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Hydrology and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
doi:10.5194/hess-2016-241
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13 Jun 2016
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Dynamics of green and blue water flows and their controlling factors in Heihe River basin of northwestern China
Kaisheng Luo1,2 and Fulu Tao1 1Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
2University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100101, China
Abstract. Climate variation will affect hydrological cycle, as well as the availability of water resources. In spite of large progresses have been made in the dynamics of hydrological cycle variables, the dynamics and drivers of blue water flow, green water flow and total flow (three flows), as well as the proportion of green water (GWC), in the past and future at county scale, were scarcely investigated. In this study, taking the Heihe River basin in China as an example, we investigated the dynamics of green and blue water flows and their controlling factors during 1980–2009 using five statistical approaches and the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT). We found that there were large variations in the dynamics of green and blue water flows during 1980–2009 at the county scale. Three flows in all counties showed an increasing trend except Jiayuguan and Jianta county. The GWC showed a downward trend in the Qilian, Suzhou, Shandan, Linze and Gaotai counties, but an upward trend in the Mingle, Sunan, Jinta, Jiayuguan, Ganzhou and Ejilaqi counties. In all the counties, the three flows and GWC had strong persistent trends in the future, which are mainly ascribed to rainfall variation. In the Qilian and Shandan counties, rainfall was the major controlling factor for the three flows and GWC. Rainfall controlled the green water and total flows in the Mingle, Linze and Gaotai counties; green water flow and GWC in the Suzhou county; green water flow, total flow and GWC in the Jinta and Ejilaqi counties. Our results also showed that the "Heihe River basin allocation project" had significant influences on the abrupt changes of the flows above-mentioned. Our results illustrate the status of the water resources at county scale, providing a reference for water resources management of inland river basins.

Citation: Luo, K. and Tao, F.: Dynamics of green and blue water flows and their controlling factors in Heihe River basin of northwestern China, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., doi:10.5194/hess-2016-241, 2016.
Kaisheng Luo and Fulu Tao
Kaisheng Luo and Fulu Tao

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This study, taking the Heihe River basin in China as an example, investigated the dynamics of green and blue water flows and their controlling factors during 1980–2009 using five statistical approaches and the SWAT model at the county-level. This study can improve the understanding of human and provide valuable guidance for water resources management for the decision makers. Furthermore, this study provides the reference for further studies at the county scale in similar regions.
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