Sample records for catchment basin preliminary

  1. Model a Catchment Basin

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    The GLOBE Program, UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

    2003-08-01

    The purpose of this resource is to introduce what a catchment basin is and how it works. Students will make a 3-dimensional model of a catchment basin to understand how water moves through the basin and explore how water is affected when there are changes in the basin.

  2. Analyzing catchment behavior through catchment modeling in the Gilgel Abay, Upper Blue Nile River Basin, Ethiopia

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Uhlenbrook; Y. Mohamed; A. S. Gragne

    2010-01-01

    Understanding catchment hydrological processes is essential for water resources management, in particular in data scarce regions. The Gilgel Abay catchment (a major tributary into Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile) is undergoing intensive plans for water management, which is part of larger development plans in the Blue Nile basin in Ethiopia. To obtain a better understanding of the water

  3. Parallel Computing of Catchment Basins in Large Digital Elevation Model

    E-print Network

    Melin, Emmanuel

    in the area of Image Anal- ysis. Image Segmentation is the process of partitioning the image into disjoint: Parallel implementation, Digital elevation model, Catchment basin, Image Segmentation 1 Introduction Geo is a branch of earth sciences relevant to many fields of soil science like agriculture or civil engi- neering

  4. Isotope hydrology of catchment basins: lithogenic and cosmogenic isotopic systems

    SciTech Connect

    Nimz, G. J., LLNL

    1998-06-01

    A variety of physical processes affect solute concentrations within catchment waters. The isotopic compositions of the solutes can indicate which processes have determined the observed concentrations. These processes together constitute the physical history of the water. Many solutes in natural waters are derived from the interaction between the water and the rock and/or soil within the system - these are termed `lithogenic` solutes. The isotopic compositions of these solutes provide information regarding rock-water interactions. Many other solutes have their isotopic compositions determined both within and outside of the catchment - i.e., in addition to being derived from catchment rock and soil, they are solutes that are also transported into the catchment. Important members of this group include solutes that have isotopic compositions produced by atomic particle interactions with other nuclides. The source of the atomic particles can be cosmic radiation (producing `cosmogenic` nuclides in the atmosphere and land surface), anthropogenic nuclear reactions (producing `thermonuclear` nuclides), or radioactive and fission decay of naturally-occurring elements, principally {sup 238}U (producing `in-situ` lithogenic nuclides in the deep subsurface). Current language usage often combines all of the atomic particle-produced nuclides under the heading `cosmogenic nuclides`, and for simplicity we will often follow that usage here, although always indicating which variety is being discussed. This paper addresses the processes that affect the lithogenic and cosmogenic solute concentrations in catchment waters, and how the isotopic compositions of the solutes can be used in integrative ways to identify these processes, thereby revealing the physical history of the water within a catchment system. The concept of a `system` is important in catchment hydrology. A catchment is the smallest landscape unit that can both participate in all of the aspects of the hydrologic cycle and also be treated as a mostly closed system for mass balance considerations. It is the near closure of the system that permits well- constrained chemical mass balance calculations to be made. These calculations generally focus of lithogenic solutes, and therefore in our discussions of lithogenic nuclides in the paper, the concept of chemical mass balance in a nearly dosed system will play an important role. Examination of the isotopic compositions of solutes provides a better understanding of the variety of processes controlling mass balance. It is with this approach that we examined the variety of processes occurring within the catchment system, such as weathering and soil production, generation of stormflow and streamflow (hydrograph separation), movement of soil pore water, groundwater flow, and the overall processes involved with basinal water balance. In this paper, the term `nuclide` will be used when referring to a nuclear species that contains a particular number of protons and neutrons. The term is not specific to any element. The term `isotope` will be used to distinguish nuclear species of a given element (atoms with the same number of protons). That is to say, there are many nuclides in nature - for example, {sup 36}Cl, {sup 87}Sr, {sup 238}U; the element has four naturally-occurring isotopes - {sup 87}Sr, and {sup 88}Sr. This paper will first discuss the general principles that underlie the study of lithogenic and cosmogenic nuclides in hydrology, and provide references to some of the more important studies applying these principles and nuclides. We then turn in the second section to a discussion of their specific applications in catchment- scale systems. The final section of this paper discusses new directions in the application of lithogenic and cosmogenic nuclides to catchment hydrology, with some thoughts concerning possible applications that still remain unexplored.

  5. Intra-basin variability of snowmelt water balance calculations in a subarctic catchment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Stephen E. McCartney; Sean K. Carey; John W. Pomeroy

    2006-01-01

    The intra-basin variability of snowmelt and melt-water runoff hydrology in an 8 km2 subarctic alpine tundra catchment was examined for the 2003 melt period. The catchment, Granger Creek, is within the Wolf Creek Research Basin, Yukon, which is typical of mountain subarctic landscapes in northwestern Canada. The study catchment was segmented into nine internally uniform zones termed hydrological response units

  6. [Molecular-phylogenetic analysis of cyclopoids (Copepoda: Cyclopoida) from Lake Baikal and its water catchment basin].

    PubMed

    Ma?or, T Iu; Sheveleva, N G; Sukhanova, L V; Timoshkin, O A; Kiril'chik, S V

    2010-11-01

    Baikalian cyclopoids represent one of the richest endemic faunas of freshwater cyclopoid copepods. The genus Diacyclops Kiefer, 1927 is the most numerous by species number in the lake. In this work, molecular-phylogenetic analysis of 14 species and 1 sub-species from Lake Baikal and its water catchment basin is performed. The regions of mitochondrial cytochrom-oxydase I (COI) and of nuclear small-subunit 18S rRNA were used as evolution markers. In the obtained set of nucleotide sequences of COT gene, an effect of synonymous substitution saturation is revealed. Baikalian representatives of the genus Diacyclops form at phylogenetic schemes by two markers a monophyletic griup, it suggest their origin from a common ancestral form. Preliminary estimate of the age of this group is 20-25 My. PMID:21261066

  7. Changes in land cover and stream flows in Gilgel Abbay catchment, Upper Blue Nile basin - Ethiopia

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. H. M. Rientjes; A. T. Haile; C. M. M. Mannaerts; E. Kebede; E. Habib

    2010-01-01

    We evaluated the land cover change in the Upper Gilgel Abbay catchment in the Upper Blue Nile basin through classification analysis of remote sensing based land cover data and through assessing the changes in the hydrological regime by statistical analysis of stream flow observations. Results of the land cover classification analysis indicated that 50.9% and 16.7% of the catchment area

  8. UPPER SNAKE RIVER BASIN, PRELIMINARY BASIN EVALUATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    The purpose of this paper was to provide a process and a plan by which the Environmental Protection Agency can insure that water quality goals established in the Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 are met in the waters of the Upper Snake Basin (17040201, 17040206, 170...

  9. Soil and plant composition in the Noun river catchment basin, Western Cameroon: a contribution to the development of a biogeochemical baseline

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Clémentine Njofang; Jörg Matschullat; Akoa Amougou; Jean Pierre Tchouankoué; Hermann Heilmeier

    2009-01-01

    Soils and selected edible plants of the Noun river catchment basin of western Cameroon were sampled to investigate the distribution\\u000a of trace elements, based on the preliminary idea of unusual anomalies. Analytical techniques for trace elements included ICP-AES,\\u000a GF-AAS, and ICP-MS. Further soil analyses comprised the mineralogy and contents of the biogenic elements carbon, nitrogen\\u000a and sulphur (CNS). The trace

  10. Changes in land cover and stream flows in Gilgel Abbay catchment, Upper Blue Nile basin - Ethiopia

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rientjes, T. H. M.; Haile, A. T.; Mannaerts, C. M. M.; Kebede, E.; Habib, E.

    2010-12-01

    We evaluated the land cover change in the Upper Gilgel Abbay catchment in the Upper Blue Nile basin through classification analysis of remote sensing based land cover data and through assessing the changes in the hydrological regime by statistical analysis of stream flow observations. Results of the land cover classification analysis indicated that 50.9% and 16.7% of the catchment area was covered by forest in 1973 and 2001, respectively. This significant decrease in forest cover is mainly due to expansion of agricultural land. A comparison of stream flow time series of the Upper Gilgel Abbay catchment to stream flow time series from two neighbouring catchments shows a different trend and a statistically significant change over time. In 1986-2001, the annual and the high flows of the catchment increased by 13% and 46%, respectively while the low flows decreased by 35%. Generally, the results indicate significant changes in land cover and the hydrological regimes of the Upper Gilgel Abbay catchment over the past 30 years.

  11. Attributes for NHDPlus Catchments (Version 1.1): Basin Characteristics, 2002

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This data set represents basin characteristics, compiled for every catchment in NHDPlus for the conterminous United States. These characteristics are basin shape index, stream density, sinuosity, mean elevation, mean slope, and number of road-stream crossings. The source data sets are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's NHDPlus and the U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER/Line Files. The NHDPlus Version 1.1 is an integrated suite of application-ready geospatial datasets that incorporates many of the best features of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and the National Elevation Dataset (NED). The NHDPlus includes a stream network (based on the 1:100,00-scale NHD), improved networking, naming, and value-added attributes (VAAs). NHDPlus also includes elevation-derived catchments (drainage areas) produced using a drainage enforcement technique first widely used in New England, and thus referred to as "the New England Method." This technique involves "burning in" the 1:100,000-scale NHD and when available building "walls" using the National Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD). The resulting modified digital elevation model (HydroDEM) is used to produce hydrologic derivatives that agree with the NHD and WBD. Over the past two years, an interdisciplinary team from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and contractors, found that this method produces the best quality NHD catchments using an automated process (USEPA, 2007). The NHDPlus dataset is organized by 18 Production Units that cover the conterminous United States. The NHDPlus version 1.1 data are grouped by the U.S. Geologic Survey's Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). MRB1, covering the New England and Mid-Atlantic River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 1 and 2. MRB2, covering the South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 3 and 6. MRB3, covering the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 4, 5, 7 and 9. MRB4, covering the Missouri River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 10-lower and 10-upper. MRB5, covering the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 8, 11 and 12. MRB6, covering the Rio Grande, Colorado and Great Basin River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 13, 14, 15 and 16. MRB7, covering the Pacific Northwest River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 17. MRB8, covering California River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 18.

  12. Nonstationarities in Catchment Response According to Basin and Rainfall Characteristics: Application to Korean Watershed

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kwon, Hyun-Han; Kim, Jin-Guk; Jung, Il-Won

    2015-04-01

    It must be acknowledged that application of rainfall-runoff models to simulate rainfall-runoff processes are successful in gauged watershed. However, there still remain some issues that will need to be further discussed. In particular, the quantitive representation of nonstationarity issue in basin response (e.g. concentration time, storage coefficient and roughness) along with ungauged watershed needs to be studied. In this regard, this study aims to investigate nonstationarity in basin response so as to potentially provide useful information in simulating runoff processes in ungauged watershed. For this purpose, HEC-1 rainfall-runoff model was mainly utilized. In addition, this study combined HEC-1 model with Bayesian statistical model to estimate uncertainty of the parameters which is called Bayesian HEC-1 (BHEC-1). The proposed rainfall-runofall model is applied to various catchments along with various rainfall patterns to understand nonstationarities in catchment response. Further discussion about the nonstationarity in catchment response and possible regionalization of the parameters for ungauged watershed are discussed. KEYWORDS: Nonstationary, Catchment response, Uncertainty, Bayesian Acknowledgement This research was supported by a Grant (13SCIPA01) from Smart Civil Infrastructure Research Program funded by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) of Korea government and the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA).

  13. Exploring the basin of attraction for flow and residence time responses in a small catchment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Beven, Keith; Davies, Jess

    2015-04-01

    The Multiple Interacting Pathways (MIPs) particle tracking model was first applied at the basin scale to the data set collected by Allan Rodhe and colleagues at the small Gårdsjön catchment in Sweden. It was shown to reproduce flow and tracer data at both plot and catchment scales reasonable well. The implication was that the model could reproduce both the distribution of flow velocities and the celerity responses in the catchment. This allows it then to be used in an exploration of the state space of the modelled catchment, with the advantage that the boundary conditions are known precisely and every particle of water is accounted for (a limitation of using observational data sets for this purpose). The exploration of both discharges and nonstationary residence time information is made on a relatively long model run of 20 years of available data. The results demonstrate quite clearly the hysteresis in flow and residence times that results from differences in velocities and celerities. In such a forced system, of course, there is always with potential for a new, more extreme, response to lie outside the range of past behaviours and this is seen as multiple outliers in the phase space plots. There is some evidence that the time series have the characteristics of fractal processes but there is no clear structure within the main region of behaviour. This basin model, at least, is just endlessly variable within the domain defined by the pattern of inputs.

  14. Variability of extreme events in the Colombian Pacific and Caribbean catchment basins

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hoyos, Isabel; Baquero-Bernal, Astrid; Jacob, Daniela; Rodríguez, Boris A.

    2013-04-01

    This paper analyses the behavior of extreme events of surface precipitation and temperature inside the Pacific and Caribbean Catchment Basins in Colombia using several datasets such as observations, reconstructed data, NCEP-NCAR and ERA-40 reanalyses and data from the regional model REMO. We use an extreme value method that selects the time series excesses over a nonstationary threshold and adjusts them to a generalized Pareto distribution. The goodness of fit is evaluated through a test that includes the Cramer-von Mises, Kolmogorov-Smirnov and Anderson-Darling statistics and the p values generated by parametric bootstrap resampling. The test not only evaluates the goodness of fit but also the threshold choice. The parameters are presented in maps that allow recognition of the features of the extreme behaviour inside the catchment basins, and differences and similarities between them. Maps of return periods for the maximum extreme events are also presented. A strong influence of the El Niño-Southern oscillation on the extreme events of both temperature and precipitation is found in the two catchment basins.

