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Yangtze 1/f discharge variability and the interacting river-lake system

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Wang, G., Jiang, T., Blender, R., & Fraedrich, K. (2008). Yangtze 1/f discharge variability and the interacting river-lake system. JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY, 351(1-2), 230-237. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2007.12.016.

The intra-annual variability of the daily Yangtze discharge is analysed at the stations Cuntan and Yichang located in the upper reaches, and at Datong in the lower reach. The intra-annual power spectra at Cuntan and Yichang follow S(f) similar to 1/f within time scales from one week to one year. Since precipitation in this region follows a white spectrum (S = const), the origin of 1/f-noise is possibly related to a broad distribution of time scales in the subsurface flow. The non-stationarity related to the 1/f-spectra complicates the application of statistical forecast methods. The spectrum at Datong is considerably steeper, f(-3.5) Up to two months. This variability is explained by storage and delayed release in the extended take system connected to the Yangtze. A simple low pass filter suggests that the flow at this station responds to the input in Yichang with a time scale of eight days. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.