The essential value of long-term experimental data for hydrology and water management

Doerthe Tetzlaff* (Corresponding Author), Sean K. Carey, James P. Mcnamara, Hjalmar Laudon, Chris Soulsby

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Observations 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 pre-requisites 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2598–2604
Number of pages7
JournalWater Resources Research
Issue number4
Early online date20 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


  • data
  • long-term monitoring
  • water management
  • hydrology
  • catchment studies


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