  15. Catchment Restoration in the Tweed UNESCO-IHP HELP Basin - Eddleston Water

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Spray, Christopher

    2013-04-01

    The EU Water Frame Work Directive (WFD) requires member states to work towards the achievement of 'good ecological status' for water bodies, through a 6 year cycle of river basin management plans (RBMPs). Within these RBMPs, states must develop and implement programmes of measures designed to improve the quality of individual water bodies at risk of failing to achieve this status. These RBMPS must not only be focussed on the key causes of failure, but increasingly look to deliver multiple benefits, such as flood risk reduction and improvement to biodiversity from such catchment interventions, and to involve communities and other stakeholders in restoration of their local environment. This paper reports on progress of a detailed study of the restoration of the Eddleston Water, a typical 'failing' water body in Scotland, the monitoring and governance arrangements behind this, and implications for rehabilitation of river systems elsewhere. Within UK rivers, the main causes of failure to achieve good ecological status are historical morphological changes to river courses, diffuse agricultural pollution and invasive non-native species. The Eddleston Water is a 70 sq kms sub-catchment of the Tweed, an UNESCO IHP-HELP basin in the Scottish : English borders, and is currently classified as 'bad' status, due largely to morphological changes to the course and structure of the river over the past 200 years. The main challenge therefor is physical restoration of the river to achieve functional connectivity with the flood plain. At the same time however, the two communities within the catchment suffer from flooding, so a second priority is to intervene within the catchment to reduce the risk of flooding through the use of "natural flood management" measures and, underlying both these two aspects a whole catchment approach to community participation and the achievement of a range of other ecosystem service benefits, including conservation of biodiversity. We report on the initial characterisation of the catchment; the identification of potential key locations and types of intervention to improve ecological status and flood risk reduction; the setting up of the monitoring networks, the engagement with local communities and land managers; initial habitat modifications and the early results of the study. We situate this within the wider context of priorities for restoration and the UNESCO IHP-HELP programme.

  16. Determining Spatial Distribution And Air-Water Exchange Of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons In Stormwater Runoff Catchment Basins

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kasaraneni, V. K.; Schifman, L. A.; Craver, V.; Boving, T. B.

    2014-12-01

    Stormwater runoff is a conduit for several pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in to surface and ground water bodies. The control of runoff and pollutants is typically addressed by best management practices (BMPs), such as retention/detention ponds or catchment basins in general. The effectiveness of catchment basins in reducing the volume of runoff and removal of some contaminants has been established. However, very little is known about the fate of the contaminants settled within these structures. In coastal regions and places with shallow groundwater tables accumulation of high concentrations of PAHs in the bottom sediments poses a potential threat for groundwater contamination. The concentrations of PAHs accumulated in the sediments of these catchment basins will primarily depend on the sources of runoff origin and the surrounding land use. Due to the physico-chemical characteristics of PAHs, their transport not only can occur in the liquid and solid phase, but it is also possible that gaseous emissions can be produced from BMP systems. For the purpose of this study, five stormwater catchment basins along the I-95 corridor in Rhode Island were selected based on the stormwater runoff origin and covering (industrial, urban, highway, and commercial) land uses. To study the stratification of PAHs sediment cores one foot were collected and analyzed for 31PAHs (16 EPA parent PAH and 15 methylated PAHs). In order to determine whether the catchment basins are a source of atmospheric pollution polyethylene passive samplers were deployed to determine the freely dissolved PAHs in the water column and gas phase PAHs at the air-water interface. This presentation will describe how PAH fluxes move between three environmental compartments (sediments, water column, atmosphere) within the five stormwater catchment basins. Further, it will be investigated whether these BMP structures can act as contaminant sources rather than sinks and whether BMP maintenance has to be targeted towards pollutant removal to maintain an effective stormwater treatment system.

  17. Estimation of Catchment Transit Time in Fuji River Basin by using an improved Tank model

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wenchao, M.; Yamanaka, T.; Wakiyama, Y.; Wang, P.

    2013-12-01

    As an important parameter that reflects the characteristics of catchments, the catchment transit time (CTT) has been given much more widely attentions especially in recent years. The CTT is defined as the time water spends travelling through a catchment to the stream network [1], and it describes how catchments retain and release water and solutes and thus control geochemical and biogeochemical cycling and contamination persistence [2]. The objectives of the present study are to develop a new approach for estimating CTT without prior information on such TTD functions and to apply it to the Fuji River basin in the Central Japan Alps Region. In this study, an improved Tank model was used to compute mean CTT and TTD functions simultaneously. It involved water fluxes and isotope mass balance. Water storage capacity in the catchment, which strongly affects CTT, is reflected in isotope mass balance more sensitively than in water fluxes. A model calibrated with observed discharge and isotope data is used for virtual age tracer computation to estimate CTT. This model does not only consider the hydrological data and physical process of the research area but also reflects the actual TTD with considering the geological condition, land use and the other catchment-hydrological conditions. For the calibration of the model, we used river discharge record obtained by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation, and are collecting isotope data of precipitation and river waters monthly or semi-weekly. Three sub-catchments (SC1~SC3) in the Fuji River basin was selected to test the model with five layers: the surface layer, upper-soil layer, lower-soil layer, groundwater aquifer layer and bedrock layer (Layer 1- Layer 5). The evaluation of the model output was assessed using Nash-Sutcliffe efficiency (NSE), root mean square error-observations standard deviation ratio (RSR), and percent bias (PBIAS). Using long time-series of discharge records for calibration, the simulated discharge basically satisfied requirements of reproducing water fluxes and their balance, while improvements in parameter estimations relating to isotope mass balance is necessary. Water balance and isotopes balance have been exercised in abundant simulations by using Mont-Carlo method, and the optimal parameters combination generated reliable result. Later, we figured out the temporal-variant MTT as well as the degree of influence that brought by precipitation event, where the results showed inverse relationship between precipitation amount and MTT value. Reference: [1] Jeffrey. J. McDonnell, Kevin J. McGuire, Aggarwal, P., et al. 2010. How old is stream water? Open questions in catchment transit time conceptualization, modeling and analysis. Hydro. Process. 24, 1745-1754. [2] Kevin J. McGuire, Jeffrey J. McDonnell. 2006. A review and evaluation of transit time modeling. Journal of Hydrology. 330, 543-563.

  18. Towards seasonal hydrological forecasting in mountain catchments: preliminary results from the APRIL project

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pistocchi, Alberto; Mazzoli, Paolo; Bagli, Stefano; Notarnicola, Claudia; Pasolli, Luca

    2013-04-01

    The APRIL project aims at addressing the long term quantitative prediction of monthly discharge from mountain catchments and setting up a system which can then be used operationally. More specifically, its objectives are: - To investigate the potential of EO products (snow cover extent, vegetation and soil moisture statust) and weather/climatic variables for the prediction of water streamflow from mountain catchments - To develop a robust methodology for the long term quantitative forecast of montly discharge from EO and weather/climatic data - To build a fully operational system for seasonal hydrological forecasting. This contribution illustrates the general concept of the project as well as some preliminary results. Water discharge in mountain catchments is physically related to antecedent snow cover and climatology (precipitation, temperature). Other factors may play a role, such as vegetation/soil status and topography. Historical discharge measurements and earth observation (EO) data are a valuable source for inferring the quantitative relationship between the discharge and its predictors using appropriate techniques. The prediction is based on the Support Vector Regression (SVR)technique, a state of the art machine learning regression method with good intrinsic generalization ability and robustness. In the contribution we present and discuss results of a preliminary analysis on water discharge prediction ( with lead time of 1 to 3 months) in South Tyrol, Italy. Despite the use of a limited set of predictors (among which mainly snow cover area), the results are encouraging. The analysis is in the process of being extended at different spatial scales, which will give the possibility to investigate different aspects of the problem and develop different prediction systems; by updating on the current developments, the contribution discusses also perspectives and current limitations towards the set up of a fully operational seasonal hydrological forecasting system in Europe.

  19. Changes in land cover, rainfall and stream flow in Upper Gilgel Abbay catchment, Blue Nile basin - Ethiopia

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. H. M. Rientjes; A. T. Haile; E. Kebede; C. M. M. Mannaerts; E. Habib; T. S. Steenhuis

    2011-01-01

    In this study we evaluated changes in land cover and rainfall in the Upper Gilgel Abbay catchment in the Upper Blue Nile basin and how changes affected stream flow in terms of annual flow, high flows and low flows. Land cover change assessment was through classification analysis of remote sensing based land cover data while assessments on rainfall and stream

  20. Ecosystem based river basin management planning in critical water catchment in Mongolia

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tugjamba, Navchaa; Sereeter, Erdenetuul; Gonchigjav, Sarantuya

    2014-05-01

    Developing the ecosystem based adaptation strategies to maintain water security in critical water catchments in Mongolia would be very significant. It will be base by reducing the vulnerability. "Ecosystem Based adaptation" is quite a new term in Mongolia and the ecosystem approach is a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way. To strengthen equitable economic development, food security, climate resilience and protection of the environment, the implementation of sustainable river basin management in critical water catchments is challenging in Mongolia. The Ulz river basin is considered one of the critical water catchments due to the temperature has increased by in average 1.30Ñ over the period 1976 to 2011. It is more intense than the global warming rate (0.740C/100 years) and a bit higher than the warming rate over whole Mongolia as well. From long-term observations and measurements it is clear that Ulz River has low water in a period of 1970-1980 and since the end of 1980s and middle of 1990s there were dominated years of the flood. However, under the influence of the global warming, climate changes of Mongolia and continuation of drought years with low water since the end of 1990s until today river water was sharply fallen and dried up. For the last ten years rivers are dried up and annual mean run-off is less by 3-5 times from long term mean value. The Ulz is the transboundary river basin and taking its origin from Ikh and Baga Burd springs on territory of Norovlin soum of Khentii province that flows through Khentii and Dornod provinces to the northeast, crossing the state border it flows in Baruun Tari located in Tari Lake concavity in Russia. Based on the integrative baseline study on the 'The Ulz River Basin Environmental and Socioeconomic condition', ecosystem based river basin management was planned. 'Water demand Calculator 3' (WDC) software was used to estimate water demand and calculate water use balance in 2015, 2021. The result of the water balance estimation shows that water consumption-use will be increased 3 times in the river basin by 2021. As the water consumption-use source, surface water - 6.4 % and groundwater is 93.6 percent. The current consumption of the mining sector is shares 71 percent of the total users; it would be 82 percent in 2021. However, the livestock water consumption-use is 27 percent of the current demand; it would be decrease up to 16 percent in 2021. Ecosystem based approach IWRM plan would be efficient to the local resident to adapt the climate change situation. Thus, the results of the research study on the river basin ecosystem services and values are the base of the planning.

  1. Analysis of annual dissolved-solids loading from selected natural and irrigated catchments in the Upper Colorado River Basin, 1974-2003

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Kenney, Terry A.; Gerner, Steven J.; Buto, Susan G.

    2012-01-01

    Dissolved-solids loading from 17 natural catchments and 14 irrigated catchments in the Upper Colorado River Basin was examined for the period from 1974 through 2003. In general, dissolved-solids loading increased and decreased concurrently in natural and irrigated catchments but at different magnitudes. Annually, the magnitude of loading in natural catchments changed about 10 percent more, on average, than in irrigated catchments. Measures of variability, or spread, indicate that natural catchments had 35 percent greater annual variability in loading than irrigated catchments. Precipitation and dissolved-solids loads were positively correlated in natural catchments, and a weak positive correlation was determined for irrigated catchments. A weak negative correlation between temperature and dissolved-solids load was determined for both natural and irrigated catchments. In irrigated catchments, the dissolved-solids load response to an above-average precipitation period from 1982 through 1987 generally lagged behind that in the natural catchments. On average, irrigated catchments with reservoir storage had the largest normalized maximum annual loads during the wet period.

  2. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States: Bedrock Geology

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the area of bedrock geology types in square meters compiled for every catchment of MRB_E2RF1 catchments for Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). The source data set is the "Geology of the Conterminous United States at 1:2,500,000 Scale--A Digital Representation of the 1974 P.B. King and H.M. Beikman Map" (Schuben and others, 1994). The MRB_E2RF1 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ERF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011). Data were compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  3. K basin sludge & water system preliminary hazard analysis

    SciTech Connect

    MARTIN, J.B.

    2001-09-06

    This report provides the initial Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA) for the Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Project, Sludge and Water System (SWS) subproject. The purpose of the K East (KE) basins SWS is to provide a system that will transfer the KE basins sludge from in-basin storage or source locations to containment and loadout for subsequent transport to T Plant for storage. The SWS will provide a system (Phase I) to retrieve and contain the identified as-settled sludge volume in the KE basin, while maintaining basin water clarity and associated radioactive control limits in accordance with basin operation requirements, and to support the Fuel Transfer System (FTS) and Debris Removal System (DRS). The SWS will also provide a system (Phase II) to retrieve and contain the remaining as-settled sludge volume in the K East basin, while maintaining basin water clarity and associated radioactive control limits in accordance with basin operation requirements. The SWS is in the conceptual design phase. A primary purpose of this PHA is to support the Conceptual Design Document (draft). As details of the SWS process and design are developed, this initial PHA will require revision. The K Basin Hazard Analysis (HNF-3960) documents the hazard analysis previously performed on the K basins including the multi-canister overpack (MCO) and support buildings. HNF-3960 will be updated later to reflect future SWS activities for sludge and water transfer to ensure that all hazards are included. All operational activities and energy sources associated with the SWS are evaluated in this hazard analysis. Using a systematic approach, this document identifies hazards created by abnormal operating conditions, external events (e.g., range fire), and natural phenomena hazards (e.g., earthquake) with the potential for causing undesirable consequences to facility workers, on-site individuals, the public, or the environment.

