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.)

Impact Factor: 3.709

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 1/20 (Limnology); 3/79 (Water Resources); 25/215 (Environmental Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1944-7973


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  1. Research Articles

    1. Estimating porosity and solid dielectric permittivity in the Miami limestone using high-frequency ground penetrating radar (GPR) measurements at the laboratory scale

      Gregory J. Mount and Xavier Comas

      Accepted manuscript online: 30 AUG 2014 04:30AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014947

      Key Points

      • GPR and petrophysical modeling allows estimation of porosity at centimeter scale
      • GPR measures allow estimation of solid phase dielectric permittivity
      • Multiscale approach necessary for estimating porosity in limestone
    2. Analytical solutions for stream-aquifer flow exchange under varying head asymmetry and river penetration: Comparison to numerical solutions and use in regional groundwater models

      Cinzia Miracapillo and Hubert J. Morel-Seytoux

      Accepted manuscript online: 30 AUG 2014 04:28AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015456

      Key Points

      • Means to quantify accurately a stream-aquifer interaction
      • A means to choose a grid size to be sufficiently accurate
      • Combines effectively analytical with numerical procedures
    3. Joint numerical microscale simulations of multiphase flow and NMR relaxation behavior in porous media using lattice Boltzmann methods

      O. Mohnke, M. Stiebler and N. Klitzsch

      Accepted manuscript online: 30 AUG 2014 02:37AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014684

      Key Points

      • Establishing a numerical experimental frame to simulate NMR and two-phase flow
      • Implementing NMR diffusion equation in LBM
      • Simulate natural complex pore systems
    4. Water-saving impacts of Smart Meter technology: An empirical 5 year, whole-of-community study in Sydney, Australia

      Kirsten Davies, Corinna Doolan, Robin van den Honert and Rose Shi

      Accepted manuscript online: 30 AUG 2014 02:36AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015812

      Key Points

      • Trial participants used 6.4% less water per month; control group consumed more
      • The reduction in water consumption was maintained over time
      • Long-term behavioral change motivated through Smart Metering
    5. Hydrometric transit times along transects on a steep hillslope

      Sanghyun Kim

      Accepted manuscript online: 30 AUG 2014 02:33AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014746

      Key Points

      • This paper proposes the hydrometric transit time
      • Both matrix flow and bypass flow are used to estimate soil water transit time
      • Spatial and seasonal PDFs of transit time are presented along a hillslope
    6. Quantifying storage changes in regional Great Lakes watersheds using a coupled subsurface: Land surface process model and GRACE, MODIS products

      Jie Niu, Chaopeng Shen, Shu-Guang Li and Mantha S. Phanikumar

      Accepted manuscript online: 28 AUG 2014 05:16AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015589

      Key Points

      • Quantified water budgets and storage changes in two Great Lakes watersheds
      • Storage increased in both watersheds over a 10 year period (2002–2012)
      • Application of a process-based watershed model to regional watersheds
    7. Microbial dispersal in unsaturated porous media: Characteristics of motile bacterial cell motions in unsaturated angular pore networks

      Ali N. Ebrahimi and Dani Or

      Accepted manuscript online: 28 AUG 2014 04:01AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015897

      Key Points

      • Evaluation of pore space geometry effects on microbial dispersal
      • Studying the role of chemotactic motion versus random walk
      • Quantification of the role of aqueous phase fragmentation on microbial dispersal
    8. Large lakes as sources and sinks of anthropogenic heat—Capacities and limits

      Gabriel Fink, Martin Schmid and Alfred Wüest

      Accepted manuscript online: 28 AUG 2014 03:48AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015509

      Key Points

      • Heat use is simulated at a large temperate lake with a k-epsilon model
      • Regional impact of heat use on water temperature is minimal
      • climate-induced effects overtop heat use
    9. Beyond optimality: Multistakeholder robustness trade-offs for regional water portfolio planning under deep uncertainty

      Jonathan D. Herman, Harrison B. Zeff, Patrick M. Reed and Gregory W. Characklis

      Accepted manuscript online: 23 AUG 2014 02:48AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015338

      Key Points

      • We advance many-objective robust decision making for multiple stakeholders
      • Stakeholders' robustness exhibits dependencies, vulnerabilities, and trade-offs
      • A modest reduction in demand growth rate insulates against future uncertainty
    10. An intercomparison of statistical downscaling methods used for water resource assessments in the United States

      Ethan Gutmann, Tom Pruitt, Martyn P. Clark, Levi Brekke, Jeffrey R. Arnold, David A. Raff and Roy M. Rasmussen

      Accepted manuscript online: 23 AUG 2014 02:32AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015559

