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https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2020-228
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2020-228

  04 Jan 2021

04 Jan 2021

Review status: a revised version of this preprint was accepted for the journal ESSD and is expected to appear here in due course.

CAMELS-AUS: Hydrometeorological time series and landscape attributes for 222 catchments in Australia

Keirnan J. A. Fowler1, Suwash Chandra Acharya1, Nans Addor2, Chihchung Chou1,a, and Murray C. Peel1 Keirnan J. A. Fowler et al.
  • 1Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  • 2Department of Geography, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
  • anow at: Department of Earth Sciences, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Barcelona, Spain

Abstract. This paper presents the Australian edition of the Catchment Attributes and Meteorology for Large-sample Studies (CAMELS) series of datasets. CAMELS-AUS comprises data for 222 unregulated catchments, combining hydrometeorological timeseries (streamflow and 18 climatic variables) with 134 attributes related to geology, soil, topography, land cover, anthropogenic influence, and hydroclimatology. The CAMELS-AUS catchments have been monitored for decades (more than 85 % have streamflow records longer than 40 years) and are relatively free of large scale changes, such as significant changes in landuse. Rating curve uncertainty estimates are provided for most (75 %) of the catchments and multiple atmospheric datasets are included, offering insights into forcing uncertainty. This dataset, the first of its kind in Australia, allows users globally to freely access catchment data drawn from Australia's unique hydroclimatology, particularly notable for its large interannual variability. Combined with arid catchment data from the CAMELS datasets for the USA and Chile, CAMELS-AUS constitutes an unprecedented resource for the study of arid-zone hydrology. CAMELS-AUS is freely downloadable from https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.921850 (Fowler et al., 2020a).

Keirnan J. A. Fowler et al.

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Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Excellent paper - extremely useful work', Anonymous Referee #1, 04 Mar 2021
  • CC1: 'Definition of a day', Jan Seibert, 10 Apr 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on essd-2020-228', Anonymous Referee #2, 26 Apr 2021
  • AC1: 'Author comment on essd-2020-228', Keirnan Fowler, 24 May 2021

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Excellent paper - extremely useful work', Anonymous Referee #1, 04 Mar 2021
  • CC1: 'Definition of a day', Jan Seibert, 10 Apr 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on essd-2020-228', Anonymous Referee #2, 26 Apr 2021
  • AC1: 'Author comment on essd-2020-228', Keirnan Fowler, 24 May 2021

Keirnan J. A. Fowler et al.

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CAMELS-AUS v1: Hydrometeorological time series and landscape attributes for 222 catchments in Australia Fowler, Keirnan, Acharya, Suwash Chandra, Addor, Nans, Chou, Chihchung, and Peel, Murray https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.921850

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This paper presents the Australian edition of the Catchment Attributes and Meteorology for Large-sample Studies (CAMELS) series of datasets. CAMELS-AUS comprises data for 222 unregulated catchments with long term monitoring, combining hydrometeorological timeseries (streamflow and 18 climatic variables) with 134 attributes related to geology, soil, topography, land cover, anthropogenic influence, and hydroclimatology. It is freely downloadable from https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.921850.