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https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-629
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2024-629
07 Mar 2024
 | 07 Mar 2024
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Comment on “Are soils overrated in hydrology?” by Gao et al. (2023) 

Ying Zhao, Mehdi Rahmati, Harry Vereecken, and Dani Or

Abstract. This comment challenges Gao et al. (2023)’s perspective rejecting the role of soil processes in hydrology. We argue that the authors present a false dichotomy between soil-centric and ecosystem-centric views. These two views of hydrology are complementary and reflect on the inherent multiscale complexity of hydrology where soil processes dominate at certain scales but other processes may become important at catchment scale. We recognize the need for a new scale aware framework that reconciles the interplay between soil processes at small scales with emergent behaviors driven by vegetation, topography and climate at large scales.

Ying Zhao, Mehdi Rahmati, Harry Vereecken, and Dani Or

Status: open (until 02 May 2024)

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2024-629 from Hongkai Gao, Fabrizio Fenicia and Hubert H. G. Savenije', Hongkai Gao, 02 Apr 2024 reply
    • CC1: 'Response from the authors (Ying Zhao, Mehdi Rahmati, Harry Vereecken and Dani Or) to RC1', Mehdi Rahmati, 08 Apr 2024 reply
Ying Zhao, Mehdi Rahmati, Harry Vereecken, and Dani Or
Ying Zhao, Mehdi Rahmati, Harry Vereecken, and Dani Or

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Short summary
Gao et al. (2023) question the importance of soil in hydrology, sparking debate. We acknowledge some valid points but critique their broad, unsubstantiated views on soil's role. Our response highlights three key areas: (1) the false divide between ecosystem-centric and soil-centric approaches, (2) the vital yet varied impact of soil properties, and (3) the call for a scale-aware framework. We aim to unify these perspectives, enhancing hydrology's comprehensive understanding.