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Lei Wang, Tandong Yao, Chenhao Chai, Lan Cuo, Fengge Su, Fan Zhang, Zhijun Yao, Yinsheng Zhang, Xiuping Li, Jia Qi, Zhidan Hu, Jingshi Liu, and Yuanwei Wang

R iver runoff at locations where rivers leave the mountains and enter the plains (mountain outlets) is an important hydrological parameter, representing the integrated output of the hydrological cycle at the mountainous headwaters of river basins. Monitoring changes in river runoff at mountain outlets is particularly important at the Third Pole (TP) because rivers in this region support millions of people in Asia ( CIESIN 2018 ) and are very sensitive to climate change. The TP, also known as

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Yuan Yang, Ming Pan, Peirong Lin, Hylke E. Beck, Zhenzhong Zeng, Dai Yamazaki, Cédric H. David, Hui Lu, Kun Yang, Yang Hong, and Eric F. Wood

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters ( Wu et al. 2014 ). According to a United Nations report ( UNISDR 2015 ), floods accounted for 43% of occurrences of natural disasters during 1995–2015. The EM-DAT international disaster database ( ) indicates that fluvial floods ( Willner et al. 2018 ; Beevers et al. 2020 ) contributed to two-thirds of flood events in the past two decades. Fluvial flood is the extreme upper tail of river hydrology that can

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H. F. Dacre, P. A. Clark, O. Martinez-Alvarado, M. A. Stringer, and D. A. Lavers

Identifying the source of atmospheric rivers: Are they rivers of moisture exported from the subtropics or footprints left behind by poleward traveling storms? Studies of heavy precipitation occurring in the winter over land in the midlatitudes have found that these events are almost always associated with extratropical cyclones ( Lackmann and Gyakum 1999 ; Viale and Nunez 2011 ; Hawcroft et al. 2012 ). These heavy precipitation events often occur when warm moist air, located in the cyclone

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Julie A. Vano, Bradley Udall, Daniel R. Cayan, Jonathan T. Overpeck, Levi D. Brekke, Tapash Das, Holly C. Hartmann, Hugo G. Hidalgo, Martin Hoerling, Gregory J. McCabe, Kiyomi Morino, Robert S. Webb, Kevin Werner, and Dennis P. Lettenmaier

A synthesis of studies on Colorado River streamflow projections that examines methodological and model differences and their implications for water management. The Colorado River is the primary water source for more than 30 million people in seven rapidly growing, mostly arid American states and Mexico. The Colorado River water supply system, which consists of two large reservoirs (Lakes Mead and Powell) and numerous smaller reservoirs, is already stressed because of growing water demand and an

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Frauke Hoss and Paul Fischbeck

described the relationship between river forecasts and decision making as weak (e.g., Hunemuller 2010 ; Rayner et al. 2005 ; Penning-Rowsell et al. 2000 ; Golden and Adams 2000 ; Parker and Handmer 1998 ). This paper describes emergency managers (EMs), a large and important group of NWS clients, and their use of hydrometeorological forecasts in decision making, with a special focus on the ways EMs cope with forecast uncertainty. This paper arrives at a number of recommendations for the NWS (printed

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Laigang Wang and Kaicun Wang

Different digital elevation model datasets agree well in altitude but significantly differ in their derivative parameters, which introduces significant errors in the estimation of surface-received solar radiation and data from river networks. A digital elevation model (DEM) is a virtual representation of landforms, describing the surface elevation. As an important input parameter, DEM is widely used in hydrological ( Liou et al. 2013 ), meteorological ( Gu et al. 2012 ), and climatic modeling

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Minghua Zheng, Luca Delle Monache, Xingren Wu, F. Martin Ralph, Bruce Cornuelle, Vijay Tallapragada, Jennifer S. Haase, Anna M. Wilson, Matthew Mazloff, Aneesh Subramanian, and Forest Cannon

The transport of water vapor in the atmosphere from tropical/subtropical regions to higher latitudes is critical to water supply in densely populated areas, the occurrence of devastating flooding events, droughts, and the understanding of climate and hydrological systems (Benton and Estoque1954; Koster et al. 1986 ; Zhu and Newell 1998 ; Ralph et al. 2006 ; Dettinger 2013 ; Lavers et al. 2015 ). Atmospheric rivers (ARs) are elongated corridors that transport water vapor from the subtropics

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D. Durnford, V. Fortin, G. C. Smith, B. Archambault, D. Deacu, F. Dupont, S. Dyck, Y. Martinez, E. Klyszejko, M. MacKay, L. Liu, P. Pellerin, A. Pietroniro, F. Roy, V. Vu, B. Winter, W. Yu, C. Spence, J. Bruxer, and J. Dickhout

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) operational implementation of a numerical forecast system linking atmospheric, surface, river and lake/ocean models is described. The Water Cycle Prediction System (WCPS) was recently implemented over the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River watershed (WCPS-GLS version 1.0) by Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Canadian Centre for Meteorological and Environmental Prediction (CCMEP, formerly CMC). WCPS simulates the complete water cycle

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F. Martin Ralph, Jonathan J. Rutz, Jason M. Cordeira, Michael Dettinger, Michael Anderson, David Reynolds, Lawrence J. Schick, and Chris Smallcomb

A scale for atmospheric river intensity and potential impacts is introduced, enhancing situational awareness and forecast communication. Atmospheric rivers (ARs) have emerged as a subject of broad interest not only in the scientific community, but also with water managers, emergency managers, media, the public, and policy makers. The role of ARs in creating extreme precipitation, flooding, drought, and other impacts is well established ( Table 1 ). Major field experiments, such as the 6-yr

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Kelley Sterle, Benjamin J. Hatchett, Loretta Singletary, and Greg Pohll

In the snow-fed Truckee-Carson river system, northern Sierra Nevada, water managers are adapting to the “new normal” climate inclusive of increased hydroclimate variability, warmer temperatures, and drought and flood extremes. Snow-fed river system communities are highly sensitive to climate change ( IPCC 2014 ; USGCRP 2017 ) because the majority of their water supply is derived from snow ( Barnett et al. 2005 ; Mankin et al. 2015 ; Li et al. 2017 ). A warmer climate shifts precipitation

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