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      The Impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic and Weather Conditions on Water Environment, a Case Study in Istanbul and London/South-east England

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            UCL Open: Environment Preprint
            UCL Press
            12 August 2021
            [1 ] Department of Earth Sciences, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
            Author notes

            This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

            All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this published article (and its supplementary information files).

            Earth & Environmental sciences

            water, covid-19, climate, patterns of use, water management, adaptive management, Climate change, Water resources, Environmental science


            Date: 22 October 2021

            Handling Editor: Dr Pam Berry

            Editorial decision: Request revision. The Handling Editor requested revisions; the article has been returned to the authors to make this revision.

            2021-10-22 14:16 UTC

            Date: 01 September 2021

            Handling Editor: Dr Pam Berry

            This article is a preprint article and has not been peer-reviewed. It is under consideration following submission to UCL Open: Environment for open peer review.

            Handling Editor comments:

            The topic of  water usage during Covid-19 and impacts of climate change is important and current, thus the article is timely. However, as it stands at version 1 it is rather descriptive; there is no clear indication of exactly how some methods were undertaken (e.g. the last paragraph of p6 in the pdf). Also, some more /different analysis would help support or clarify some of the arguments. For example:

            1. Fig. 8 links higher temperatures to low reservoir levels, despite having established a link for reservoir levels with rainfall, so are temperature and rainfall correlated? This is important when examining scenarios and also when deciphering what is driving reservoir levels – most likely an interaction of climate and socio-economics and demography
            2. The different patterns of domestic and business water usage is important. It would be helpful, if possible to separate these out in total consumption figures.
            3. Careful reasoning is also need in emergent issues, as p22 suggest more periods of dry weather and yet p14 it is only RCP8.6 in the latter part of the century that is projected to be drier.
            4. Discussion (especially the first part) would benefit from synthesis round key arguments and findings.


            All in all I think this paper needs a more analytical approach, framed round certain arguments and hypotheses.

            2021-09-01 11:13 UTC
            2021-09-01 11:13 UTC
            2021-09-01 11:05 UTC

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