Data acquisition and modelling of hydrological, hydrogeological and ecohydrological processes in arid and semi-arid regions
Data acquisition and modelling of hydrological, hydrogeological and ecohydrological processes in arid and semi-arid regions
Editor(s): Philip Brunner, Insa Neuweiler, Bob Su, Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen, and Wenke Wang
Arid and semi-arid regions feature particularly vulnerable ecosystems. Quantitative approaches describing the interactions and feedback mechanisms between ecological, hydrological and hydrogeological processes are required not only to improve the current process understanding, but also to protect the remaining ecosystems amid ever-increasing anthropogenic pressure related to large-scale groundwater abstraction, mining and/or climate change. However, a range of challenges complicates this endeavour. For example, precipitation dynamics feature a high spatial and temporal variability, which leads to sporadic yet complex infiltration, evaporation and recharge dynamics and complex spatial flow patterns. Another example is evapotranspiration under arid conditions with many unresolved challenges such as nighttime evaporation, root water uptake or the plant response to drought stress. Moreover, aridity often comes with remoteness, which further complicates data acquisition.

In this special issue, we invite submissions that advance the current state of the art of ecohydrology, hydrology and hydrogeology of arid- and semi-arid areas. Contributions focusing on data acquisition for an improved process understanding are particularly interesting for this special issue. Examples of data acquisition include remote sensing approaches, innovative observation networks or ecological observations. Also, contributions for both small- and large-scale modelling approaches of hydrological and hydrogeological processes and dynamics and /or the interactions with ecohydrological processes are welcome. The integration of data into numerical models is also of high interest.

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07 Feb 2022
Drivers of drought-induced shifts in the water balance through a Budyko approach
Tessa Maurer, Francesco Avanzi, Steven D. Glaser, and Roger C. Bales
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 589–607,,, 2022
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31 Aug 2021
How does water yield respond to mountain pine beetle infestation in a semiarid forest?
Jianning Ren, Jennifer C. Adam, Jeffrey A. Hicke, Erin J. Hanan, Christina L. Tague, Mingliang Liu, Crystal A. Kolden, and John T. Abatzoglou
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 4681–4699,,, 2021
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03 Aug 2021
Interaction of soil water and groundwater during the freezing–thawing cycle: field observations and numerical modeling
Hong-Yu Xie, Xiao-Wei Jiang, Shu-Cong Tan, Li Wan, Xu-Sheng Wang, Si-Hai Liang, and Yijian Zeng
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 4243–4257,,, 2021
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03 Aug 2021
Taking theory to the field: streamflow generation mechanisms in an intermittent Mediterranean catchment
Karina Y. Gutierrez-Jurado, Daniel Partington, and Margaret Shanafield
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 4299–4317,,, 2021
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16 Jun 2021
Dynamics of hydrological and geomorphological processes in evaporite karst at the eastern Dead Sea – a multidisciplinary study
Djamil Al-Halbouni, Robert A. Watson, Eoghan P. Holohan, Rena Meyer, Ulrich Polom, Fernando M. Dos Santos, Xavier Comas, Hussam Alrshdan, Charlotte M. Krawczyk, and Torsten Dahm
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 3351–3395,,, 2021
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31 May 2021
Variations in surface roughness of heterogeneous surfaces in the Nagqu area of the Tibetan Plateau
Maoshan Li, Xiaoran Liu, Lei Shu, Shucheng Yin, Lingzhi Wang, Wei Fu, Yaoming Ma, Yaoxian Yang, and Fanglin Sun
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 2915–2930,,, 2021
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27 Apr 2021
Unsaturated zone model complexity for the assimilation of evapotranspiration rates in groundwater modelling
Simone Gelsinari, Valentijn R. N. Pauwels, Edoardo Daly, Jos van Dam, Remko Uijlenhoet, Nicholas Fewster-Young, and Rebecca Doble
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 2261–2277,,, 2021
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18 Feb 2021
Long-term water stress and drought assessment of Mediterranean oak savanna vegetation using thermal remote sensing
María P. González-Dugo, Xuelong Chen, Ana Andreu, Elisabet Carpintero, Pedro J. Gómez-Giraldez, Arnaud Carrara, and Zhongbo Su
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 755–768,,, 2021
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16 Dec 2020
Simulation analysis of local land atmosphere coupling in rainy season over a typical underlying surface in the Tibetan Plateau
Genhou Sun, Zeyong Hu, Yaoming Ma, Zhipeng Xie, Jiemin Wang, and Song Yang
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 5937–5951,,, 2020
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12 Oct 2020
Understanding the mass, momentum, and energy transfer in the frozen soil with three levels of model complexities
Lianyu Yu, Yijian Zeng, and Zhongbo Su
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4813–4830,,, 2020
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