Water Resources Research

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Accepted Articles (Accepted, unedited articles published online and citable. The final edited and typeset version of record will appear in future.)

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Online ISSN: 1944-7973


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  1. Research Articles

    1. Water demand management in times of drought: What matters for water conservation

      Elena Maggioni

      Accepted manuscript online: 24 NOV 2014 04:18AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016301

      Key Points

      • Analysis of water agency-wide data
      • Comparison of price and nonprice conservation measures
      • Mandates are found effective, water rates and rebates are not
    2. Wavelet-based multiscale performance analysis: An approach to assess and improve hydrological models

      Maheswaran Rathinasamy, Rakesh Khosa, Jan Adamowski, Sudheer ch, Partheepan G, Jatin Anand and Boini Narsimlu

      Accepted manuscript online: 19 NOV 2014 07:46AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014650

      Key Points

      • New wavelet-based performance measure developed
      • New measure more useful than traditional measures
      • New measure can help improve a hydrological model
    3. Regional frequency analysis conditioned on large-scale atmospheric or oceanic fields

      Benjamin Renard and Upmanu Lall

      Accepted manuscript online: 19 NOV 2014 07:45AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016277

      Key Points

      • Conditioning hydrologic variables on spatial fields rather than climate indices
      • Multisite probabilistic prediction of the target hydrologic variable
      • Predictive skill is illustrated with a case study on Mediterranean floods
    4. A conceptual model of people's vulnerability to floods

      Luca Milanesi, Marco Pilotti and Roberto Ranzi

      Accepted manuscript online: 19 NOV 2014 07:45AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016172

      Key Points

      • An improved physically based model of human stability in a flow is proposed
      • Reduction of stability due to sloping terrain and fluid density is accounted
      • The model best matches the available literature experimental data sets
    5. Retrieval of river discharge solely from satellite imagery and at-many-stations hydraulic geometry: Sensitivity to river form and optimization parameters

      Colin J. Gleason, Laurence C. Smith and Jinny Lee

      Accepted manuscript online: 17 NOV 2014 03:36AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016109

      Key Points

      • River discharge retrieved solely from satellite imagery and AMHG in 34 rivers
      • Successful retrieval is strongly linked to channel morphology and form
      • Best practices for reach selection and parameterization are identified
    6. An error analysis of the Budyko hypothesis for assessing the contribution of climate change to runoff

      Hanbo Yang, Dawen Yang and Qingfang Hu

      Accepted manuscript online: 17 NOV 2014 03:34AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015451

      Key Points

      • Error analysis of the first-order Taylor expansion of Budyko hypothesis
      • A new method for assessing hydrologic response to climate variability
    7. Morphodynamics of river-influenced back-barrier tidal basins: The role of landscape and hydrodynamic settings

      Z. Zhou, G. Coco, M. Jiménez, M. Olabarrieta, M. van der Wegen and I. Townend

      Accepted manuscript online: 17 NOV 2014 03:29AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015891

      Key Points

      • Basin morphology is governed by competing the tidal and fluvial forcing
      • Landscape settings are fundamental in governing the evolution of basins
      • Empirical relations are affected by the presence of a large river
    8. Relating relative hydraulic and electrical conductivity in the unsaturated zone

      Chloe Mawer, Rosemary Knight and Peter K. Kitanidis

      Accepted manuscript online: 15 NOV 2014 10:02AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015658

    9. The daily mean zero-flux plane during soil-controlled evaporation: A Green's function approach

      Wilfried Brutsaert

      Accepted manuscript online: 13 NOV 2014 04:28AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016111

      Key Points

      • The zero-flux plane depth remains relatively invariant during this process.
      • Daily mean evaporation from drying soil behaves like a linear diffusion process.
  2. Technical Notes

    1. A modified Holly-Preissmann scheme for simulating sharp concentration fronts in streams with steep velocity gradients using RIV1Q

      Zhao-wei Liu, De-jun Zhu, Yong-can Chen and Zhi-gang Wang

      Accepted manuscript online: 13 NOV 2014 04:27AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015287

      Key Points

      • Holly-Preissmann scheme
      • RIV1Q
      • Streams and rivers
  3. Research Articles

    1. Quantifying stream thermal regimes at multiple scales: Combining thermal infrared imagery and stationary stream temperature data in a novel modeling framework

      Shane J. Vatland, Robert E. Gresswell and Geoffrey C. Poole

      Accepted manuscript online: 13 NOV 2014 04:26AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015588

      Key Points

      • A statistical model using diverse data accurately quantified stream temperature
      • Evaluating stream temperature at fine scales revealed important heterogeneity
      • Temperature data continuous in space and time are critical to guiding monitoring
  4. Commentarys

