Comment on: "The impact of a lack of government strategies for sustainable water management and land use planning on the hydrology of water bodies: lessons learned from the disappearance of the Aculeo Lagoon in central Chile" by Valdes-Pineda et al. 2022 in Sustainability, 14(1), 413

Barria, Pilar; Ocampo-Melgar, Anahi; Chadwick, Cristian; Galleguillos, Mauricio; Garreaud, Rene; Diaz-Vasconcellos, Raul; Poblete, David; Rubio-Alvarez, Eduardo


Valdes-Pineda et al. (Sustainability 14:413, 2022) present data for changes in climate, socio-economic, and land use and land cover (LULC) from diverse sources, concluding that the main causes for the desiccation of the Aculeo Lake were the river deviations and aquifer pumping, along with the impact of reduced precipitation. Based on that, they infer that the previous study of Barria et al. (Reg Environ Change 21:1-5, 2021a), which concluded that the impact of the decade-long drought was ten times larger than the increase of human extractions on the lake desiccation lacks scientific validity. We disagree with the conclusions from Valdes-Pineda et al. (Sustainability 14:413, 2022) and document that their article uses fragmentary information of a complex system, misinterprets of our results, and fails to present a reliable attribution methodology. We show that the hypothesis that the disappearance of Aculeo Lake was largely due to local anthropogenic uses is unsupported.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000881652500001 Not found in local WOS DB
Título de la Revista: Regional Environmental Change
Volumen: 22
Número: 4
Fecha de publicación: 2022


Notas: ISI