      Key Points

      • The fidelity of four common downscaling methods is assessed in current climate
      • Some methods have problems with wet days, wet/dry spells, and extreme events
      • Most methods have problems with spatial scaling and interannual variability
    11. Toward efficiency in heterogeneous multispecies reactive transport modeling: A particle-tracking solution for first-order network reactions

      Christopher V. Henri and Daniel Fernández-Garcia

      Accepted manuscript online: 22 AUG 2014 03:16AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014956

      Key Points

      • Network reactions are efficiently modeled and fully coupled with particle motion
      • Analytical solutions are given for the transport simulation of serial reactions
      • Tailing effect due to flow heterogeneity is mitigated in case of decaying solute
    12. Quantitative characterization of stream turbidity-discharge behavior using event loop shape modeling and power law parameter decorrelation

      Amanda L. Mather and Richard L. Johnson

      Accepted manuscript online: 21 AUG 2014 10:51PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015417

      Key Points

      • Turbidity data form hysteretic loops with discharge during hydrologic events
      • Diverse loop shapes can be characterized using a single power law-based model
      • Parameter decorrelation improves power law model coefficient interpretation
    13. Optimizing the scale of markets for water quality trading

      Martin W. Doyle, Lauren Patterson, Yanyou Chen, Kurt Schnier and Andrew J. Yates

      Accepted manuscript online: 21 AUG 2014 10:37PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015395

      Key Points

      • Allowing trading reduces the total costs of complying with the Clean Water Act
    14. Robust changes and sources of uncertainty in the projected hydrological regimes of Swiss catchments

      Nans Addor, Ole Rössler, Nina Köplin, Matthias Huss, Rolf Weingartner and Jan Seibert

      Accepted manuscript online: 21 AUG 2014 10:33PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015549

      Key Points

      • Uncertainties in discharge projections assessed using a wide simulation range
      • Robust changes emerged in each catchment despite projection uncertainties
      • Emission policy enabled significant reductions of the projected impacts
    15. A blue/green water-based accounting framework for assessment of water security

      Dulce B. B. Rodrigues, Hoshin V. Gupta and Eduardo M. Mendiondo

      Accepted manuscript online: 20 AUG 2014 10:15AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014274

      Key Points

      • The framework indentifies threats to human and aquatic ecosystem water security
      • Integration of hydrologic, ecosystem, and human information on a monthly basis
      • Results reveal spatiotemporal patterns of water scarcity and vulnerability
    16. A significant nexus: Geographically isolated wetlands influence landscape hydrology

      Daniel L. McLaughlin, David A. Kaplan and Matthew J. Cohen

      Accepted manuscript online: 19 AUG 2014 04:55AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR015002

      Key Points

      • GIWs act as hydrologic sinks and sources in response to climate
      • GIWs effects on regional water table and base flow were modeled
      • GIWs buffer surficial aquifer variation, impacting stream base flow
  2. Data and Analysis Notes

    1. The WFDEI meteorological forcing data set: WATCH Forcing Data methodology applied to ERA-Interim reanalysis data

      Graham P. Weedon, Gianpaolo Balsamo, Nicolas Bellouin, Sandra Gomes, Martin J. Best and Pedro Viterbo

      Accepted manuscript online: 19 AUG 2014 04:49AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015638

      Key Points

      • Global 3 hourly meteorological forcing data at half degree spatial resolution
      • Covers 1979-2012
      • Improvements compared to the WATCH Forcing Data
  3. Research Articles

    1. Trends in water balance components across the Brazilian Cerrado

      Paulo Tarso S. Oliveira, Mark A. Nearing, M. Susan Moran, David C. Goodrich, Edson Wendland and Hoshin V. Gupta

      Accepted manuscript online: 19 AUG 2014 04:39AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR015202

      Key Points

      • Water budget for the Brazilian Cerrado was evaluated
      • Trends were assessed from remote sensing data and in observed discharge
      • Uncertainties were computed from in situ data
    2. Mathematical analysis of the Saint-Venant-Hirano model for mixed-sediment morphodynamics

      G. Stecca, A. Siviglia and A. Blom

      Accepted manuscript online: 19 AUG 2014 04:30AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015251

      Key Points

      • We provide a detailed mathematical analysis of the Saint-Venant-Hirano model
      • Imbalances of grain size distribution induce complex bed perturbation patterns
      • The developed formulation is easily amenable to numerical treatment
    3. Estimation of the distribution of annual runoff from climatic variables using copulas

      Lihua Xiong, Kun-xia Yu and Lars Gottschalk

      Accepted manuscript online: 19 AUG 2014 04:26AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR015159

      Key Points

      • The approach of deriving annual runoff distributions using copulas is proposed
      • The annual runoff distributions derived from the approach perform well
      • The approach can also be used in ungauged watersheds
    4. Potential groundwater age tracer found: Halon-1301 (CF3Br), as previously identified as CFC-13 (CF3Cl)