    1. Modeling and Mitigating Natural Hazards: Stationarity is Immortal!

      Alberto Montanari and Demetris Koutsoyiannis

      Accepted manuscript online: 13 NOV 2014 04:10AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016092

  5. Research Articles

    1. Inverse modeling of geochemical and mechanical compaction in sedimentary basins through Polynomial Chaos Expansion

      G. Porta, L. Tamellini, V. Lever and M. Riva

      Accepted manuscript online: 13 NOV 2014 04:10AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015838

      Key Points

      • An inverse modeling procedure for large-scale basin compaction is established
      • Quality of parameter estimation is improved through Sobol indices analysis
      • Characterization greatly benefits by joint use of porosity and temperature data
    2. Integration of altimetric lake levels and GRACE gravimetry over Africa: Inferences for terrestrial water storage change 2003–2011

      P Moore and S D P Williams

      Accepted manuscript online: 13 NOV 2014 04:10AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015506

      Key Points

      • Terrestrial water change (2003-2010) for Africa from GRACE gravimetric data
      • Gravimetric signatures from change in surface water in lakes
      • Autocorrelation and appropriate stochastic model
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      Sub-second pore scale displacement processes and relaxation dynamics in multiphase flow

      Ryan T. Armstrong, Holger Ott, Apostolos Georgiadis, Alex Schwing, Steffen Berg and Maja Rücker

      Accepted manuscript online: 13 NOV 2014 04:09AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015858

      Key Points

      • Sub-second displacement is studied with fast X-ray micro-computed tomography
      • Fluid front propagates is cascade-like events that are tracked in time and space
      • Image quality of reconstructed data is improved with presented approach
    4. Improved Bayesian Multi-modeling: Integration of Copulas and Bayesian Model Averaging

      Shahrbanou Madadgar and Hamid Moradkhani

      Accepted manuscript online: 13 NOV 2014 04:07AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015965

      Key Points

      • A new technique (Cop-BMA) in multi-modeling of hydrologic predictions
      • Estimation of the actual shape of posterior distributions
      • High forecast skill with sufficient range of uncertainty for predictive PDF
    5. A new method for analysis of variance of the hydraulic and reactive attributes of aquifers as linked to hierarchical and multiscaled sedimentary architecture

      Mohamad Reza Soltanian and Robert W. Ritzi

      Accepted manuscript online: 6 NOV 2014 04:37PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015468

      Key Points

      • Aquifer permeability and sorption are linked to sedimentary architecture
      • A holistic, mutiscale and hierarchical analysis of variance is presented
    6. Soil water storage, rainfall, and runoff relationships in a tropical dry forest catchment

      Kegan K. Farrick and Brian A. Branfireun

      Accepted manuscript online: 6 NOV 2014 04:36PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016045

      Key Points

      • We examined the relative importance of storage versus precipitation thresholds
      • Streamflow activation is controlled by antecedent soil water
      • The depth of rainfall is the most important control on stormflow generation
  6. Technical Notes

    1. A method for characterizing desiccation-induced consolidation and permeability loss of organic soils

      Chelsea L. Arnold and Teamrat A. Ghezzehei

      Accepted manuscript online: 6 NOV 2014 03:29AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015745

      Key Points

      • Soils can deform by capillary stresses that exceed internal soil strength
      • Drying past historical maximum results in irreversible consolidation
      • The resulting permeability loss significantly alters hydrologic cycle
  7. Research Article

    1. Sensitivity of snowpack storage to precipitation and temperature using spatial and temporal analog models

      Charles H. Luce, Viviana Lopez-Burgos and Zachary Holden

      Accepted manuscript online: 4 NOV 2014 07:55AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014844

    2. An integrated modeling framework for exploring flow regime and water quality changes with increasing biofuel crop production in the US Corn Belt

      Mary A. Yaeger, Mashor Housh, Ximing Cai and Murugesu Sivapalan

      Accepted manuscript online: 4 NOV 2014 07:55AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015700

  8. Research Articles

    1. Model selection on solid ground: Rigorous comparison of nine ways to evaluate Bayesian model evidence

      Anneli Schöniger, Thomas Wöhling, Luis Samaniego and Wolfgang Nowak

      Accepted manuscript online: 4 NOV 2014 07:25AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016062

      Key Points

      • The choice of BME evaluation method influences the outcome of model ranking
      • Out of the ICs, the KIC@MAP is the most consistent one
      • For reliable model selection, there is still no alternative to numerical methods
  9. Research Article

    1. Functional approach to exploring climatic and landscape controls of runoff generation: 1. Behavioral constraints on runoff volume

      Hong-Yi Li, Murugesu Sivapalan, Fuqiang Tian and Ciaran Harman

      Accepted manuscript online: 4 NOV 2014 07:22AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016307

