Hydrological response to climatic and cryospheric changes in high-mountain regions
Hydrological response to climatic and cryospheric changes in high-mountain regions
Editor(s): Fuqiang Tian, Günter Blöschl, Wouter Buytaert, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Songjun Han, Yue-Ping Xu, Giulia Zuecco, and Thom Bogaard
Climate change in high-mountain regions is associated with significant change in vegetation dynamics, snow coverage, glacier mass balance, and permafrost, which have led to profound changes in both hydrological regimes and their extremes, making the “water towers” vulnerable. Hydrological regimes and their responses to climate change and its associated cryospheric change in high-mountain regions are quite complicated due to intertwined interactions among multiple processes (i.e. ice melting, snow melting, permafrost degradation, and rainfall–runoff) as well as flow pathways. Critical knowledge gaps and large observational uncertainties pose additional challenges for predicting hydrological response to the co-evolution of climate, cryosphere, and biosphere in the high-mountain regions globally.

This special issue calls for a wide range of submissions across a series of disciplines with a hydrological, climatological, and cryospherical perspective across global or regional high-mountain regions, with a focus on exploring the co-evolutional mechanisms of the soil–ice–snow–vegetation system in the context of climate change and their impacts on both hydrological regimes and their extremes. Potential submissions can be in but are not limited to the following areas:

  • review of the important issues and methodologies in global or regional high-mountain hydrological studies;
  • novel approaches to studying hydrological response to climate and land surface property changes over alpine regions;
  • spatial, seasonal/temporal, or elevational patterns and co-evolution mechanisms in vegetation, snow, glaciers, and permafrost as well as their response to climate change and impacts on hydrology in high-mountain regions;
  • global or regional climate change and its impacts on the biosphere, cryosphere, and hydrosphere in high-mountain regions;
  • observations and projections of changes and variability in hydrological regimes and their extremes in global or regional high-mountain regions;
  • integrated database of hydrological and climatological variables in global or regional high-mountain regions.