  4. Data mining methods for predicting event runoff coefficients in ungauged basins using static and dynamic catchment characteristics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Loritz, Ralf; Weiler, Markus; Seibert, Simon

    2015-04-01

    Transferring hydrological information into ungauged basin by regionalisation approaches is an ongoing field of research. Usually regionalisation techniques use physical landscape descriptors to transfer either model parameters or hydrological characteristics from a catchment to another. A common problem of these approaches is the high degree of uncertainty associated to their results. One reason is that often solely static (structural) catchment characteristics such as catchment area, physiographic properties or land use data are used for regionalisation. However, it is well known that the hydrological response of a 'natural' system is a complex and a non-linear interaction of its structure, state and forcing. Here it is important to note, that only structure is a static property. State and forcing are highly dynamic when considering the temporal and spatial scale of a rainfall-runoff event. To overcome the limitations associated with 'static' regionalisation techniques we propose a regionalisation technique for event runoff coefficients combining static and dynamic catchment properties. The approach is based on the two data mining algorithms 'random forests' and 'quantile regression forests'. The static catchment characteristics include standard variables such as physiographic properties, land cover and soil data. The dynamic variables include event based properties of the forcing (i.e. rainfall amount, intensity,...) and proxies for the initial state of the catchment (i.e. initial soil moisture). Together with the runoff coefficient these quantities were extracted form hydro-meteorological time series (precipitation, discharge and soil moisture) using an automated rainfall-runoff event detection technique. We tested our method using a set of 60 meso-scale catchments (3.1 to 205,6 km2, covering a range of different geologies and land uses) from Southwest Germany. We randomly separated the catchments in two groups. The first group (30 donor catchments) was used to train the data mining models . Based on the resulting relations we then predicted event runoff coefficients for the other half of the catchments (30 test catchments). With this regression method we are able to predict event runoff coefficient s in the test group with an overall root mean square error of about 5%. Furthermore our approach indicates that the dynamic characteristics (event precipitation and initial soil moisture) had a much higher importance for the prediction of event runoff coefficients than the static properties. In the next step, we applied random forest regressions to all 60 catchments individually based on the extracted event variables. The relative importance of the predictor variables of each of these regressions can be interpreted as indicators for the dominating rainfall- runoff controls within the basins (e.g. to identify initial storage or rainfall intensity controlled conditions). We conclude that the ensemble regression tree methods provide insights into the 'functioning' of the individual catchments and that dynamic catchment properties (observed on meaningful spatial and temporal scales) have a very high potential for prediction hydrological functions in ungauged catchments.

  5. Mn-oxides and sequestration of heavy metals in a suburban catchment basin of the Chesapeake Bay watershed

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    James P. Adams; Robert Kirst; Lance E. Kearns; Mark P. S. Krekeler

    2009-01-01

    The Chesapeake Bay is greatly impacted by numerous pollutants including heavy metals and understanding the controls on the\\u000a distribution of heavy metals in the watershed is critical to mitigation and remediation efforts in controlling this type of\\u000a pollution. Clasts from a stormwater catchment basin draining a subdivision near George Mason University, Fairfax VA (38°50.090°N\\u000a 78°19.204°W) were investigated using X-ray diffraction

  6. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States: Surficial Geology

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the area of surficial geology types in square meters compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment of selected Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). The source data set is the "Digital data set describing surficial geology in the conterminous US" (Clawges and Price, 1999).The MRB_E2RF1 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ERF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2008). Data were compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  7. Source rock potential of Nanpanjiang, Basin, south China - preliminary report

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    Parrish, J.T.; Zhongrui, S.; Yirong, Z.; Wenhai, H.

    1986-05-01

    The Nanpanjiang basin of south China occupies 100,000 km/sup 2/ in southern Guizhou and eastern Yunnan Provinces and northwestern Guangxi autonomous region. The basin contains primarily Paleozoic and Triassic rocks. As yet, no producible hydrocarbons have been found in Nanpanjiang basin, although oil seeps exist in margins of the basin and producing wells are present in adjacent basins. The authors analyzed Ordovician through Permian carbonate rocks and Cambrian through Triassic clastic rocks from within the margins of the Nanpanjiang basin for total organic carbon (TOC), vitrinite reflectance, and extractable hydrocarbon (HC) content and composition. TOC values ranged from 0.02 to 3.91%, total HC (S/sub 1/ and S/sub 2/) ranged from 0.004 to 0.1 mg/g (S/sub 1/:0.003-0.048; S/sub 2/: < 0.003-0.07), and vitrinite reflectance values were mostly above 1.0%. permian carbonates throughout the basin contain solid bitumen in cavities and fractures; the one available sample of this solid bitumen contained no chloroform-soluble bitumen. Their preliminary conclusion is that hydrocarbons have been generated but not preserved because the basin is now thermally overmature. This conclusion is supported by fluid inclusion studies and by the conodont alteration index, which ranges from 3 to 5, both of which indicate high temperatures. Generated liquid hydrocarbons may be represented by the solid bitumen in the Permian carbonates; the presence of gas is not ruled out by the geochemical evidence.

  8. Comparison of Late Quaternary Climate Development Between the Niger Catchment Area and the Amazon Basin

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    Zabel, M.; Ettwein, V.; Maslin, M.; Schneider, R. R.

    2003-04-01

    The inorganic terrigenous fraction of marine sediments offers a great number of different and well established proxy parameters to investigate the development of continental climate. In this study we present high resolution records of terrigenous source elements from the Niger River and the Amazon River fans. Sediment cores are well dated by radiocarbon measurements. Elemental records from both regions reveal strong evidence for rapid continental climate change over the last 18.000 years, especially during last deglaciation. While major changes obviously occure nearly simultaneously, the timing of shorter events is clearly offset between the two regions. In addition, significant differences can be recorded for the development of the sedimentary terrigenous composition during the Late Holocene. While element ratios indicates increasing arid conditions in catchment area of the Niger since the end of the last African Humid Period at about 5.5 kyr ago, in consistency with other studies increasing humid conditions prevail in the Amazon Basin during the Holocene. This opposing climate development could be caused by the discussed E-W SST contrasts due to variations in the thermohaline circulation within the tropical Atlantic. However, in order to support our findings in marine sediments and because we know that the terrigenous fraction in marine sediments contains to a certain degree a filtered climatic information due to Land-ocean transport and depositinal processes, we try to verify information from the marine records by additional information from the adjacent region like on sea and lake level fluctuations.

  9. Validation of a simple distributed sediment delivery approach in selected sub-basins of the River Inn catchment area

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    Reid, Lucas; Kittlaus, Steffen; Scherer, Ulrike

    2015-04-01

    For large areas without highly detailed data the empirical Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) is widely used to quantify soil loss. The problem though is usually the quantification of actual sediment influx into the rivers. As the USLE provides long-term mean soil loss rates, it is often combined with spatially lumped models to estimate the sediment delivery ratio (SDR). But it gets difficult with spatially lumped approaches in large catchment areas where the geographical properties have a wide variance. In this study we developed a simple but spatially distributed approach to quantify the sediment delivery ratio by considering the characteristics of the flow paths in the catchments. The sediment delivery ratio was determined using an empirical approach considering the slope, morphology and land use properties along the flow path as an estimation of travel time of the eroded particles. The model was tested against suspended solids measurements in selected sub-basins of the River Inn catchment area in Germany and Austria, ranging from the high alpine south to the Molasse basin in the northern part.

  10. Draft 2/26/2010 Preliminary Summary of Out-of-Basin Steelhead Strays

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    steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss and spring Chinook salmon O. tshawytscha in the Columbia River Basin approximately 4 km upstream of the John Day Dam. The basin is bounded by the Columbia River to the northDraft 2/26/2010 Preliminary Summary of Out-of-Basin Steelhead Strays in the John Day River Basin

  11. Realism test of a topography driven conceptual model (FLEX-Topo) in nested catchments of the Heihe River Basins, China

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    Gao, H.; Savenije, H.; Hrachowitz, M.; Fenicia, F.; Gharari, S.

    2013-12-01

    Although elevation data are globally available and many models do take topographical information into account, here it is demonstrated that topography is still an under-exploiting source of information in hydrological models . Based on the recently proposed modelling approach (FLEX-Topo) a semi-distributed topographic driven conceptual model (FLEXT), has been developed and tested in two nested catchments of the Heihe river basin. The model uses four topographical properties (i.e. Height Above the Nearest Drainage (HAND), absolute elevation, slope and aspect) to make a hydrological landscape classification which correspond with the dominant rainfall-runoff processes of these landscapes, to which a conceptual model structure is attributed. To analyses the additional information provided by the landscape classification, the performance of the FLEXT model is compared to a completely lumped hydrological models (FLEXL) and a semi-distributed model (FLEXD). All models have been calibrated and validated at the catchment outlet. Additionally, the models were evaluated in two nested sub-catchments. FLEXT performs substantially better than the other two models especially in the two nested sub-catchments during validation. It is especially better equipped to represent rainfall-runoff events during the dry season, which supports the following hypotheses: (1) topography can be used to distinguish different landscape elements with different hydrological function; (2) the model structure of the FLEXT is much better equipped to represent hydrological signatures than a lumped or semi-distributed model, and hence has a more realistic model structure and parameterization. The hydrograph components of the calibration(a), split-sample validation(b) and nested sub-catchments validation(c,d), of the FLEXT model

  12. Catchment modeling and model transferability in upper Blue Nile Basin, Lake Tana, Ethiopia

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    Gragne, A. S.; Uhlenbrook, S.; Mohammed, Y.; Kebede, S.

    2008-03-01

    Understanding spatial and temporal distribution of water resources has an important role for water resource management. To understand water balance dynamics and runoff generation mechanisms at the Gilgel Abay catchment (a major tributary into lake Tana, source of Blue Nile, Ethiopia) and to evaluate model transferability, catchment modeling was conducted using the conceptual hydrological model HBV. The catchment of the Gigel Abay was sub-divided into two gauged sub-catchments (Upper Gilgel Abay, UGASC, and Koga, KSC) and one ungauged sub-catchment. Manual calibration of the daily models for three different catchment representations (CRs): (i) lumped, (ii) lumped with multiple vegetation zones, and (iii) semi-distributed with vegetations zone and elevation zones, showed good to satisfactory model performance (Nash-Sutcliffe efficiency values, Reff>0.75 and >0.6, respectively, for UGASC and KSC). The change of the time step to fifteen and thirty days resulted in very good model performances in both sub-catchments (Reff>0.8). The model parameter transferability tests conducted on the daily models showed poor performance in both sub-catchments, whereas the fifteen and thirty days models yielded high Reff values using transferred parameter sets. This together with the sensitivity analysis carried out after Monte Carlo simulations (1 000 000 model runs) per CR explained the reason behind the difference in hydrologic behaviors of the two sub-catchments UGASC and KSC. The dissimilarity in response pattern of the sub-catchments was caused by the presence of dambos in KSC and differences in the topography between UGASC and KSC. Hence, transferring model parameters from the view of describing hydrological process was found to be not feasible for all models. On the other hand, from a water resources management perspective the results obtained by transferring parameters of the larger time step model were acceptable.

  13. Application of strontium isotope measurements to trace sediment sources in an upstream agricultural catchment (Loire River basin, France)

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    Le Gall, Marion; Evrard, Olivier; Thil, François; Foucher, Anthony; Salvador-Blanes, Sébastien; Cerdan, Olivier; Ayrault, Sophie

    2015-04-01

    Soil erosion is recognized as one of the main processes of land degradation in agricultural areas. It accelerates the supply of sediment to the rivers and degrades water quality. To limit those impacts and optimize management programs in such areas, sources of sediment need to be identified and sediment transport to be controlled. Here, we determined the sources of suspended sediment in the Louroux (24 km², French Loire River basin), a small catchment representative of lowland cultivated environments of Northwestern Europe. In this catchment, channels have been reshaped and 220 tile drain outlets have been installed over the last several decades. As a result, soil erosion and sediment fluxes have increased drastically. The variation of 87Sr/86Sr ratios, driven by the weathering of rocks with different ages and chemical composition, may reflect the mixing of different sediment sources. Strontium isotopic ratios (87Sr/86Sr) were therefore determined in potential soil sources, suspended particulate matter (SPM) and a sediment core sampled in the Louroux Pond at the catchment outlet. Soil, SPM and core samples displayed significantly different isotopic signatures. 87Sr/86Sr ratios in soil samples varied from 0.712763 to 0.724631 ± 0.000017 (2?, n=20). Highest values were observed in silicic parts of the catchment whereas the lower values were identified in a calcareous area close to the Louroux Pond. 87Sr/86Sr ratios in SPM (0.713660 to 0.725749 ± 0.000017, 2?, n=20) plotted between the soil and sediment core (0.712255 to 0.716415 ± 0.000017, 2?, n=12), suggesting the presence of particles originating from at least two different lithological sources, i.e. silicic rocks and carbonate material. Variations in 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the outlet core sample were used to reconstruct the sedimentary dynamics in the catchment during the last decades. These results will guide the future implementation of appropriate management practices aiming to reduce erosion in upstream catchments and the subsequent transport of sediment degrading the stream systems and the filling of reservoirs. Keywords: soil erosion; 87Sr/86Sr isotopic ratio; end-members; mixing models

  14. Groundwater vulnerability assessment in Jaworzynka's Valley catchment basin (Tatra Mountains, Poland)

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    Cypel, M.

    2012-04-01

    During the research an attempt was made to assess an intrinsic groundwater vulnerability to contamination in Tatra Mountains (Poland. Assessment of the degree of hazard of permeating pollutions from land surface directly to the ground water table was the main target of the research. The Jaworzynka's Valley in West Tatra Mountains was chosen as the exact research area. Jaworzynka's Valley is a typical karst catchment basin. Location of study area wasn't accidental, because in the north part of the valley there is a well which is being used as drinking water intake for the whole Zakopane City. This is the reason, why the quality of ground water is so important. The method used in this research, entitled KARSTIC, wasn't applied in Poland before. This is a parametric method of groundwater vulnerability assessment. KARSTIC is a modification of much better known DRASTIC method, specialized for specific karst terrain. KARSTIC method created by A. Davis and others (1994), was used for the first time, during a research in the Black Hills Mountains, USA. Research in Jaworzynka's Valley was based on the Black Hills study. In order to apply this method in Tatra Mountains, it was necessary to make a few changes in relation to original area. Applying KARSTIC method consists of successive stages. Schematization of hydrogeological conditions is an inseparable part of KARSTIC method. The first step bases on collecting all of available data such as maps, databases and documentations. Next stage consists of classifying all parameters employed in this method and then assigning a ratings and weights for this parameters. Subsequently it is necessary to use a mathematical formula, named Pollution Potential Index, which presents a ground water vulnerability in each point. The final step is visualization on the ground water vulnerability map. The result of research displays the high vulnerability in close proximity of the drinking water intake. The most vulnerable areas in Jaworzynka's Valley are spring-beds, consequence of very intensive karst development. The rest of research terrain was classified as medium and low vulnerable. KARSTIC method didn't show caves in the valley as high vulnerable, which is certainly incorrect, proving the method to be insufficiently detailed in such cases. During the research, it turned out that using this method in highmountains terrains is not simple. Even a definition of aquifer in highmountains karst areas is difficult (aquifer is not continuous layer and also depth to water is frequently changing). Therefore author decided to continue research about ground water vulnerability assessment in Tatra Mountains, but in a much more detailed form.

