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HESS | Articles | Volume 22, issue 8
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 4311-4328, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-4311-2018
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 4311-4328, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-4311-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 15 Aug 2018

Research article | 15 Aug 2018

Remote land use impacts on river flows through atmospheric teleconnections

Lan Wang-Erlandsson et al.
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ERA Interim Daily European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts http://apps.ecmwf.int/datasets/data/interim-full-daily/levtype=sfc/

WAM2layersPython R. J. van der Ent https://github.com/ruudvdent/WAM2layersPython

gloh2o H. Beck http://www.gloh2o.org/

Global Potential Vegetation Dataset N. Ramankutty and J. A. Foley https://nelson.wisc.edu/sage/data-and-models/global-potential-vegetation/index.php

Cropland and Pasture Area 2000 Ramankutty N., A. T. Evan, C. Monfreda, and J. A. Foley http://www.earthstat.org/data-download/

Land Cover Types Yearly L3 Global 0.05 Deg CMG M. Friedl https://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/dataprod/mod12.php

MIRCA2000 data download F. T. Portmann, S. Siebert, and P. Döll http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/45218031

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Winds carry air moisture from one place to another. Thus, land-use change that alters air moisture content can also modify downwind rainfall and distant river flows. This aspect has rarely been taken into account in studies of river flow changes. We show here that remote land-use change effect on rainfall can exceed that of local, and that foreign nation influence on river flows is much more prevalent than previously thought. This has important implications for both land and water governance.
Winds carry air moisture from one place to another. Thus, land-use change that alters air...
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