Articles | Volume 379
Pre-conference publication
05 Jun 2018
Pre-conference publication |  | 05 Jun 2018

Impacts of the thawing-freezing process on runoff generation in the Sources Area of the Yellow River on the northeastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Xiaoling Wu, Xiaohua Xiang, Chao Qiu, and Li Li

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Short summary
In cold regions the mechanisms of runoff generation have not yet been fully understood. In this study, a water-heat coupling model for snow cover and its underlying soil layers was established. Results show that the soil water storage played an important role in spring runoff generation. In winter, thick snow cover, soil temperature, heavy evaporation ability and increased of air temperature further decreased soil water content. Without enough water supplies, river runoff decreased in winter.