    2. Functional approach to exploring climatic and landscape controls on runoff generation: 2. Timing of runoff storm response

      Hong-Yi Li and Murugesu Sivapalan

      Accepted manuscript online: 4 NOV 2014 07:17AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016308

    3. Heterogeneity-Enhanced Gas Phase Formation in Shallow Aquifers During Leakage of CO2-Saturated Water from Geologic Sequestration Sites

      Michael Plampin, Rune Lassen, Toshihiro Sakaki, Mark Porter, Rajesh Pawar, Karsten H. Jensen and Tissa Illangasekare

      Accepted manuscript online: 4 NOV 2014 07:17AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015715

    4. Technological change in irrigated agriculture in a semi-arid region of Spain

      Jean-Marc Philip, Julio Sánchez-Chóliz and Cristina Sarasa

      Accepted manuscript online: 4 NOV 2014 07:15AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015728

  10. Research Articles

    1. Heat and mass transport during a groundwater replenishment trial in a highly heterogeneous aquifer

      Simone Seibert, Henning Prommer, Adam Siade, Brett Harris, Mike Trefry and Michael Martin

      Accepted manuscript online: 31 OCT 2014 03:33AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR015219

      Key Points

      • Joint inversion of solute concentrations and temperature data and logs
      • Heat transport simulation in highly heterogeneous aquifer
      • Elucidated role of heat conduction between sedimentary layers
    2. Channeling, channel density and mass recovery in aquifer transport, with application to the MADE experiment

      A. Fiori

      Accepted manuscript online: 31 OCT 2014 03:28AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015950

      Key Points

      • A novel quantity denotes as channel density
      • Channel density generally differs from the longitudinal mass distribution
      • Fast channels carry a significant fraction of mass
    3. Root zone salinity and sodicity under seasonal rainfall due to feedback of decreasing hydraulic conductivity

      S.E.A.T.M. van der Zee, S.H.H. Shah and R.W. Vervoort

      Accepted manuscript online: 31 OCT 2014 03:27AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR015208

      Key Points

      • The rate of change of ESP is slower than for C
      • For seasonal climates and full FB, the long-term ESP becomes smaller
      • For Poisson climate and elevated ESP, the reduction of Ks is insignificant
    4. The influence of spatially variable stream hydraulics on reach scale solute transport modeling

      Noah M. Schmadel, Bethany T. Neilson, Justin E. Heavilin, David K. Stevens and Anders Wörman

      Accepted manuscript online: 30 OCT 2014 04:12AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015440

      Key Points

      • Stream hydraulics are estimated spatially from imagery
      • Changes in model predictions began to diminish at scales of spatial correlation
      • Moment solutions provide a measure to determine appropriate reach scales
    5. On consumers’ attitudes and willingness to pay for improved drinking water quality and infrastructure

      Eftila Tanellari, Darrell Bosch, Kevin Boyle and Elton Mykerezi

      Accepted manuscript online: 30 OCT 2014 04:09AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014934

      Key Points

      • Consumers support improvements in public water infrastructure
      • Informational campaigns can increase acceptance of improvement programs
      • Consumer experiences positively affect their willingness to pay
    6. Incorporating spatial dependence in regional frequency analysis

      Zhuo Wang, Jun Yan and Xuebin Zhang

      Accepted manuscript online: 30 OCT 2014 04:07AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014849

      Key Points

      • Exploiting spatial dependence improves the efficiency of RFA
      • Larger gain in efficiency is possible when the spatial dependence is stronger
      • Estimation could be biased if the dependence model is severely misspecified

  12. Research Articles

    1. Impact of biofilm-induced heterogeneities on solute transport in porous media

      T. Kone, F. Golfier, L. Orgogozo, C. Oltéan, E. Lefèvre, J.C. Block and M.A. Buès

      Accepted manuscript online: 28 OCT 2014 02:01AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR015213

      Key Points

      • Biofilm thickness was characterized by tracer experiments with Blue Dextran
      • Biofilm growth induces heterogeneities influencing transport in porous media
      • An experimental correlation was found between porosity and dispersivity
    2. Comparison of passive microwave and modeled estimates of total watershed SWE in the continental United States

      Carrie M. Vuyovich, Jennifer M. Jacobs and Steven F. Daly

      Accepted manuscript online: 27 OCT 2014 11:09AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014734

      Key Points

      • Best comparisons occur in regions with less than 20% forest and 200 mm SWE.
      • The timing of accumulation and ablation agrees even in basins with deep snow
      • Passive microwave algorithm differences may account for dissimilar results
    3. Ecogeomorphic feedbacks and flood loss of riparian tree seedlings in meandering channel experiments

