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Hydrology and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1107-1116, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1107-2017
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Opinion article
22 Feb 2017
HESS Opinions Catchments as meta-organisms – a new blueprint for hydrological modelling
Hubert H. G. Savenije and Markus Hrachowitz
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AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
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RC1: 'Review of the Opinion paper “How to make our models more physically-based”', Anonymous Referee #1, 27 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
AC1: 'Hydrological models accounting for living organisms', Hubert H.G. Savenije, 18 Oct 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
 
RC2: 'Conceptual model or physically based model - this is not the question!', Erwin Zehe, 07 Oct 2016 Printer-friendly Version Supplement 
AC2: 'Hydrological models as living organisms', Hubert H.G. Savenije, 27 Oct 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
 
RC3: 'Referee Comment HESS opinions: "How to make our models more physically-based"', Remko Uijlenhoet, 27 Oct 2016 Printer-friendly Version Supplement 
AC3: '“Modelling catchments as living organisms”', Hubert H.G. Savenije, 30 Oct 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
Peer review completion
AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by Editor and Referees) (08 Dec 2016) by Marc Bierkens  
AR by Hubert H.G. Savenije on behalf of the Authors (22 Dec 2016)  Author's response  Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (24 Dec 2016) by Marc Bierkens
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (02 Jan 2017)  
RR by Remko Uijlenhoet (17 Jan 2017)  
RR by Erwin Zehe (03 Feb 2017)  
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (06 Feb 2017) by Marc Bierkens  
AR by Hubert H.G. Savenije on behalf of the Authors (08 Feb 2017)  Author's response  Manuscript
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The natural environment that we live in is the result of evolution. This does not only apply to ecosystems, but also to the physical environment through which the water flows. This has resulted in the formation of flow patterns that obey sometimes surprisingly simple mathematical laws. Hydrological models should represent the physics of these patterns and should account for the fact that the ecosystem adjusts itself continuously to changing circumstances. Physics-based models are alive!
The natural environment that we live in is the result of evolution. This does not only apply to...
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