  15. Changes in land cover, rainfall and stream flow in Upper Gilgel Abbay catchment, Blue Nile basin - Ethiopia

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    Rientjes, T. H. M.; Haile, A. T.; Kebede, E.; Mannaerts, C. M. M.; Habib, E.; Steenhuis, T. S.

    2011-06-01

    In this study we evaluated changes in land cover and rainfall in the Upper Gilgel Abbay catchment in the Upper Blue Nile basin and how changes affected stream flow in terms of annual flow, high flows and low flows. Land cover change assessment was through classification analysis of remote sensing based land cover data while assessments on rainfall and stream flow data are by statistical analysis. Results of the supervised land cover classification analysis indicated that 50.9 % and 16.7 % of the catchment area was covered by forest in 1973 and 2001, respectively. This significant decrease in forest cover is mainly due to expansion of agricultural land. By use of a change detection procedure, three periods were identified for which changes in rainfall and stream flow were analyzed. Rainfall was analyzed at monthly base by use of the Mann-Kendall test statistic and results indicated a statistically significant, decreasing trend for most months of the year. However, for the wet season months of June, July and August rainfall has increased. In the period 1973-2005, the annual flow of the catchment decreased by 12.1 %. Low flow and high flow at daily base were analyzed by a low flow and a high flow index that is based on a 95 % and 5 % exceedance probability. Results of the low flow index indicated decreases of 18.1 % and 66.6 % for the periods 1982-2000 and 2001-2005 respectively. Results of high flows indicated an increase of 7.6 % and 46.6 % for the same periods. In this study it is concluded that over the period 1973-2005 stream flow has changed in the Gilgel Abbay catchment by changes in land cover and changes in rainfall.

  16. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States: Base-Flow Index, 2002

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the mean base-flow index expressed as a percent, compiled for every catchment of MRB_E2RF1 catchments of Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). Base flow is the component of streamflow that can be attributed to ground-water discharge into streams. The source data set is Base-Flow Index for the Conterminous United States (Wolock, 2003). The MRB_E2RF1 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ERF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011). Data were compiled for every catchment of MRB_E2RF1 catchments for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  17. The Immatsiak network of groundwater wells in a small catchment basin in the discontinuous permafrost zone of Northern Quebec, Canada: A unique opportunity for monitoring the impacts of climate change on groundwater (Invited)

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    Fortier, R.; Lemieux, J.; Molson, J. W.; Therrien, R.; Ouellet, M.; Bart, J.

    2013-12-01

    During a summer drilling campaign in 2012, a network of nine groundwater monitoring wells was installed in a small catchment basin in a zone of discontinuous permafrost near the Inuit community of Umiujaq in Northern Quebec, Canada. This network, named Immatsiak, is part of a provincial network of groundwater monitoring wells to monitor the impacts of climate change on groundwater resources. It provides a unique opportunity to study cold region groundwater dynamics in permafrost environments and to assess the impacts of permafrost degradation on groundwater quality and availability as a potential source of drinking water. Using the borehole logs from the drilling campaign and other information from previous investigations, an interpretative cryo-hydrogeological cross-section of the catchment basin was produced which identified the Quaternary deposit thickness and extent, the depth to bedrock, the location of permafrost, one superficial aquifer located in a sand deposit, and another deep aquifer in fluvio-glacial sediments and till. In the summer of 2013, data were recovered from water level and barometric loggers which were installed in the wells in August 2012. Although the wells were drilled in unfrozen zones, the groundwater temperature is very low, near 0.4 °C, with an annual variability of a few tenths of a degree Celsius at a depth of 35 m. The hydraulic head in the wells varied as much as 6 m over the last year. Pumping tests performed in the wells showed a very high hydraulic conductivity of the deep aquifer. Groundwater in the wells and surface water in small thermokarst lakes and at the catchment outlet were sampled for geochemical analysis (inorganic parameters, stable isotopes of oxygen (?18O) and hydrogen (?2H), and radioactive isotopes of carbon (?14C), hydrogen (tritium ?3H) and helium (?3He)) to assess groundwater quality and origin. Preliminary results show that the signature of melt water from permafrost thawing is observed in the geochemistry of groundwater and surface water at the catchment outlet. Following synthesis of the available information, including a cryo-hydrogeophysical investigation in progress, a three-dimensional hydrogeological conceptual and numerical model of the catchment basin will be developed. According to different scenarios of climate change, the potential of using groundwater as a sustainable resource in northern regions will be assessed by simulating the present and future impacts of climate change on this groundwater system.

  18. Soil and plant composition in the Noun river catchment basin, Western Cameroon: a contribution to the development of a biogeochemical baseline

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    Njofang, Clémentine; Matschullat, Jörg; Amougou, Akoa; Tchouankoué, Jean Pierre; Heilmeier, Hermann

    2009-02-01

    Soils and selected edible plants of the Noun river catchment basin of western Cameroon were sampled to investigate the distribution of trace elements, based on the preliminary idea of unusual anomalies. Analytical techniques for trace elements included ICP-AES, GF-AAS, and ICP-MS. Further soil analyses comprised the mineralogy and contents of the biogenic elements carbon, nitrogen and sulphur (CNS). The trace element concentrations in the soils reflect those of the lithogeochemical background of the pluto-volcanic rocks of the region. This is consistent with the results from the mineralogical analyses and physicochemical parameters such as pH, taken in the field, which also do not suggest any geochemical anomaly. Most trace elements analyzed in the plants showed concentrations that reflect those of the soils (Al, Fe, Ti, and Rb). However, some trace elements were enriched in the plants as compared to the soils, such as Zn, Cu, Cd, Mo (excluding yam), Ni (peanut), Ba (peanut), Sr (peanut, bean), and B. Trace elements such as As, Cr, V, and Se were not bioavailable for all the analyzed plants. Besides, trace elements such as Cu, Zn, Mo, Fe, Al, Ni, B, Ti, Rb, Cs, and Ba were in the range of phytotoxicity and reached or exceeded human food tolerance level (Cu). The plants with seeds showed a higher absorption of trace elements compared to plants with tubercles.

  19. A Lagrangian Analysis of the Atmospheric Branch of the Global Water Cycle. Part II: Moisture Transports between Earth's Ocean Basins and River Catchments

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    Andreas Stohl; Paul James

    2005-01-01

    A diagnostic Lagrangian method to trace the budgets of freshwater fluxes, first described in Part I of this article, is used here to establish source-sink relationships of moisture between earth's ocean basins and river catchments. Using the Lagrangian particle dispersion model FLEXPART, driven with meteorological analyses, 1.1 million particles, representing the mass of the atmosphere, were tracked over a period

  20. A preliminary model for predicting heavy metal contaminant loading from an urban catchment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yi Yuan; Ken Hall; Carolyn Oldham

    2001-01-01

    The toxicity of heavy metals to biota in urban catchments has been regarded as a very important non-point source pollution issue. Numerous studies on heavy metal pollution in urban receiving waters have found that metal transport by surface runoff is closely correlated to the partitioning of the metal forms between dissolved and particulate phases, where sediment plays an important role

  1. Monitoring of fluvial transport in small upland catchments - methods and preliminary results

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    Janicki, Grzegorz; Rodzik, Jan; Chabudzi?ski, ?ukasz; Franczak, ?ukasz; Si?uch, Marcin; St?pniewski, Krzysztof; Dyer, Jamie L.; Ko?odziej, Grzegorz; Maciejewska, Ewa

    2014-06-01

    In April 2011 a study was initiated, financed from resources of the Polish National Science Centre, entitled: ‘Rainstorm prediction and mathematic modelling of their environmental and social-economical effects’ (No. NN/306571640). The study, implemented by a Polish-American team, covers meteorological research, including: (1) monitoring of single cell storms developing in various synoptic situations, (2) detection of their movement courses, and (3) estimation of parameters of their rain field. Empirical studies, including hydrological and geomorphological measurements, are conducted in objects researched thoroughly in physiographic terms (experimental catchments) in the Lublin region (SE Poland), distinguished by high frequency of occurrence of the events described. For comparative purposes, studies are also carried out on selected model areas in the lower course of the Mississippi River valley (USA), in a region with high frequency of summer rainstorms. For detailed studies on sediment transport processes during rainstorm events, catchments of low hydrological rank and their sub-catchments in a cascade system were selected. For the basic, relatively uniform geomorpho logical units distinguished this way, erosion and deposition balance of material transported was determined. The aim of work was to determine influence of weather condition on fluvial transport rate in small catchment with low hydrological order

  2. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States: Average Atmospheric (Wet) Deposition of Inorganic Nitrogen, 2002

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the average atmospheric (wet) deposition, in kilograms per square kilometer, of inorganic nitrogen for the year 2002 compiled for every catchment for MRB_E2RF1 of Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). The source data set for wet deposition was from the USGS's raster data set atmospheric (wet) deposition of inorganic nitrogen for 2002 (Gronberg, 2005). The MRB_E2RF1 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ERF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011). Data were compiled for every catchment of MRB_E2RF1 catchments for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  3. Environmental isotopic and hydrochemical characteristics of groundwater from the Sandspruit Catchment, Berg River Basin, South Africa.

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    Naicker, S; Demlie, M

    2014-01-01

    The Sandspruit catchment (a tributary of the Berg River) represents a drainage system, whereby saline groundwater with total dissolved solids (TDS) up to 10,870 mg/l, and electrical conductivity (EC) up to 2,140 mS/m has been documented. The catchment belongs to the winter rainfall region with precipitation seldom exceeding 400 mm/yr, as such, groundwater recharge occurs predominantly from May to August. Recharge estimation using the catchment water-balance method, chloride mass balance method, and qualified guesses produced recharge rates between 8 and 70 mm/yr. To understand the origin, occurrence and dynamics of the saline groundwater, a coupled analysis of major ion hydrochemistry and environmental isotopes (?(18)O, ?(2)H and (3)H) data supported by conventional hydrogeological information has been undertaken. These spatial and multi-temporal hydrochemical and environmental isotope data provided insight into the origin, mechanisms and spatial evolution of the groundwater salinity. These data also illustrate that the saline groundwater within the catchment can be attributed to the combined effects of evaporation, salt dissolution, and groundwater mixing. The salinity of the groundwater tends to vary seasonally and evolves in the direction of groundwater flow. The stable isotope signatures further indicate two possible mechanisms of recharge; namely, (1) a slow diffuse type modern recharge through a relatively low permeability material as explained by heavy isotope signal and (2) a relatively quick recharge prior to evaporation from a distant high altitude source as explained by the relatively depleted isotopic signal and sub-modern to old tritium values. PMID:24552734

  4. Evaluation and inter-comparison of Global Climate Models’ performance over Katonga and Ruizi catchments in Lake Victoria basin

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    Nyeko-Ogiramoi, P.; Ngirane-Katashaya, G.; Willems, P.; Ntegeka, V.

    Regional impact assessments of climate change on hydrological extremes require robust examinations of climate model simulations. The climate models may satisfy mean statistics but fail to reproduce extreme quantiles which are crucial for applications of climate change impact analysis on water resources. Through statistical analysis, this paper evaluates and inter-compares the performance of Global Climate Model (GCM) simulations for their ability to predict changes in hydrological extremes for given locations or catchments in the Nile basin. Two catchments were considered: Katonga and Ruizi catchments in the Lake Victoria basin. Models that differ significantly from the observed extremes were considered unreliable for impact assessments on hydrological extremes. A graphical approach (rainfall quantile/frequency analysis), which allows for easy spotting of discordant models, in combination with several statistics, was used to evaluate 18 GCM control simulations against observed rainfall data. Standard deviation, coefficient of variation and root mean squared error (about the mean) of the observed rainfall, were used to derive error margins against which GCM simulations were evaluated. Model results outside the error margins were considered inconsistent with the observed rainfall. Model inter-comparison was also carried out for the rainfall change projections till the 2050s and 2090s through analysis of perturbations and percentage changes based on A1B, A2, and B1 SRES scenarios. It is noted that the GCM outputs are more consistent in reproducing rainfall signatures at annual aggregation level than at monthly aggregation levels with tendency of overestimation of the rainfall depths but with significant variation among different GCM simulations. The GCMs perform better in reproducing rainfall frequency with higher return periods compared with lower return periods. Most of the GCMs perform better for the wet months than the drier months. The GCMs CGCM3.2a, CM3.O, CM4.1, PCM1, CGCM3.1T47, MIROC3.2.HIRES, CCSM3.0 and FGOALS, are the most inconsistent with the observed rainfall for both catchments. Good performing models are MK3.5, MK3.0, ECHAM5, CM2.1U.H2 and CM2.0. In general, most GCMs perform poorly for both catchments. This signals the need for significant improvements in the rainfall modelling of the climate models for the study region. There is no strong evidence to suggest that GCM performance improves with higher spatial resolution. Models which are highly inconsistent with other models in reproducing the observed rainfall are not necessarily inconsistent with other models in the future projections. Differences in projections for the A1B, B2, and B1 scenarios were found to be smaller than the differences between the GCM simulations.

  5. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States: Basin Characteristics, 2002 Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: tabular digital data

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents basin characteristics for the year 2002 compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment of selected Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). These characteristics are reach catchment shape index, stream density, sinuosity, mean elevation, mean slope and number of road-stream crossings. The source data sets are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) RF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011) and the U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER/Line Files (U.S. Census Bureau,2006). The MRB_E2RF1 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ERF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011). Data were compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  6. Landslide hazard and risk mapping at catchment scale in the Arno River basin

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. Catani; N. Casagli; L. Ermini; G. Righini; G. Menduni

    2005-01-01

    We present the methodologies adopted and the outcomes obtained in the analysis of landslide risk in the basin of the Arno\\u000a River (Central Italy) in the framework of a project sponsored by the Basin Authority of the Arno River, started in the year\\u000a 2002 and completed at the beginning of 2005. In particular, a complete set of methods and applications

  7. Seismic Response of a Sedimentary Basin: Preliminary Results from Strong Motion Downhole Array in Taipei Basin

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    Young, B.; Chen, K.; Chiu, J.

