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Hydro-Meteorological Trends in an Austrian Low-Mountain Catchment

Version 1 : Received: 2 June 2021 / Approved: 3 June 2021 / Online: 3 June 2021 (11:35:58 CEST)

How to cite: Krebs, G.; Camhy, D.; Muschalla, D. Hydro-Meteorological Trends in an Austrian Low-Mountain Catchment. Preprints 2021, 2021060104 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0104.v1). Krebs, G.; Camhy, D.; Muschalla, D. Hydro-Meteorological Trends in an Austrian Low-Mountain Catchment. Preprints 2021, 2021060104 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0104.v1).

Abstract

While the ongoing climate change is well documented, the impacts exhibit a substantial variability, both in direction and magnitude, visible even at regional and local scales. However, the knowledge of regional impacts is crucial for the design of mitigation and adaptation measures, particularly when changes in the hydrological cycle are concerned. In this paper we present hydro-meteorological trends based on observations from a hydrological research basin in Eastern Austria between 1979-2019. The analysed state variables include the air temperature, the precipitation, and the catchment runoff. Additionally, trends for the catchment evapotranspiration were derived. The analysis shows that while the mean annual temperature was decreasing and annual temperature minima remained constant, the annual maxima were rising. The long-term trends indicate a shift of precipitation to the summer with minor variations observed for the remaining seasons and at an annual scale. Observed precipitation intensities mainly increased in spring and summer between 1979-2019. The catchment evapotranspiration, computed based on catchment precipitation and outflow, showed an increasing trend for the observed time period.

Subject Areas

hydrological research basin; precipitation; temperature; long-term trends; climate change; evapotranspiration

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