Title

Hydro-climatological Changes in the Colorado River Basin Over a Century

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Publication Title

Hydrological Sciences Journal

Volume

62

Issue

14

First page number:

2280

Last page number:

2296

Abstract

This study evaluates changes in streamflow, temperature and precipitation over a time span of 105 years (1906–2010) in the Colorado River Basin (CRB). Monthly precipitation and temperature data for 29 climate divisions, and streamflow data for 29 naturalized gauges were analyzed. Two variations of the Mann-Kendall test, considering lag-1 auto correlation and long-term persistence, and the Pettitt test were employed to assess trends and shifts, respectively. Results indicated that streamflow increased during the winter–spring months and decreased during the summer– autumn period. Decreasing trends in winter precipitation were identified over snow-dominated regions in the upper basin. Significant increases in temperature were detected over several months. Major shifts were noticed in 1964, 1968 and in the late 1920s. Increasing temperature while decreasing streamflow and precipitation were noticed after major shifts in the 1930s, and these shifts coincided with coupled phases of El Niño Southern Oscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation. EDITOR A. Castellarin; ASSOCIATE EDITOR R. Hirsch. © 2017 IAHS.

Disciplines

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Language

english

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