    2013-12-01

    The Strong Motion Downhole Array (SMDA) is an array of 32 triggered strong motion broadband seismometers located at eight sites in Taipei Basin. Each site features three to five co-located three-component accelerometers--one at the surface and an additional two to four each down independent boreholes. Located in the center of Taipei Basin is Taipei City and the Taipei metropolitan area, the capital of Taiwan and home to more than 7 million residents. Taipei Basin is in a major seismic hazard area and is prone to frequent large earthquakes producing strong ground motion. This unique three-dimension seismic array presents new frontiers for seismic research in Taiwan and, along with it, new challenges. Frequency-dependent and site-specific amplification of seismic waves from depth to surface has been observed: preliminary results indicate that the top few tens of meters of sediment--not the entire thickness--are responsible for significant frequency-dependent amplification; amplitudes of seismic waves at the surface may be as much as seven times that at depth. Dominant amplification frequencies are interpreted as quarter-wavelength constructive interference between the surface and major interfaces in the sediments. Using surface stations with known orientation as a reference, borehole seismometer orientations in these data--which are unknown, and some of which vary considerably from event to event--have been determined using several methods. After low-pass filtering the strong motion data, iteratively rotating the two horizontal components from an individual borehole station and cross-correlating them with that from a co-located surface station has proven to be very effective. In cases where the iterative cross-correlation method does not provide a good fit, rotating both surface and borehole stations to a common axis of maximum seismic energy provides an alternative approach. The orientation-offset of a borehole station relative to the surface station may be estimated by iteratively rotating the horizontal components of both and calculating the time-integral of the amplitude squared of each component; the difference in orientation between the maximum at the surface and at depth indicates the difference in orientation of the seismometers. After the horizontal orientations of borehole seismometers are correctly resolved, these data can be used in various scientific studies. Up-going and reflected down-going shear waves can be clearly identified, providing an excellent dataset for the study of interval velocity and seismic Q, localized shear wave splitting, and anisotropy. Further refinement of the geophysical structure of Taipei Basin and Northern Taiwan is also possible by combining data from the SMDA with that from the large array of surface stations maintained by the Central Weather Bureau.

  8. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States: Hydrologic Landscape Regions

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the area of Hydrologic Landscape Regions (HLR) compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment of the Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). The source data set is a 100-meter version of Hydrologic Landscape Regions of the United States (Wolock, 2003). HLR groups watersheds on the basis of similarities in land-surface form, geologic texture, and climate characteristics. The MRB_E2RF1 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ERF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011). Data were compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  9. Post-wildfire recovery of water yield in the Sydney Basin water supply catchments: An assessment of the 2001/2002 wildfires

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    Heath, J. T.; Chafer, C. J.; van Ogtrop, F. F.; Bishop, T. F. A.

    2014-11-01

    Wildfire is a recurring event which has been acknowledged by the literature to impact the hydrological cycle of a catchment. Hence, wildfire may have a significant impact on water yield levels within a catchment. In Australia, studies of the effect of fire on water yield have been limited to obligate seeder vegetation communities. These communities regenerate from seed banks in the ground or within woody fruits and are generally activated by fire. In contrast, the Sydney Basin is dominated by obligate resprouter communities. These communities regenerate from fire resistant buds found on the plant and are generally found in regions where wildfire is a regular occurrence. The 2001/2002 wildfires in the Sydney Basin provided an opportunity to investigate the impacts of wildfire on water yield in a number of catchments dominated by obligate resprouting communities. The overall aim of this study was to investigate whether there was a difference in water yield post-wildfire. Four burnt subcatchments and 3 control subcatchments were assessed. A general additive model was calibrated using pre-wildfire data and then used to predict post-wildfire water yield using post-wildfire data. The model errors were analysed and it was found that the errors for all subcatchments showed similar trends for the post-wildfire period. This finding demonstrates that wildfires within the Sydney Basin have no significant medium-term impact on water yield.

  10. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States: Mean Infiltration-Excess Overland Flow, 2002

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the mean value for infiltration-excess overland flow as estimated by the watershed model TOPMODEL, compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment of the Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). The source data set is Infiltration-Excess Overland Flow Estimated by TOPMODEL for the Conterminous United States (Wolock, 2003). The MRB_E2RF1 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ERF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011). Data were compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  11. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States: Estimated Mean Annual Natural Groundwater Recharge, 2002

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the mean annual natural groundwater recharge, in millimeters, compiled for every MRB_E2RF1catchment of selected Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). The source data set is Estimated Mean Annual Natural Ground-Water Recharge in the Conterminous United States (Wolock, 2003). The MRB_E2RF1 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ERF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011). Data were compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  12. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States: Mean Annual R-factor, 1971-2000

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the average annual R-factor, rainfall-runoff erosivity measure, compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment of selected Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). The source data are from Christopher Daly of the Spatial Climate Analysis Service, Oregon State University, and George Taylor of the Oregon Climate Service, Oregon State University (2002). The ERF1_2 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ERF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011). Data were compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  13. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments in Selected Major River Basins of the Conterminous United States: Contact Time, 2002

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the average contact time, in units of days, compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment of Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). Contact time, as described in Vitvar and others (2002), is defined as the baseflow residence time in the subsurface. The source data set was the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) 1-kilometer grid for the conterminous United States (D.M. Wolock, U.S. Geological Survey, written commun., 2008). The MRB_E2RF1 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) RF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011). Data were compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  14. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States: STATSGO Soil Characteristics

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents estimated soil variables compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment of selected Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). The variables included are cation exchange capacity, percent calcium carbonate, slope, water-table depth, soil thickness, hydrologic soil group, soil erodibility (k-factor), permeability, average water capacity, bulk density, percent organic material, percent clay, percent sand, and percent silt. The source data set is the State Soil ( STATSGO ) Geographic Database (Wolock, 1997). The MRB_E2RF1 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ERF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011). Data were compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  15. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States: Normalized Atmospheric Deposition for 2002, Total Inorganic Nitrogen

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the average normalized atmospheric (wet) deposition, in kilograms per square kilometer multiplied by 100, of Total Inorganic Nitrogen for the year 2002 compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment of selected Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). Estimates of Total Inorganic Nitrogen deposition are based on National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) measurements (B. Larsen, U.S. Geological Survey, written. commun., 2007). De-trending methods applied to the year 2002 are described in Alexander and others, 2001. NADP site selection met the following criteria: stations must have records from 1995 to 2002 and have a minimum of 30 observations. The MRB_E2RF1 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ERF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011). Data were compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  16. Estimation of the Relative Severity of Floods in Small Ungauged Catchments for Preliminary Observations on Flash Flood Preparedness: A Case Study in Korea

    PubMed Central

    Kim, Eung Seok; Choi, Hyun Il

    2012-01-01

    An increase in the occurrence of sudden local flooding of great volume and short duration has caused significant danger and loss of life and property in Korea as well as many other parts of the World. Since such floods usually accompanied by rapid runoff and debris flow rise quite quickly with little or no advance warning to prevent flood damage, this study presents a new flash flood indexing methodology to promptly provide preliminary observations regarding emergency preparedness and response to flash flood disasters in small ungauged catchments. Flood runoff hydrographs are generated from a rainfall-runoff model for the annual maximum rainfall series of long-term observed data in the two selected small ungauged catchments. The relative flood severity factors quantifying characteristics of flood runoff hydrographs are standardized by the highest recorded maximum value, and then averaged to obtain the flash flood index only for flash flood events in each study catchment. It is expected that the regression equations between the proposed flash flood index and rainfall characteristics can provide the basis database of the preliminary information for forecasting the local flood severity in order to facilitate flash flood preparedness in small ungauged catchments. PMID:22690208

  17. Estimation of the relative severity of floods in small ungauged catchments for preliminary observations on flash flood preparedness: a case study in Korea.

    PubMed

    Kim, Eung Seok; Choi, Hyun Il

    2012-04-01

    An increase in the occurrence of sudden local flooding of great volume and short duration has caused significant danger and loss of life and property in Korea as well as many other parts of the World. Since such floods usually accompanied by rapid runoff and debris flow rise quite quickly with little or no advance warning to prevent flood damage, this study presents a new flash flood indexing methodology to promptly provide preliminary observations regarding emergency preparedness and response to flash flood disasters in small ungauged catchments. Flood runoff hydrographs are generated from a rainfall-runoff model for the annual maximum rainfall series of long-term observed data in the two selected small ungauged catchments. The relative flood severity factors quantifying characteristics of flood runoff hydrographs are standardized by the highest recorded maximum value, and then averaged to obtain the flash flood index only for flash flood events in each study catchment. It is expected that the regression equations between the proposed flash flood index and rainfall characteristics can provide the basis database of the preliminary information for forecasting the local flood severity in order to facilitate flash flood preparedness in small ungauged catchments. PMID:22690208

  18. Preliminary catalog of the sedimentary basins of the United States

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    Coleman, James L., Jr.; Cahan, Steven M.

    2012-01-01

    One hundred forty-four sedimentary basins (or groups of basins) in the United States (both onshore and offshore) are identified, located, and briefly described as part of a Geographic Information System (GIS) data base in support of the Geologic Carbon Dioxide Sequestration National Assessment Project (Brennan and others, 2010). This catalog of basins is designed to provide a check list and basic geologic framework for compiling more detailed geologic and reservoir engineering data for this project and other future investigations.

  19. Catchment-scale contaminant transport under changing hydro-climatic conditions in the Aral Sea Drainage Basin, Central Asia

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    Jarsjö, Jerker; Törnqvist, Rebecka; Su, Ye

    2013-04-01

    Dependable projections of future water availability and quality are essential in the management of water resources. Changes in land use, water use and climate can have large impacts on water and contaminant flows across extensive catchments that may contain different administrative regions where shared water resources must be managed. We consider the extensive Aral Sea Drainage Basin (ASDB) and the Amu Darya River Delta in Central Asia, which are currently under severe water stress due to large-scale irrigation expansion. We interpret data on hydro-climatic conditions, main contaminants of surface water and shallow groundwater systems, location of rivers and canal networks, and groundwater flow directions. The data are used together with climate change projections from general circulation models (GCMs) as input to hydrological and (advective) transport modelling. The main goal is to assess how regional transport pathways and travel times have changed, and are likely to change further, in response to past and projected future hydro-climatic changes. More specifically, the hydrological modelling was based on temperature and precipitation change (?T and ?P) results from 65 GCM projections of 21st century conditions (specifically considering time periods around 2025, 2050, and 2100), relative to reference conditions around 1975 (taken from the reference period 1961-1990). Whereas ?T is robustly projected to increase with time, the projected magnitude of ?P differs more among projections for the distant future (2100) than for the near future (2025), with uncertainty remaining even about the direction of change (i.e., positive or negative ?P). However, mainly due to the projected temperature-driven increases in evapotranspiration, ensemble average results show that the Amu Darya river discharge Q in the downstream ASDB is likely to show a decreasing trend throughout the 21st century. Notably, projected changes in the upstream, mountainous regions have a relatively large impact on these Q-projections. For example, the locally created runoff of the downstream region is projected to be maintained or even increase slightly, in contrast to the decreasing Q-trend that reflects an integrated, average response of the entire catchment. A continued drying of surface waters within the Amu Darya river delta implies that advective travel times are increasingly governed by the groundwater system. Such diminished exchanges with surface waters imply increased mean travel times from shallow groundwaters to the (drying) river and drainage canal network by an order of magnitude (from months to years). This can considerably influence mass flow and retention of contaminants in the river delta region, which suffers from e.g. copper, chromium and lead contamination.

  20. Integrating dynamic ecohydrological relations with the catchment response: A multi-scale hydrological modeling effort in a monsoonal regime basin

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    Mendez-Barroso, L. A.; Vivoni, E.; Robles-Morua, A.; Yepez, E. A.; Rodriguez, J. C.; Watts, C.; Saiz-Hernandez, J.

    2013-05-01

    Seasonal vegetation changes highly affect the energy and hydrologic fluxes in semiarid regions around the world. Accounting for different water use strategies among drought-deciduous ecosystems is important for understanding how these exploit the temporally brief and localized rainfall pulses of the North American Monsoon (NAM). Furthermore, quantifying these plant-water relations can help elucidate the spatial patterns of ecohydrological processes at catchment scale in the NAM region. In this effort, we focus on the San Miguel river basin (~ 3500 km2) in Sonora, Mexico, which exhibits seasonal vegetation greening that varies across ecosystems organized along mountain fronts. To assess the spatial variability of ecohydrological conditions, we relied on diverse tools that included multi-temporal remote sensing observations, model-based meteorological forcing, ground-based water and energy flux measurements and hydrologic simulations carried out at multiple scales. We evaluated the impact of seasonal vegetation dynamics on evapotranspiration (ET), its partitioning into soil evaporation (E) and plant transpiration (T), as well as their spatiotemporal patterns over the course of the NAM season. We utilized ground observations of soil moisture and evapotranspiration estimated by the eddy covariance method at two sites, as well as inferences of ET partitioning from stable isotope measurements, to test the numerical simulations. We found that ecosystem phenological differences lead to variations in the time to peak in transpiration during a season and in the overall seasonal ratio of transpiration to evapotranspiration (T/ET). A sensitivity analysis of the numerical simulations revealed that vegetation cover and the soil moisure threshold at which stomata close exert strong controls on the seasonal dominance of transpiration or evaporation. The dynamics of ET and its partitioning are then mapped spatially revealing that mountain front ecosystems utilize water differently. The results of this study aid in understanding how variations in water use and phenological strategies affect how soil water is returned to the atmosphere with implications on the watershed runoff response.

