Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich, Universitätstrasse 16, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
Received: 21 Jul 2016 – Discussion started: 24 Oct 2016
Abstract. This paper presents an update of a basin-scale diagnostic dataset of monthly variations in terrestrial water storage for large river basins worldwide (BSWB v2016, doi:10.5905/ethz-1007-82). Terrestrial water storage comprises all forms of water storage on land surfaces, and its seasonal and inter-annual variations are mostly determined by soil moisture, groundwater, snow cover, and surface water. The dataset presented is derived using a combined atmospheric and terrestrial water-balance approach with conventional streamflow measurements and reanalysis data of atmospheric moisture flux convergence. It extends a previous, existing version of the dataset (Mueller et al., 2011) temporally and spatially.
Revised: 24 Feb 2017 – Accepted: 28 Feb 2017 – Published: 30 Mar 2017
Hirschi, M. and Seneviratne, S. I.: Basin-scale water-balance dataset (BSWB): an update, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9, 251-258, doi:10.5194/essd-9-251-2017, 2017.