aug 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Tingju Zhu, 08 Sep 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on hess-2023-163', Anonymous Referee #2, 08 Sep 2023
    • CC1: 'Reply on RC2', Sadia Bibi, 15 Sep 2023
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Tingju Zhu, 21 Oct 2023
  • RC3: 'Comment on hess-2023-163', Anonymous Referee #3, 19 Sep 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC3', Tingju Zhu, 16 Oct 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (27 Oct 2023) by Rohini Kumar
AR by Tingju Zhu on behalf of the Authors (12 Dec 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (03 Jan 2024) by Rohini Kumar
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (21 Feb 2024)
ED: Publish as is (23 Feb 2024) by Rohini Kumar
AR by Tingju Zhu on behalf of the Authors (27 Feb 2024)
Short summary
We assessed 13 global models using GRACE satellite data over 29 river basins. Simulated seasonal water storage cycles showed discrepancies compared to GRACE. The models overestimated seasonal amplitude in boreal basins and showed underestimation in tropical, arid, and temperate zones, with phase differences of 2–3 months compared to GRACE in cold basins and of 1 month in temperate, arid, and semi-arid basins. Seasonal amplitude and phase differences provide insights for model improvement.