  1. Measuring fallout radionuclides to constrain the origin and the dynamics of suspended sediment in an agricultural drained catchment (Loire River basin, France)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Le Gall, Marion; Evrard, Olivier; Foucher, Anthony; Laceby, J. Patrick; Salvador-Blanes, Sébastien; Lefèvre, Irène; Cerdan, Olivier; Ayrault, Sophie

    2015-04-01

    Soil erosion reaches problematic levels in agricultural areas of Northwestern Europe where tile drains may accelerate sediment transfer to rivers. This supply of large quantities of fine sediment to the river network leads to the degradation of water quality by increasing water turbidity, filling reservoirs and transporting contaminants. Agricultural patterns and landscapes features have been largely modified by human activities during the last century. To investigate erosion and sediment transport in lowland drained areas, a small catchment, the Louroux (24 km²), located in the French Loire River basin was selected. In this catchment, channels have been reshaped and more than 220 tile drains outlets have been installed after World War II. As a result, soil erosion and sediment fluxes strongly increased. Sediment supply needs to be better understood by quantifying the contribution of sources and the residence times of particles within the catchment. To this end, a network of river monitoring stations was installed, and fallout radionuclides (Cs-137, excess Pb-210 and Be-7) were measured in rainwater (n=3), drain tile outlets (n=4), suspended sediment (n=15), soil surface (n=30) and channel bank samples (n=15) between January 2013 and February 2014. Cs-137 concentrations were used to quantify the contribution of surface vs. subsurface sources of sediment. Results show a clear dominance of particles originating from surface sources (99 ± 1%). Be-7 and excess Pb-210 concentrations and calculation of Be-7/excess Pb-210 ratios in rainfall and suspended sediment samples were used to estimate percentages of recently eroded sediment in rivers. The first erosive winter storm mainly exported sediment depleted in Be-7 that likely deposited on the riverbed during the previous months. Then, during the subsequent floods, sediment was directly eroded and exported to the catchment outlet. Our results show the added value of combining spatial and temporal tracers to characterize and quantify sources of sediment and particle transport processes within an agricultural catchment.

  2. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States: NLCD 2001 Tree Canopy

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the mean percent tree canopy from the Canopy Layer of the National Land Cover Dataset 2001 (LaMotte and Wieczorek, 2010), compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment of Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). The source data set represents tree canopy percentage for the conterminous United States for 2001. The Canopy Layer of the National Land Cover Data Set for 2001 was produced through a cooperative project conducted by the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics (MRLC) Consortium. The MRLC Consortium is a partnership of Federal agencies (http://www.mrlc.gov), consisting of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The MRB_E2RF1 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ERF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011). Data were compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  3. Debris-flow frequency and dynamics of an Alpine catchment during the past 150 years, the Schimbrig drainage basin, Central Switzerland

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    Savi, Sara; Bollschweiler, Michelle; Stoffel, Markus; Schlunegger, Fritz

    2010-05-01

    This paper focuses on links between landsliding and debris-flow activity in a ca. 4 km2-large drainage basin located at the northern foothills of the Central Swiss Alps. Debris-flow frequency of the recent past was reconstructed using dendrogeomorphic methods. In addition, the source area was mapped in detail to assess the spatial distribution of landslides, and to determine the connectivity between hillslopes and the channel network. The geomorphic map indicates that the hillslopes host abundant landslides sourced in Paleogene Flysch and Molasse sandstone-mudstone alternations. Major differences in the landscape architecture between the eastern and western sides were identified. In particular, the eastern segment is characterized by a >300'000 m2 large earth flow (Schimbrig landslide) that is 5-10 m deep. This flow experienced a phase of high slip rates >2m day-1 between September 1994 and May 1995, transferring a total of 350'000 m3 of material. In contrast, the western side is characterized by a network of deeply incised channels (>50 m) bordered by hillslopes that host landslides that generally measure <15'000 m2. On these hillslopes, the downslope transfer of sediment is dominated by soil creep or by rotational and translational slip. The depositional fan at the outlet of the catchment has an approximate size of 50'000 m2. The surface is characterized by levees, lobes and channels and is covered by a conifer forest comprising spruces (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) and firs (Abies alba Mill.). A total of 325 increment cores were sampled from 162 trees obviously influenced by past debris-flow activity. Preliminary analysis of the tree samples indicate that 64% of the tree grew up between 1900 and 2009. 34% of the tree samples showed germination dates between 1800 and 1900, and the remaining 2% of the sampled specimens germinated before 1800. Dendrogeomorphic analyses depict that nearly 50% of the sampled trees were affected by debris-flow activity in the 1990s. This period of high activity might be related to enhanced sediment transfer to the river system in response to the high slip rates of the Schimbrig earth slide between 1994 and 1995. Other periods of enhanced debris-flows activity seem to have occurred around 1960, 1950, 1940 and at the end of 19th century.

  4. Selected examples of needs for long term pilot areas in Mediterranean catchments: a mountain traditional agricultural system and a large and regulated hydrographic basin in Southern Spain

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    José Polo, María; Herrero, Javier; Millares, Agustín; José Pérez-Palazón, María; Pimentel, Rafael; Aguilar, Cristina; Jurado, Alicia; Contreras, Eva; Gómez-Beas, Raquel; Carpintero, Miriam; Gulliver, Zacarías

    2015-04-01

    Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM) aims at planning water, land and other natural resources for an equitable and sustainable management, also capable of preserving or restoring freshwater ecosystems. Long term series of significant variables at different scales and a sound knowledge of the river basin processes are needed to establish the current state and past&future evolution of the hydrological system, soil use and vegetation distribution, and their social impacts and feedbacks. This is particularly crucial if future scenario analyses are to be performed to assess decision-making processes and adaptive plans. This work highlights the need for an adequate design and development of process-oriented monitoring systems at the basin scale in a decision-making framework. First, the hydrologic monitoring network of the Guadalfeo River Basin, in the southern face of Sierra Nevada Range (Spain), is shown, in a pilot catchment of 1300 km2 in which snow processes in Mediterranean conditions have been studied over the last ten years with a holistic approach. The network development and the main features of the dataset are described together with their use for different scientific and environmental applications; their benefits for assessing social and economic impact in the rural environment are shown from a study case in which the sustainability of ancient channels fed by snowmelt, in use since the XIIIth century for traditional irrigated crops in the mountainous area, was assessed in a future scenarios analyses. Secondly, the standard flow and water quality monitoring networks in the Guadalquivir River Basin, a large (57400 km2) and highly regulated agricultural catchment in southern Spain, are shown, and their strengths and weaknessess for an IRBM framework are analysed. Sediments and selected pollutants are used to trace soil erosion and agricultural/urban exports throughout the catchment, and the final loads to the river estuary in the Atlantic Ocean are assessed for the last 35 years. Both study areas require an integrated monitoring approach for future scenarios assessment, adaptive actions programming, and especially for the follow up of their short and long term effects and required corrections.

  5. Effects of Catchment and Riparian Landscape Setting on Water Chemistry and Seasonal Evolution of Water Quality in the Upper Han River Basin, China

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    Li, Siyue; Xia, Xiaoling; Tan, Xiang; Zhang, Quanfa

    2013-01-01

    Six-year (2005–2010) evolution of water chemistry (Cl?, NO3?, SO42?, HCO3?, Na+, K+, Ca2+ and Mg2+) and their interactions with morphological properties (i.e., slope and area), land cover, and hydrological seasonality were examined to identify controlling factors and processes governing patterns of stream water quality in the upper Han River, China. Correlation analysis and stepwise multiple regression models revealed significant correlations between ions (i.e., Cl?, SO42?, Na+ and K+) and land cover (i.e., vegetation and bare land) over the entire catchment in both high- and low-flow periods, and in the buffer zone the correlation was much more stronger in the low-flow period. Catchment with steeper slope (>15°) was negatively correlated with major ions, largely due to multicollinearity of basin characteristics. Land cover within the buffer zone explained slightly less of major elements than at catchment scale in the rainy season, whereas in the dry season, land cover along the river networks in particular this within 100 m riparian zone much better explained major elements rather than this over the entire catchment. Anthropogenic land uses (i.e., urban and agriculture) however could not explain water chemical variables, albeit EC, TDS, anthropogenic markers (Cl?, NO3?, SO42), Na+, K+ and Ca2+ significantly increased during 2005–2010, which was corroborated by principal component analyses (PCA) that indicated anthropogenic inputs. Observations demonstrated much higher solute concentrations in the industrial-polluted river. Our results suggested that seasonal evolution of water quality in combined with spatial analysis at multiple scales should be a vital part of identifying the controls on spatio-temporal patterns of water quality. PMID:23349700

  6. Preliminary assessment of the Lago Mercedes discovery, Magallanes Basin, Chile

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    Dean, J.S. (Advantage Resources, Denver, CO (United States)); Wilson, J.T.; Mainzer, G.F. (Anderman-Smith, Denver, CO (United States)); Escobar, F.; Aguirre, G. (ENAP, Punta Arenas (Chile))

    1993-02-01

    The Lago Mercedes No. 1 well, spudded January 17, 1991, was positioned to test a seismically defined structural culmination located along a blind thrust near the deep foreland axis of the western magallanes Basin. This fault, which defines the leading edge of Andean-related thrust detachment in the region, is responsible for a trap geometry that is genetically related to, but fundamentally different from the numerous unrooted Tertiary folds in the area. Although the Lower Cretaceous Springhill Formation comprised the primary target, it was anticipated that the geometry of the fold allowed for the possibility of several fractured intervals in the hanging wall, including volcaniclastic rocks of the underlying Jurassic Tobifera [open quotes]basement[close quotes] sequence, recently found to be productive elsewhere on the eastern platform of the basin. During drilling of the well, gas and condensate shows were encountered in numerous horizons. The most surprising of these later proved to be a Permo-Triassic granodiorite underlying the Tobifera. Although relatively widespread on outcrop, this represents the first time a pre-rift intrusive body has been penetrated in the subsurface. All of the hydrocarbon-bearing intervals exhibit minimal matrix porosity but varying degrees of fracturing. Subsequent testing of the well yielded combined flow rates of in excess of 12 MMCFD of rich gas and 1140 BPD of 52 A.P.I. condensate. The most prolific zone corresponds to an intensely fractured and partially weathered interval in the uppermost portion of the intrusive. Additional testing is planned prior to any estimate of recoverable reserves. Nevertheless, this unique accumulation underscored the possibility for nonconventional reservoirs throughout the lightly explored Sub-Andean basin trend, particularly fold-thrust belts which have the potential to [open quotes]create[close quotes] reservoirs and trap geometry simultaneously.

  7. Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States: Artificial Drainage (1992) and Irrigation (1997)

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the estimated area of artifical drainage for the year 1992 and irrigation types for the year 1997 compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment of Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). The source data sets were derived from tabular National Resource Inventory (NRI) data sets created by the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1995, 2000). Artificial drainage is defined as subsurface drains and ditches. Irrigation types are defined as gravity and pressure. Subsurface drains are described as conduits, such as corrugated plastic tubing, tile, or pipe, installed beneath the ground surface to collect and/or convey drainage. Surface drainage field ditches are described as graded ditches for collecting excess water. Gravity irrigation source is described as irrigation delivered to the farm and/or field by canals or pipelines open to the atmosphere; and water is distributed by the force of gravity down the field by: (1) A surface irrigation system (border, basin, furrow, corrugation, wild flooding, etc.) or (2) Sub-surface irrigation pipelines or ditches. Pressure irrigation source is described as irrigation delivered to the farm and/or field in pump or elevation-induced pressure pipelines, and water is distributed across the field by: (1) Sprinkle irrigation (center pivot, linear move, traveling gun, side roll, hand move, big gun, or fixed set sprinklers), or (2) Micro irrigation (drip emitters, continuous tube bubblers, micro spray or micro sprinklers). NRI data do not include Federal lands and are thus excluded from this dataset. The tabular data for drainage were spatially apportioned to the National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD, Kerie Hitt, U.S. Geological Survey, written commun., 2005) and the tabular data for irrigation were spatially apportioned to an enhanced version of the National Land Cover Dataset (NLCDe, Nakagaki and others, 2007). The MRB_E2RF1 catchments are based on a modified version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) ERF1_2 and include enhancements to support national and regional-scale surface-water quality modeling (Nolan and others, 2002; Brakebill and others, 2011). Data were compiled for every MRB_E2RF1 catchment for the conterminous United States covering New England and Mid-Atlantic (MRB1), South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee (MRB2), the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy (MRB3), the Missouri (MRB4), the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf (MRB5), the Rio Grande, Colorado, and the Great basin (MRB6), the Pacific Northwest (MRB7) river basins, and California (MRB8).

  8. Lower Permian Dry Mountain trough, eastern Nevada: preliminary basin analysis

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    Schwarz, D.L.; Snyder, W.S.; Spinosa, C.

    1987-08-01

    The Lower Permian Dry Mountain trough (DMT) is one of several basins that developed during the Late Pennsylvanian to Permian along the western edge of the North American continent. A tectonic mechanism has been suggested for the subsidence of the DMT, possibly due to reactivation of the Antler orogenic belt during the waning stages of Ancestral Rocky Mountain deformation. The DMT records marked subsidence with the appearance during the Artinskian (latest Wolfcampian) of a deeper water facies that consists of thin-bedded silty micrites and micritic mudstones rich in radiolarians and sponge spicules, characterized by a relative abundance of ammonoids, and rarer conodonts and Nereites ichnofacies trace fossils. Taxa recovered from a distinctive concretionary horizon at various locations provide an Artinskian datum on which to palinspastically reconstruct the DMT paleogeography. These taxa include ammonoids: Uraloceras, Medlicottia, Marathonites, Crimites, Metalegoceras, properrinitids; and conodonts: Neogondolella bisselli, Sweetognathus whitei, S. behnkeni, and Diplognathodus stevensi. The western margin facies of the DMT consists of Permian Carbon Ridge/Garden Valley Formations. Here, lowermost black Artinskianage euxinic micrites, considered a potential source rock for petroleum generation, are overlain by base-of-slope carbonate apron deposits, which, in turn, are overlain by base-of-slope carbonate apron deposits, which, in turn, are overlain by a thick, eastwardly prograding conglomerate wedge. Seismic profiles across Diamond Valley indicate a 3.0-4.6-km thick Tertiary sequence above the Paleozoic strata.

