Articles | Volume 13, issue 12
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-3337-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-3337-2019
Research article
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18 Dec 2019
Research article |  | 18 Dec 2019

Changing characteristics of runoff and freshwater export from watersheds draining northern Alaska

Michael A. Rawlins, Lei Cai, Svetlana L. Stuefer, and Dmitry Nicolsky

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We investigate the changing character of runoff, river discharge and other hydrological elements across watershed draining the North Slope of Alaska over the period 1981–2010. Our synthesis of observations and modeling reveals significant increases in the proportion of subsurface runoff and cold season discharge. These and other changes we describe are consistent with warming and thawing permafrost, and have implications for water, carbon and nutrient cycling in coastal environments.