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Recent advances and future perspectives of the Budyko water balance framework
Convener: Wouter Berghuijs  | Co-Conveners: Peter Greve , Maik Renner , Miriam Coenders-Gerrits , Ype van der Velde , Stan Schymanski , Zhentao Cong 
 / Attendance Mon, 13 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Understanding the land water balance is of major importance for assessing a regions freshwater resources, climate system, and ecosystem functioning. The Budyko framework is a widely used representation of the land water balance, describing the mean-annual partitioning of precipitation into streamflow and evaporation, as a function of the ratio of the atmospheric water source (precipitation) to water demand (potential evaporation). The last two decades have seen a revival of the Budyko Framework with a wealth of new developments of the framework. This session seeks for new perspectives, insights and methodologies that broaden the understanding and applications of the Budyko framework, including, but not limited to:

- process-based understanding of the role of local conditions play in modifying the interaction of the energy and water balance,

- understanding of the interaction and co-evolution of climate, soils, vegetation and water,

- methods to assess climate change and anthropogenic impact on the land water balance,

- novel approaches addressing currently unaddressed issues, thereby broadening the application of the framework, and

- insights from related studies that can improve understanding of the Budyko framework.