The essential value of long‐term experimental data for hydrology and water management Journal Articles uri icon

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  • AbstractObservations and data from long‐term experimental watersheds are the foundation of hydrology as a geoscience. They allow us to benchmark process understanding, observe trends and natural cycles, and are prerequisites for testing predictive models. Long‐term experimental watersheds also are places where new measurement technologies are developed. These studies offer a crucial evidence base for understanding and managing the provision of clean water supplies, predicting and mitigating the effects of floods, and protecting ecosystem services provided by rivers and wetlands. They also show how to manage land and water in an integrated, sustainable way that reduces environmental and economic costs.


  • Tetzlaff, Doerthe
  • Carey, Sean K
  • McNamara, James P
  • Laudon, Hjalmar
  • Soulsby, Chris

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  • April 2017