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HESS | Articles | Volume 23, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2679–2697, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-2679-2019
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 2679–2697, 2019
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© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
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Research article 24 Jun 2019

Research article | 24 Jun 2019

Distributive rainfall–runoff modelling to understand runoff-to-baseflow proportioning and its impact on the determination of reserve requirements of the Verlorenvlei estuarine lake, west coast, South Africa

Andrew Watson et al.
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