      Monique Beyer, Rob van der Raaij, Uwe Morgenstern and Bethanna Jackson

      Accepted manuscript online: 18 AUG 2014 03:32AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015818

      Key Points

      • Halon 1301 is easily determinable in 1 L water samples
      • Halon 1301 possesses important key properties for application as tracer
      • We advise further assessment of its applicability and reliability as an age tracer
  4. Letter to the Editor

    1. Reply

      H. A. Basha

      Accepted manuscript online: 14 AUG 2014 08:51AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016193


    1. Comment on “Traveling wave solution of the Boussinesq equation for groundwater flow in horizontal aquifers” by H.A. Basha (pages 1668-1679)

      Jeffrey Olsen, Jeff Mortensen and Aleksey S. Telyakovskiy

      Accepted manuscript online: 13 AUG 2014 07:48AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016074

  6. Research Articles

    1. A new selection metric for multiobjective hydrologic model calibration

      Masoud Asadzadeh, Bryan Tolson and Donald H. Burn

      Accepted manuscript online: 13 AUG 2014 02:55AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014970

      Key Points

      • Convex Hull Contribution is developed for multiobjective model calibration
      • Pareto front of MO model calibrations can be precisely estimated by convex curve
      • CHC improves PADDS performance for MO hydrologic model calibration problems
    2. Blind source separation for groundwater pressure analysis based on nonnegative matrix factorization

      Boian S. Alexandrov and Velimir V. Vesselinov

      Accepted manuscript online: 11 AUG 2014 06:11AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR015037

      Key Points

      • Transient data by itself can reveal the physical sources causing the transients
      • Inverse methods can identify the sources of the transients
      • Blind source separation based on nonnegative matrix factorization is applied
  7. Opinion Articless

    1. Water resources management in a homogenizing world: Averting the growth and underinvestment trajectory

      Ali Mirchi, David W Watkins Jr., Casey J Huckins, Kaveh Madani and Peder Hjorth

      Accepted manuscript online: 11 AUG 2014 06:07AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR015128

      Key Points

      • Growth and Underinvestment (G&U) system archetype characterizes unsustainability
      • Biotic homogenization driven by water resources development exemplifies G&U
      • Policy levers are identified to avoid the G&U trajectory
  8. Replys


    1. Comment to “Simple consistent models for water retention and hydraulic conductivity in the complete moisture range” by A. Peters

      Sascha C. Iden and Wolfgang Durner

      Accepted manuscript online: 8 AUG 2014 11:37AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015937

  10. Research Articles

    1. Flood forecasting for the Mekong with data-based models

      Khurram M. Shahzad and Erich J. Plate

      Accepted manuscript online: 7 AUG 2014 03:08AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR015072

      Key Points

      • Good results of forecasting are obtained for up to 3 days for river Mekong
      • Flood forecast errors can be minimized by multiple regression of two models
      • Topographic and climate conditions yield a parsimonious rainfall-runoff model
    2. Mapping variability of soil water content and flux across 1–1000 m scales using the actively heated fiber optic method

      Chadi Sayde, Javier Benitez Buelga, Leonor Rodriguez-Sinobas, Laureine El Khoury, Marshall English, Nick van de Giesen and John S. Selker

      Accepted manuscript online: 7 AUG 2014 03:08AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014983

      Key Points

      • AHFO method can capture a complex spatial pattern of soil water content and flux
      • Soil moisture is measured with high temporal (>1 h) and spatial (>1 m) resolution
      • The calibration of the AHFO method remains challenging
    3. Assessing the impacts of reservoir operation to floodplain inundation by combining hydrological, reservoir management, and hydrodynamic models

      Cherry May Mateo, Naota Hanasaki, Daisuke Komori, Kenji Tanaka, Masashi Kiguchi, Adisorn Champathong, Thada Sukhapunnaphan, Dai Yamazaki and Taikan Oki

      Accepted manuscript online: 7 AUG 2014 01:56AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014845

      Key Points

      • Modeling dam operation with hydrodynamics improved simulation of Thai flood
      • Impacts of dam operation to flood inundation were explicitly evaluated
      • Reservoir operation in 2011 reduced flood volumes but it can still be improved
    4. Capillary pinning and blunting of immiscible gravity currents in porous media

      Benzhong Zhao, Christopher W. MacMinn, Herbert E. Huppert and Ruben Juanes

      Accepted manuscript online: 5 AUG 2014 03:08AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015335

      Key Points

      • We study experimentally the impact of capillarity on a buoyant gravity current
      • We show that capillary pressure hysteresis can stop migration of the current
      • Capillary pinning can be an effective trapping mechanism in CO2 sequestration
    5. 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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