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07 May 2024
Debris cover effects on energy and mass balance of Batura Glacier in the Karakoram over the past 20 years
Yu Zhu, Shiyin Liu, Ben W. Brock, Lide Tian, Ying Yi, Fuming Xie, Donghui Shangguan, and Yiyuan Shen
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 2023–2045, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-2023-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-2023-2024, 2024
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27 Feb 2024
Links between seasonal suprapermafrost groundwater, the hydrothermal change of the active layer, and river runoff in alpine permafrost watersheds
Jia Qin, Yongjian Ding, Faxiang Shi, Junhao Cui, Yaping Chang, Tianding Han, and Qiudong Zhao
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 973–987, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-973-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-973-2024, 2024
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15 Feb 2024
Glaciers determine the sensitivity of hydrological processes to perturbed climate in a large mountainous basin on the Tibetan Plateau
Yi Nan and Fuqiang Tian
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 28, 669–689, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-669-2024,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-669-2024, 2024
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19 Dec 2023
Projected future changes in cryosphere and hydrology of a mountainous catchment in the Upper Heihe River, China
Zehua Chang, Hongkai Gao, Leilei Yong, Kang Wang, Rensheng Chen, Chuntan Han, Otgonbayar Demberel, Batsuren Dorjsuren, Shugui Hou, and Zheng Duan
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-3043,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-3043, 2023
Revised manuscript under review for HESS (discussion: final response, 6 comments)
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24 Nov 2023
Downscaling precipitation over High Mountain Asia using Multi-Fidelity Gaussian Processes: Improved estimates from ERA5
Kenza Tazi, Andrew Orr, Javier Hernandez-González, Scott Hosking, and Richard E. Turner
EGUsphere, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-2145,https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-2145, 2023
Preprint under review for HESS (discussion: final response, 2 comments)
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29 Sep 2023
Spatial distribution and controls of snowmelt runoff in a sublimation-dominated environment in the semiarid Andes of Chile
Álvaro Ayala, Simone Schauwecker, and Shelley MacDonell
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 3463–3484, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-3463-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-3463-2023, 2023
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26 Sep 2023
Climatology of Snow Depth and Water Equivalent measurements in the Italian Alps (1967–2020)
Roberto Ranzi, Paolo Colosio, and Giorgio Galeati
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2023-223,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2023-223, 2023
Revised manuscript accepted for HESS (discussion: closed, 10 comments)
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26 Jul 2023
Climate-warming-driven changes in the cryosphere and their impact on groundwater–surface-water interactions in the Heihe River basin
Amanda Triplett and Laura E. Condon
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 2763–2785, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-2763-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-2763-2023, 2023
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21 Jul 2023
Application of an improved distributed hydrological model based on the soil–gravel structure in the Niyang River basin, Qinghai–Tibet Plateau
Pengxiang Wang, Zuhao Zhou, Jiajia Liu, Chongyu Xu, Kang Wang, Yangli Liu, Jia Li, Yuqing Li, Yangwen Jia, and Hao Wang
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 2681–2701, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-2681-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-2681-2023, 2023
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05 Apr 2023
Hydrological response to climate change and human activities in the Three-River Source Region
Ting Su, Chiyuan Miao, Qingyun Duan, Jiaojiao Gou, Xiaoying Guo, and Xi Zhao
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 1477–1492, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-1477-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-1477-2023, 2023
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13 Mar 2023
Machine-learning- and deep-learning-based streamflow prediction in a hilly catchment for future scenarios using CMIP6 GCM data
Dharmaveer Singh, Manu Vardhan, Rakesh Sahu, Debrupa Chatterjee, Pankaj Chauhan, and Shiyin Liu
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 1047–1075, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-1047-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-1047-2023, 2023
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01 Mar 2023
Characterizing 4 decades of accelerated glacial mass loss in the west Nyainqentanglha Range of the Tibetan Plateau
Shuhong Wang, Jintao Liu, Hamish D. Pritchard, Linghong Ke, Xiao Qiao, Jie Zhang, Weihua Xiao, and Yuyan Zhou
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 933–952, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-933-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-933-2023, 2023
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20 Jan 2023
A snow and glacier hydrological model for large catchments – case study for the Naryn River, central Asia
Sarah Shannon, Anthony Payne, Jim Freer, Gemma Coxon, Martina Kauzlaric, David Kriegel, and Stephan Harrison
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 453–480, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-453-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-27-453-2023, 2023
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21 Dec 2022
Spatial distribution of oceanic moisture contributions to precipitation over the Tibetan Plateau
Ying Li, Chenghao Wang, Ru Huang, Denghua Yan, Hui Peng, and Shangbin Xiao
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 6413–6426, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-6413-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-6413-2022, 2022
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20 Dec 2022
Significant regime shifts in historical water yield in the Upper Brahmaputra River basin
Hao Li, Baoying Shan, Liu Liu, Lei Wang, Akash Koppa, Feng Zhong, Dongfeng Li, Xuanxuan Wang, Wenfeng Liu, Xiuping Li, and Zongxue Xu
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 6399–6412, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-6399-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-6399-2022, 2022
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14 Sep 2022
Characterizing basin-scale precipitation gradients in the Third Pole region using a high-resolution atmospheric simulation-based dataset
Yaozhi Jiang, Kun Yang, Hua Yang, Hui Lu, Yingying Chen, Xu Zhou, Jing Sun, Yuan Yang, and Yan Wang
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 4587–4601, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-4587-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-4587-2022, 2022
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10 Aug 2022
Assessing the influence of water sampling strategy on the performance of tracer-aided hydrological modeling in a mountainous basin on the Tibetan Plateau
Yi Nan, Zhihua He, Fuqiang Tian, Zhongwang Wei, and Lide Tian
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 4147–4167, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-4147-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-4147-2022, 2022
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28 Jul 2022
Changes in nonlinearity and stability of streamflow recession characteristics under climate warming in a large glaciated basin of the Tibetan Plateau
Jiarong Wang, Xi Chen, Man Gao, Qi Hu, and Jintao Liu
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 3901–3920, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-3901-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-3901-2022, 2022
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07 Jul 2022
A comparison of hydrological models with different level of complexity in Alpine regions in the context of climate change
Francesca Carletti, Adrien Michel, Francesca Casale, Alice Burri, Daniele Bocchiola, Mathias Bavay, and Michael Lehning
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 3447–3475, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-3447-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-3447-2022, 2022
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