      Li Kui, John Stella, Anne Lightbody and Andrew C. Wilcox

      Accepted manuscript online: 27 OCT 2014 11:09AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015719

      Key Points

      • 1.Riparian plant structure and density influence local sedimentation pattern
      • 2.Flood-induced plant loss is mediated by hydraulic conditions and plant traits
      • 3.Ecogeomorphic feedbacks begin at an early stage of ecosystem development
    4. Pore-scale study of dissolution-induced changes in hydrologic properties of rocks with binary minerals

      Li Chen, Qinjun Kang, Hari S. Viswanathan and Wen-Quan Tao

      Accepted manuscript online: 27 OCT 2014 03:53AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015646

      Key Points

      • A pore-scale model for reactive transport based on the Lattice Boltzmann method
      • Dissolution-induced changes in hydrologic properties of porous media are studied
      • Effects of undissolved minerals are emphasized
    5. Empirical assessment of theory for bankfull characteristics of alluvial channels

      S. M. Trampush, S. Huzurbazar and B. McElroy

      Accepted manuscript online: 27 OCT 2014 03:46AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015597

      Key Points

      • Bankfull shear stress varies continuously with grain size across transport mode
      • An empirical relation for depth, slope, and grain size is used as closure
      • This framework applies to modern and ancient alluvial rivers on Earth
    6. The influence of geomorphology on large wood dynamics in a low-gradient headwater stream

      Simon J. Dixon and David. A. Sear

      Accepted manuscript online: 27 OCT 2014 03:26AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015947

      Key Points

      • Wood is found to be highly mobile in lowland forest streams
      • Wood is shown to cycle through logjams as it moves down the channel network
      • Length of wood relative to channel width is a partial control on mobility
    7. Regional patterns of interannual variability of catchment water balances across the continental U.S.: A Budyko framework

      Alejandra M. Carmona, Murugesu Sivapalan, Mary A. Yaeger and Germán Poveda

      Accepted manuscript online: 27 OCT 2014 03:21AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016013

      Key Points

      • Regional patterns of interannual water balance variability are explored
      • We introduce a dimensionless formulation based on water versus energy competition
      • Results confirmed the presence of space-time symmetry of annual water balances
    8. Subsurface lateral preferential flow network revealed by time-lapse ground-penetrating radar in a hillslope

      Li Guo, Jin Chen and Henry Lin

      Accepted manuscript online: 27 OCT 2014 02:33AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014603

      Key Points

      • Subsurface preferential flow was noninvasively mapped by time-lapse GPR
      • Standardized radargram differences pinpointed the preferential flow location
      • Soil water monitoring confirmed the locations of lateral preferential flow
    9. CO2 wettability of seal and reservoir rocks and the implications for carbon geosequestration

      Stefan Iglauer, C.H. Pentland and A. Busch

      Accepted manuscript online: 25 OCT 2014 03:45AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015553

      Key Points

      • Summary of state-of-the-art of CO2 wettability of seal and storage rock
      • CO2 wettability of rocks
      • Impact on residual and structural trapping capacity
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  16. Research Articles

    1. Simultaneous measurement of unfrozen water content and ice content in frozen soil using Gamma ray attenuation and TDR

      Xiaohai Zhou, Jian Zhou, Wolfgang Kinzelbach and Fritz Stauffer

      Accepted manuscript online: 16 OCT 2014 04:13AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015640

      Key Points

      • Unfrozen water and ice are measured in frozen soil
      • Unfrozen water content is independent of total water content
    2. A two stage Bayesian stochastic optimization model for cascaded hydropower systems considering varying uncertainty of flow forecasts

      Wei Xu, Chi Zhang, Yong Peng, Guangtao Fu and Huicheng Zhou

      Accepted manuscript online: 7 OCT 2014 09:32AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR015181

      Key Points

      • Two stage BSDP is developed
      • Considering varying levels of forecast uncertainty improves performance
      • Benefit reduction from use of longer inflow forecasts is mitigated
    3. Falling head ponded infiltration in the nonlinear limit

      D. Triadis

      Accepted manuscript online: 19 SEP 2014 03:00AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015787

      Key Points

      • New solutions are derived for infiltration under depleted ponded surface water
      • Errors in using Philip's popular Green-Ampt solution are quantified
      • A mathematically simple "converse" to the Green-Ampt solution is presented
    4. Climate change, water rights, and water supply: The case of irrigated agriculture in Idaho

      Wenchao Xu, Scott E. Lowe and Richard M. Adams

      Accepted manuscript online: 27 FEB 2014 05:57AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014696

      Key Points

      • Farmers' responses to water supply changes depend on their water right priority
      • Climate change variations can cause substantial damages to irrigated agriculture
      • Major losses (up to 32%) are projected under future climate scenarios in Idaho


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