  9. Historical catchment changes and temporal impact on sediment of the receiving basin, Port Jackson, New South Wales

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    S. E. Taylor; G. F. Birch; F. Links

    2004-01-01

    Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) is a major deep?water estuary on the central New South Wales coast and is surrounded by a highly urbanised and industrialised catchment. Concentrations of trace metals and organochlorine pesticide residues are high in sediment in the upper reaches of the estuary. Historical fluxes of contaminants into the estuary were determined by radio?isotopic dating of 12 sediment

  10. Estimation of design floods in ungauged catchments using a regional index flood method. A case study of Lake Victoria Basin in Kenya

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    Nobert, Joel; Mugo, Margaret; Gadain, Hussein

    Reliable estimation of flood magnitudes corresponding to required return periods, vital for structural design purposes, is impacted by lack of hydrological data in the study area of Lake Victoria Basin in Kenya. Use of regional information, derived from data at gauged sites and regionalized for use at any location within a homogenous region, would improve the reliability of the design flood estimation. Therefore, the regional index flood method has been applied. Based on data from 14 gauged sites, a delineation of the basin into two homogenous regions was achieved using elevation variation (90-m DEM), spatial annual rainfall pattern and Principal Component Analysis of seasonal rainfall patterns (from 94 rainfall stations). At site annual maximum series were modelled using the Log normal (LN) (3P), Log Logistic Distribution (LLG), Generalized Extreme Value (GEV) and Log Pearson Type 3 (LP3) distributions. The parameters of the distributions were estimated using the method of probability weighted moments. Goodness of fit tests were applied and the GEV was identified as the most appropriate model for each site. Based on the GEV model, flood quantiles were estimated and regional frequency curves derived from the averaged at site growth curves. Using the least squares regression method, relationships were developed between the index flood, which is defined as the Mean Annual Flood (MAF) and catchment characteristics. The relationships indicated area, mean annual rainfall and altitude were the three significant variables that greatly influence the index flood. Thereafter, estimates of flood magnitudes in ungauged catchments within a homogenous region were estimated from the derived equations for index flood and quantiles from the regional curves. These estimates will improve flood risk estimation and to support water management and engineering decisions and actions.

  11. Quantitative assessment of annual runoff in sub?catchments using GIS: a case study of the Tapi River Basin, India

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    A. Sargaonkar; R. Vijay; A. Gupta

    2006-01-01

    The Tapi is a major interstate, westerly flowing river with 14 tributaries, of which the left bank tributaries support large settlements in Maharashtra State. It has been identified as one of the water scarce basins of India. There are many dams and barrages in the basin to store and divert water for agricultural and industrial purposes. This results in low

  12. SUGAR CANE GROWING AND CATTLE GRAZING AS DRIVERS TO WETLAND DEGRADATION IN UGANDA: A case of upper river Ruizi and Iguluibi catchments Lake Victoria basin

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    Nakiyemba Were, Alice; Isabirye, Moses; Mathijs, Erik; Deckers, Jozef; Poesen, Jean

    2010-05-01

    Introduction: This study was conducted with in the framework of the VLIR-OI project with the aim of making contributions to the Diagnosis and Remediation of Land Degradation Processes in the Riparian Zone of Lake Victoria Uganda in view of reducing sediment pollution of the Lake Waters with a special focus on the upper river Ruiz and Iguluibi catchments. The study seeks to investigate Sugarcane growing and cattle grazing as drivers to wetland degradation in light of the current farming systems and practices and their contributions to land degradation and pollution of the Lake Victoria waters. Vegetation especially wetlands improves the resistance to erosion. The removal of riparian vegetation tends to accelerate surface erosion as a result of human activities. Increased erosion with in the catchments due to clearing of wetlands for sugarcane growing and cattle grazing has caused adverse increased sedimentation, degraded the water quality, and reduced the water productivity of the Lake Victoria Basin. Methods: We conducted a qualitative and quantitative study to investigate Sugarcane growing and cattle grazing as drivers to wetland degradation in Uganda in light of the current farming systems and practices and their socio-economic contributions to wetland degradation and pollution of the Lake Victoria waters. Focus group discussions, key informant interviews, semi structured interviews and observations were undertaken with the relevant stakeholders in the community. Results: Findings reveal that in Iguluibi catchment, sugarcane growing is now a major activity indicating land use change since the 1990s. Community members said when planting sugarcane all vegetations including all trees are cut leaving the land bare to allow the tractor to clear the land for cultivation. This has left the land bare without any natural vegetation with increased erosion hence eventually loss of soil fertility and increased sediment pollution to the Lake Victoria waters. As a result of land loosing fertility upland, due to erosion and runoff, most community members have resorted to wetlands for agricultural practices with in the catchment and this has hardly left any natural vegetation to protect the soil and increased runoff to Lake Victoria hence sediment pollution of the lake waters. In the Ruizi catchment, many valleys, the natural vegetation has been cut and the land has been turned into pastureland. The massive expansion of livestock keeping into the low lands mainly covered by wetlands is relatively new (over the last 20 years). Burning of rangelands is a common practice and seasonal swamps are grazed during the dry season This change of land use as far as farming practice is concerned has had a big impact on the water levels of the River Ruizi systems in a number of ways for example: the wetland filter system for sediments and sediment fixed nutrients is compromised; lowering of the water storage capacity of the papyrus swamps as a consequence of drainage, hence surface lowering; river bank erosion of the Ruizi by livestock coming into the river for drinking; pollution of the River Ruizi by livestock defecating into the water while drinking. Due to overstocking of the steep slopes by livestock, the low lands are overgrazed which has resulted in soil erosion, that is, mainly sheet and rill erosion, mass movement below cattle tracks, and stone movement by cattle trampling. The steep slope grazing area has generated substantial runoff, the concentrated flow of which causes gullies that cut through the banana groves. Conclusion Vegetation management of riparian areas especially wetlands in Uganda should conserve and maintain adequate ecological balance of the Lake by reducing on nutrient-loaded fluxes from the riparian zone into the Lake Victoria basin.

  13. Viking bistatic radar observations of the Hellas basin on Mars - Preliminary results

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    Simpson, R. A.; Tyler, G. L.; Brenkle, J. P.; Sue, M.

    1979-01-01

    Preliminary reduction of Viking bistatic radar data gives root-mean-square surface slopes in the Hellas basin on Mars of about 4 deg on horizontal scales averaged over 10 centimeters to 100 meters. This roughness decreases slightly with position along the ground track, south to north. The dielectric constant in this area appears to be approximately 3.1, greater than the Martian average. These values are characteristic of lunar maria and are similar to those found near the Viking Lander site in Chryse with the use of earth-based radar.

  14. Climate change impact on water and salt balances: an assessment of the impact of climate change on catchment salt and water balances in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia

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    Jenet Austin; Lu Zhang; Roger N. Jones; Warrick Dawes; Peter Hairsine

    2010-01-01

    Climate change has potentially significant implications for hydrology and the quantity and quality of water resources. This\\u000a study investigated the impacts of climate change and revegetation on water and salt balance, and stream salt concentration\\u000a for catchments within the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. The Biophysical Capacity to Change model was used with climate\\u000a change scenarios obtained using the CSIRO DARLAM 125

  15. Preliminary use of compound-specific stable isotope (CSSI) technique to identify and apportion sediment origin in a small Austrian catchment

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    Mabit, Lionel; Gibbs, Max; Chen, Xu; Meusburger, Katrin; Toloza, Arsenio; Resch, Christian; Klik, Andreas; Eder, Alexander; Strauss, Peter; Alewell, Christine

    2015-04-01

    The overall impacts of climate change on agriculture are expected to be negative, threatening global food security. In the agricultural areas of the European Union, water erosion risk is expected to increase by about 80% by the year 2050. Reducing soil erosion and sedimentation-related environmental problems represent a key requirement for mitigating the impact of climate change. A new forensic stable isotope technique, using the compound specific stable isotope (CSSI) signatures of inherent soil organic biomarkers, can discriminate and apportion the source soil contribution from different land uses. Plant communities label the soil where they grow by exuding organic biomarkers. Although all plants produce the same biomarkers, the stable isotopic signature of those biomarkers is different for each plant species. For agri-environmental investigation, the CSSI technique is based on the measurement of carbon-13 (13-C) natural abundance signatures of specific organic compounds such as natural fatty acids (FAs) in the soil. By linking fingerprints of land use to the sediment in deposition zones, this approach has been shown to be a useful technique for determining the source of eroded soil and thereby identifying areas prone to soil degradation. The authors have tested this innovative stable isotopic approach in a small Austrian agricultural catchment located 60 km north of Vienna. A previous fallout radionuclide (i.e. 137-Cs) based investigation established a sedimentation rate of 4 mm/yr in the lowest part of the study site. To gain knowledge about the origin of these sediments, the CSSI technique was then tested using representative samples from the different land-uses of the catchment as source material. Values of 13-C signatures of specific FAs (i.e. C22:0 = Behenic Acid ; C24:0 = Lignoceric Acid) and the bulk 13-C of the sediment mixture and potential landscape sources were analyzed with the mixing models IsoSource and CSSIAR v1.00. Using both mixing models, preliminary results highlighted that about 50-55% of the sediment located in the deposition area originated from the main grassed waterway of the catchment.

  16. Impact of Urbanization on Stormwater Runoff from a Small Urban Catchment: Gda?sk Ma?omiejska Basin Case Study

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    Olechnowicz, Borys; Weinerowska-Bords, Katarzyna

    2014-12-01

    This paper deals with the impact of different forms of urbanization on the basin outflow. The influence of changes in land cover/use, drainage system development, reservoirs, and alternative ways of stormwater management (green roofs, permeable pavements) on basin runoff was presented in the case of a small urban basin in Gdansk (Poland). Seven variants of area development (in the period of 2000-2012) - three historical and four hypothetical - were analyzed. In each case, runoff calculations for three rainfall scenarios were carried out by means of the Hydrologic Modeling System designed by Hydrologic Engineering Center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (HEC-HMS). The Soil Conservation Service (SCS) Curve Number (CN) method was used for calculations of effective rainfall, the kinematic wave model for those of overland flow, and the Muskingum-Cunge model for those of channel routing. The calculations indicated that urban development had resulted in increased peak discharge and runoff volume and in decreased peak time. On the other hand, a significant reduction in peak values was observed for a relatively small decrease in the normal storage level (NSL) in reservoirs or when green roofs on commercial centers were present. The study confirmed a significant increase in runoff as a result of urbanization and a considerable runoff reduction by simple alternative ways of stormwater management.

  17. A comparative analysis of groundwater recharge estimates from three major methods: An analysis of subsurface recharge in the Nabogo sub-catchment of the White Volta Basin, Northern Ghana

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    Fynn, O. F.; Yidana, S. M.; Alo, C. A.; Mensah, F. O.

    2013-12-01

    Groundwater recharge in the Nabogo sub-catchment of the White Volta Basin is assessed using three main methods: the water table fluctuations method, baseflow recession method, and chloride mass balance approach. The objective is to quantify the relative proportions of direct vertical infiltration and percolation of rainwater in the area and subsurface flows in determining the total groundwater recharge in the basin. Groundwater resources development for commercial irrigation activities is an essential aspect of the livelihoods of communities living within the catchments of the Volta Basin. A comprehensive assessment of the recharge component of groundwater budgets in the basin is critical towards determining optimal abstraction rates in order to ensure resource sustainability and ecological integrity. This will form the basis for quantifying abstraction rates that are permissible to support large scale irrigation activities in the basin. The presence and thickness of the clay layer in the unsaturated zone serves to limit vertical infiltration of rainwater, and thus reduce vertical groundwater recharge in the area. In this study, the chloride mass balance technique, supported by the analysis of stable isotope signatures, has been used to estimate the vertical groundwater recharge and its spatial pattern of distribution in the area. The water table fluctuations technique and base flow recession method are then used to estimate total groundwater recharge in the basin. It is then possible to quantify the relative contributions of subsurface flows in the groundwater recharge in the basin. Temporal variations in groundwater recharge in the area are examined from time series of estimates from the baseflow recession technique. The results will assist in assessing the short term impacts of rainfall variability on groundwater budgets in the area.

  18. Long-term integrated river basin planning and management of water quantity and water quality in mining impacted catchments

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    Pohle, Ina; Zimmermann, Kai; Claus, Thomas; Koch, Hagen; Gädeke, Anne; Uhlmann, Wilfried; Kaltofen, Michael; Müller, Fabian; Redetzky, Michael; Schramm, Martina; Schoenheinz, Dagmar; Grünewald, Uwe

    2015-04-01

    During the last decades, socioeconomic change in the catchment of the Spree River, a tributary of the Elbe, has been to a large extent associated with lignite mining activities and the rapid decrease of these activities in the 1990s. There are multiple interconnections between lignite mining and water management both in terms of water quantity and quality. During the active mining period a large-scale groundwater depression cone has been formed while river discharges have been artificially increased. Now, the decommissioned opencast mines are being transformed into Europe's largest man-made lake district. However, acid mine drainage causes low pH in post mining lakes and high concentrations of iron and sulphate in post mining lakes and the river system. Next to potential changes in mining activities, also the potential impacts of climate change (increasing temperature and decreasing precipitation) on water resources of the region are of major interest. The fundamental question is to what extent problems in terms of water quantity and water quality are exacerbated and whether they can be mitigated by adaptation measures. In consequence, long term water resource planning in the region has to formulate adaptation measures to climate change and socioeconomic change in terms of mining activities which consider both, water quantity and water quality aspects. To assess potential impacts of climate and socioeconomic change on water quantity and water quality of the Spree River catchment up to the Spremberg reservoir in the scenario period up to 2052, we used a model chain which consists of (i) the regional climate model STAR (scenarios with a further increase in temperature of 0 and 2 K), (ii) mining scenarios (mining discharges, cooling water consumption of thermal power plants), (iii) the ecohydrological model SWIM (natural water balance), (iv) the long term water management model WBalMo (managed discharges, withdrawal of water users, reservoir operation) and (v) the water quality model GGM (mining related water quality parameters of lakes and river reaches). Based on the STAR 0K scenario, only minor changes in the natural water balance are simulated, while managed discharges slightly decrease due to declining mining discharges. In the STAR 2K scenario natural and managed discharges decrease resulting in negative consequences on reservoir volumes and on water availability to the users. Additionally, the risk of a re-acidification of mining lakes and increasing sulphate and iron concentrations is much higher in the STAR 2K scenario than in the STAR 0K scenario. In order to compensate for negative impacts on water quantity and water quality, adaptation measures were analysed. While water transfers from the River Elbe into the study region showed positive impacts on both, water quantity and water quality, potentially negative impacts on water quality can also be compensated by technical measures (e.g. in-lake-neutralisation of mining lakes).

