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Title: Hydrologic responses to climate change: considering geographic context and alternative hypotheses
Author: Jones, J.A.;
Source: Hydrological Processes
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Description: One of the most significant consequences of climate warming is the likely change in streamflow as a result of warming air temperatures. Hydrologists have responded to the challenge of understanding these effects. Many recent studies quantify historical trends in streamflow and usually attribute these trends to climate warming, via altered evapotranspiration and snowpack (Figure 1.a). However, without questioning the fundamental reality of a warming climate, hydrologists should also consider biotic and social processes whose omission may produce misleading interpretations about climate change effects on hydrology. The aim of this commentary is to raise awareness of ecological and social processes that may confound the interpretation of climate effects on hydrology, to review how the geographic context of streamflow records affects interpretation of the climate signal, and to suggest a 'checklist' of working hypotheses that can be used to structure studies of streamflow responses to climate change.
Keywords: biotic, social processes, streamflow, hydrologic, climate change
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Jones, J.A. 2011. Hydrologic responses to climate change: considering geographic context and alternative hypotheses. Hydrological Processes. 1031002/hyp.8004: 5 p.
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