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CR 85:159-176 (2021)  -  DOI:

Climate change impact assessment on low streamflows using cross-entropy methods

Zahra Sheikh1, Alireza Moghaddam Nia2,*, Dawei Han3

1Department of Combat Desertification, Faculty of Desert Studies, Semnan University, Semnan 9861413615, Iran
2Department of Rehabilitation of Arid and Mountainous Regions, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj 3158777871, Iran
3Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TR, UK
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ABSTRACT: Climate change impacts on low streamflows provide a comprehensive picture of the state of surface and groundwater resources, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions. The objective of this study was to assess climate change impacts on low streamflow variations by detecting long-term spatio-temporal changes in climatic variables of rainfall and temperature, and their associations with low streamflow fluctuations. Seasonal variations in low streamflows (summer and winter) were examined at 18 hydrometric stations located in the Namak Lake basin, Iran, over 1970-2015, using the modified Mann-Kendall and Sen’s slope estimator methods. Seasonal low streamflow demonstrated a significant diminishing trend (more than 55% of the stations), while summer low streamflow showed a more drastic decreasing trend. Long-term changes in seasonal and annual rainfall/temperature also revealed a dominant decreasing trend in winter and spring rainfall (82% and 58% of all stations, respectively) and a dominant increasing trend in all temperature time scales (90% of all stations). The effects of climate variations on low streamflow were quantified by the Spearman’s rank correlation and Cross-SampEn methods. The results revealed that winter rainfall, and annual and summer temperatures have the strongest association with seasonal low streamflows, especially according to the entropy method. Although the relationships between low streamflows and temperature/rainfall are related to the different processes generating streamflows, particularly in heterogeneous locations, the results show that rainfall has a stronger influence on low streamflows in the study region than temperature does. The research findings indicate low streamflows are more nonlinearly related to climatic parameters, and Cross-SampEn robustness reflects degree of asynchrony for complex and non-stationary time series.

KEY WORDS: Climate change · Seasonal low streamflows · Association · Cross-SampEn · Namak Lake basin

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Cite this article as: Sheikh Z, Moghaddam Nia A, Han D (2021) Climate change impact assessment on low streamflows using cross-entropy methods. Clim Res 85:159-176.

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