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A taxonomy of hydrological processes and watershed function
  • Hilary McMillan
Hilary McMillan
San Diego State University

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This paper presents a taxonomy (hierarchical organization) of hydrological processes; specifically, runoff generation processes in natural watersheds. Over 120 process names were extracted from a literature review of papers describing experimental watersheds, perceptual models, and runoff processes in a range of hydro-climatic environments. Processes were arranged into a hierarchical structure, and presented as a spreadsheet and interactive diagram. For each process, additional information was provided: a list of alternative names for the same process, a classification into hydrological function (e.g. partitioning, flux, storage, release) and a unique identifier similar to a hashtag. The taxonomy provides a method to label and search hydrological knowledge, thereby facilitating synthesis and comparison of processes across watersheds.
13 Sep 2021Submitted to Hydrological Processes
14 Sep 2021Submission Checks Completed
14 Sep 2021Assigned to Editor
14 Sep 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
25 Oct 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
26 Oct 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Major
12 Jan 20221st Revision Received
13 Jan 2022Submission Checks Completed
13 Jan 2022Assigned to Editor
13 Jan 2022Reviewer(s) Assigned
16 Feb 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
25 Feb 2022Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
25 Feb 20222nd Revision Received
26 Feb 2022Assigned to Editor
26 Feb 2022Submission Checks Completed
26 Feb 2022Reviewer(s) Assigned
26 Feb 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
28 Feb 2022Editorial Decision: Accept
Mar 2022Published in Hydrological Processes volume 36 issue 3. 10.1002/hyp.14537