The hydrology of the humid tropics


Journal Article (Review)

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. © 2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wohl, E; Barros, A; Brunsell, N; Chappell, NA; Coe, M; Giambelluca, T; Goldsmith, S; Harmon, R; Hendrickx, JMH; Juvik, J; McDonnell, J; Ogden, F

Published Date

  • September 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 655 - 662

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1758-6798

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1758-678X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nclimate1556

Citation Source

  • Scopus