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Patterns of similarity of seasonal water balances : A window into streamflow variability over a range of time scales. / Berghuijs, Wouter R.; Sivapalan, Murugesu; Woods, Ross A.; Savenije, Hubert H G.

In: Water Resources Research, Vol. 50, No. 7, 09.07.2014, p. 5638-5661.

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Berghuijs, WR, Sivapalan, M, Woods, RA & Savenije, HHG 2014, 'Patterns of similarity of seasonal water balances: A window into streamflow variability over a range of time scales', Water Resources Research, vol. 50, no. 7, pp. 5638-5661. https://doi.org/10.1002/2014WR015692

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Berghuijs, Wouter R. ; Sivapalan, Murugesu ; Woods, Ross A. ; Savenije, Hubert H G. / Patterns of similarity of seasonal water balances : A window into streamflow variability over a range of time scales. In: Water Resources Research. 2014 ; Vol. 50, No. 7. pp. 5638-5661.

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