The hydrology of the humid tropics

Ellen Wohl, Ana Barros, Nathaniel Brunsell, Nick A. Chappell, Michael Coe, Thomas Giambelluca, Steven Goldsmith, Russell Harmon, Jan M.H. Hendrickx, James Juvik, Jeffrey McDonnell, Fred Ogden

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Hydrological processes in the humid tropics differ from other regions in having greater energy inputs and faster rates of change, including human-induced change. Human influences on population growth, land use and climate change will profoundly influence tropical hydrology, yet understanding of key hydrological interactions is limited. We propose that efforts to collect tropical data should explicitly emphasize characterizing moisture and energy fluxes from below the ground surface into the atmosphere. Research needs to chiefly involve field-based characterizations and modelling of moisture cycling and catchment processes, as well as long-term data acquisition and organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-662
Number of pages8
JournalNature Climate Change
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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