  19. Video monitoring in the Gadria debris flow catchment: preliminary results of large scale particle image velocimetry (LSPIV)

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    Theule, Joshua; Crema, Stefano; Comiti, Francesco; Cavalli, Marco; Marchi, Lorenzo

    2015-04-01

    Large scale particle image velocimetry (LSPIV) is a technique mostly used in rivers to measure two dimensional velocities from high resolution images at high frame rates. This technique still needs to be thoroughly explored in the field of debris flow studies. The Gadria debris flow monitoring catchment in Val Venosta (Italian Alps) has been equipped with four MOBOTIX M12 video cameras. Two cameras are located in a sediment trap located close to the alluvial fan apex, one looking upstream and the other looking down and more perpendicular to the flow. The third camera is in the next reach upstream from the sediment trap at a closer proximity to the flow. These three cameras are connected to a field shelter equipped with power supply and a server collecting all the monitoring data. The fourth camera is located in an active gully, the camera is activated by a rain gauge when there is one minute of rainfall. Before LSPIV can be used, the highly distorted images need to be corrected and accurate reference points need to be made. We decided to use IMGRAFT (an opensource image georectification toolbox) which can correct distorted images using reference points and camera location, and then finally rectifies the batch of images onto a DEM grid (or the DEM grid onto the image coordinates). With the orthorectified images, we used the freeware Fudaa-LSPIV (developed by EDF, IRSTEA, and DeltaCAD Company) to generate the LSPIV calculations of the flow events. Calculated velocities can easily be checked manually because of the already orthorectified images. During the monitoring program (since 2011) we recorded three debris flow events at the sediment trap area (each with very different surge dynamics). The camera in the gully was in operation in 2014 which managed to record granular flows and rockfalls, which particle tracking may be more appropriate for velocity measurements. The four cameras allows us to explore the limitations of camera distance, angle, frame rate, and image quality.

  20. Nutrients transport in catchments of Brazil with different land uses

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    Martinelli, L. A.; Camargo, P. B.; Ometto, J. P. B.; Bernardes, M.

    2003-04-01

    We will present in this study the nutrients transport in catchments of Brazil with different land uses. We will emphasize the transport of dissolved carbon and nitrogen in 7 catchments of the São Paulo State, southeast region of Brazil. These are catchments ranging from 2,000 to 15,000 km2, where much of the main vegetation (Atlantic forest) was already replaced mainly by pasture and sugar cane. Two of these basins are severely affected by domestic and industrial wastewaters. The results from these catchments will be compared with the transport of nutrients in more pristine catchments of the Amazon basin, where most of the original vegetation is still intact.

  1. Preliminary study on soil to rock spectral ratio method of microtremor measurement in Taipei Basin, Taiwan

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    Huang, Jyun Yan; Wen, Kuo Liang; Te Chen, Chun; Chang, Shun Chiang

    2014-05-01

    Taipei city is the capital of Taiwan which located in Taipei basin and covered with hundreds meter of alluvial layer that might cause serious damage during huge earthquake. Prediction of possible strong motion levels occurred in the basin then became popular. Engineers most like to use Ground Motion Prediction Equation (GMPEs) as common tool for seismic hazard calculation but GMPEs were usually debated that it can only give one prediction value (PGA, PGV, Sa etc.) rather than time history or spectrum. Seismologists tried theoretical simulation (1D, 2D, 3D method) but could only give low frequency (usually less than 1 Hz) results restricted to that the shallow structures were not clear enough. Resent years, wide frequency simulation techniques such as empirical green's function added stochastic simulation method (hybrid method) were applied to several different purposes but site effect still plays an important role that need to be considered. Traditionally soil to rock spectral ratio of shear wave (denoted as S/R) was widely applied to check basin effect for decades but the technique needs lots of permanent stations and several years to get enough records. If some site located within strong motion network but not close enough to the strong motion stations, interpolate or extrapolate results needed to be used. Wen and Huang (2012) conducted a dense microtremor measurement network in whole Taiwan and applied microtremor H/V to discuss dominant frequency with traditional transfer functions from earthquake shear wave and found good agreement between them. Furthermore, in this study, the ability of soil to rock spectral ratio of microtremor (denoted as MS/R) measurement was tested in Taipei basin. The preliminary results showed MS/R had good agreement with S/R between 0.2 to 5 Hz. And distance from soil site to reference rock site should no greater than 8 to 10 km base on degree of spectrum difference (DSPD) calculation. If the MS/R works that site effect study from this technique could be applied for some region which distribution of strong motion stations were not dense enough after all.

  2. Preliminary study on rapid bioassessment with benthic macroinvertebrates in the headwater streams of the Loei River and adjacent catchments, Thailand.

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    Boonsoong, B.; Sangpradub, N.; Barbour, M. T.

    2005-05-01

    Thailand currently lacks formal bioassessment approaches and protocols to assist management decisions for water quality. This study aims to develop recommendations for (1) a professional level of rapid bioassessment by using benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages for streams in Thailand and (2) an appropriate technique for the volunteer monitoring groups. Eleven physico-chemical parameters were measured at each of seven reference sites and eight test sites in the Loei River and adjacent areas. The biological research methods were designed around the USEPA Rapid Bioassessment Protocols using the multi-habitat approach. Four fixed count subsamplings (100, 200, 300 and 500) were randomly removed using a standardized gridded pan to evaluate an appropriate level for bioassessment in Thailand streams. The preliminary results revealed that the test sites had BOD5 and Chorophyll a significantly higher than those reference sites. Two hundred organisms counted are adequate for bioassessment purposes. The differences between multimetric and multivariate analyses were examined.

  3. Preliminary Crater Retention Ages for an Expanded Inventory of Large Lunar Basins

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    Frey, H. V.

    2012-01-01

    Based on LOLA topography and a new crustal thickness model, the number of candidate lunar basins greater than 300 km in diameter is at least a factor 2 larger than the traditional number based on photogeology alone, and may be as high as 95. Preliminary N(50) crater retention ages for this population of candidate basins shows two distinct peaks. Frey [1] suggested, based on Clementine-era topography (ULCN2005) and a crustal thickness model based on Lunar Prospector data [2], that there could be as many as 98 lunar basins greater than 300 km diameter. Many of the weaker cases have not stood up to recent testing [3,4,5] using LOLA data and a newer crustal thickness model based on Kaguya gravity data and LOLA topography data [6]. As described in companion abstracts [4,5], we have deleted from the earlier inventory 1 more named feature (Sikorsky- Rittenhouse; LOLA data show that its diameter is actually less than 300 km), 11 Quasi-Circular Depressions (QCDs) identified in the ULCN topography, and 11 Circular Thin Areas (CTAs) found in the earlier crustal thickness model [2]. We did this by repeating the scoring exercise originally done in [1] but with the new data [4,5]. Topographic Expression (TE) and Crustal Thickness Expression (CTE) scores were determined for each candidate on a scale of 0 to 5 (5 being a strong, circular signature, 0 for those with no discernible circular topographic or crustal thickness signature). These scores are added together to produce a Summary Score which has a range of 0 to 10. We eliminated all candidates with a Summary Score less than 3, as well as other cases where, for example, the TE went to zero because what looked like a single large circular QCD in the lower resolution ULCN data was in fact a cluster of smaller deep impacts readily apparent in the newer higher resolution LOLA data. This process reduced the original inventory from 98 to 75 candidates.

  4. Preliminary study on the radiological and physicochemical quality of the Umgeni Water catchments and drinking water sources in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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    Manickum, T; John, W; Terry, S; Hodgson, K

    2014-11-01

    Raw and potable water sample sources, from the Umgeni Water catchment areas (rivers, dams, boreholes) in central KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), were screened for Uranium concentration and alpha and beta radioactivity. Test methods used were gas flow proportional counting for alpha-beta radioactivity, and kinetic phosphorescence analysis (KPA), for Uranium. The uranium levels (median = 0.525 ?g/L, range = <0.050-5.010) were well below the international World Health Organization (WHO) (2011) guideline for drinking-water quality (?15 ?g/L). The corresponding alpha and beta radioactivity was ?0.5 Bq/L (median = 0.084, Interquartile Range (IR) = 0.038, range = 0.018-0.094), and ?1.0 Bq/L (median = 0.114, IR = 0.096, range = 0.024-0.734), respectively, in compliance with the international WHO limits. For uranium radionuclide, the average dose level, at uranium level of ±0.525 ?g/L, was 0.06 ?Sv/a, which complies with the WHO reference dose level for drinking water (<0.1 mSv/a). There was a distinct trend of cluster of relatively higher Uranium levels of some sources that were found to be associated with the geology/geography and groundwater sources. Overall, the radiological water quality classification, with respect to WHO, is "Blue" - ideal; additional physicochemical analyses indicated good water quality. The analytical test methods employed were found to be suitable for preliminary screening for potential radioactive "hot spots". The observed Uranium levels, and the alpha/beta radioactivity, indicate contribution largely from Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM), with no significant health risk to humans, or to the environment. PMID:25151527

  5. Establishing Catchment Sediment Budgets

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    Walling, D. E.; Collins, A. L.

    2005-12-01

    The sediment budget concept, first introduced more than 40 years ago, is of fundamental importance to an understanding of the interaction between sediment mobilization, delivery, storage and yield within a catchment, and such understanding is a key requirement for designing effective sediment control and management strategies. However, despite its importance as a concept, from both a scientific and management perspective, there have to date been few successful attempts to establish detailed sediment budgets for individual catchments. Arguably, therefore, the sediment budget concept has yet to be fully exploited as a practical or operational tool within a management context. Recent advances in monitoring sediment loads, establishing sediment sources, documenting sediment mobilisation and storage on the slopes of a catchment and quantifying storage on river floodplains, in river channels and in other sediment sinks have, however, greatly advanced the potential for establishing reliable sediment budgets for small and intermediate sized catchments. In particular, the use of environmental or fallout radionuclides to trace sediment mobilization and transfer within a drainage basin has provided important new opportunities for obtaining spatially distributed and temporally integrated data on sediment mobilization, delivery and storage. Several examples of the application of these and related techniques to the establishment of sediment budgets for small and intermediate sized agricultural catchments in both the UK and overseas (e.g. Africa) will be presented. Despite such advances, significant problems still remain. These include the need to reconcile the different levels of temporal resolution associated with different techniques, and the inability to effect a rigorous budget closure in most investigations. The need for further work in developing techniques for establishing sediment budgets and in facilitating the application of the sediment budget concept as an operational tool will be reviewed.

  6. Tool for defining catchment similarity matrix

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    Singh, Shailesh Kumar; McMillan, Hilary; Bárdossy, András; Fateh, Chebana

    2014-05-01

    It is important to classify catchments for many reasons, for example, for prediction in ungauged basins, model parameterization and watershed development. There have been many studies on catchment classification, but no silver bullet exists for choosing the most relevant measure of catchment similarity. The aim of this study is to explore a new measure of similarity among catchments, using a data depth function. We used a similarity measure called "Depth-Depth plot" (DD-plot) which measures similarity in the catchment flow dynamics in multiple dimension. The area under the convex hull of DD-plot can be used as similarity matrix to any clustering technique. In this study we used Affinity propagation (AP) clustering algorithm for grouping the similar catchments. Catchment classifications based on flow and physical characteristics were compared. We evaluate whether the similarity based on depth-depth plots provides a better basis for transferring parameter sets of a hydrological model between catchments. We used a case study of 21 catchments located in the Bay of Plenty region in the North Island of New Zealand. The catchments have a wide range of topographic properties, response behaviours and geological features. The TopNet hydrological model was calibrated for all the catchments and the transferability of model parameters among the similar catchments was tested by transferring the parameters from within the cluster group and outside the group. The results of parameter transferred with in group based on Nash-Sutcliffe coefficient are promising. Results also show that clustering based on our proposed depth-depth measure, catchment characteristics, flow, and flow indices are different. The catchment classification of this study can be used to improve regional flood forecasting capabilities.

  7. Deep seismic reflection profiling of sedimentary basins offshore Brazil: Geological objectives and preliminary results in the Sergipe Basin

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    Mohriak, Webster Ueipass; Lira Rabelo, JoséHenrique; De Matos, Renato Darros; De Barros, Mozart C.

    1995-12-01

    The first deep seismic reflection profiles offshore Brazil were acquired in Campos Basin and processed to 10 s TWT in 1984. Starting in 1989, Petrobrás acquired an extensive data set of deep seismic profiles using special acquisition equipment capable of effectively penetrating through the sedimentary layers and imaging the whole crustal architecture. These deep (18 s TWT) seismic reflection profiles extend across the Atlantic-type marginal basins, from the platform to the deepwater province, presently considered frontier regions for petroleum exploration. This work addresses the geological objectives of a deep seismic profile in the Sergipe Basin and discusses the results obtained by integrating regional seismic, gravity and magnetic data. When combined, these data provide evidence that deep seismic reflectors observed in the Sergipe Basin are related to intracrustal-upper mantle structures rather than sedimentary features. The deep seismic reflection profile in the Sergipe Basin also suggests that, rather than a non-volcanic passive margin, the deepwater extension of this basin is marked by several magmatic structures, including thick wedges of seaward-dipping reflectors and volcanic plugs. These magmatic features are associated with basinforming processes resulting from lithospheric extension during the breakup of Gondwana in the Early Cretaceous and subsequent emplacement of oceanic crust. These results are compared to the crustal scale structures observed in the Campos Basin, in the southeastern margin of Brazil. The interpretation of the deep structure of these basins indicates that final separation between the South American and African plates formed passive margins characterized by different patterns of crustal attenuation underlying the rift blocks.

  8. Microbial water pollution: a screening tool for initial catchment-scale assessment and source apportionment.

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    Kay, D; Anthony, S; Crowther, J; Chambers, B J; Nicholson, F A; Chadwick, D; Stapleton, C M; Wyer, M D

    2010-11-01

    The European Union Water Framework Directive requires that Management Plans are developed for individual River Basin Districts. From the point of view of faecal indicator organisms (FIOs), there is a critical need for screening tools that can provide a rapid assessment of the likely FIO concentrations and fluxes within catchments under base- and high-flow conditions, and of the balance ('source apportionment') between agriculture- and sewage-derived sources. Accordingly, the present paper reports on: (1) the development of preliminary generic models, using water quality and land cover data from previous UK catchment studies for assessing FIO concentrations, fluxes and source apportionment within catchments during the summer bathing season; (2) the calibration of national land use data, against data previously used in the models; and (3) provisional FIO concentration and source-apportionment assessments for England and Wales. The models clearly highlighted the crucial importance of high-flow conditions for the flux of FIOs within catchments. At high flow, improved grassland (and associated livestock) was the key FIO source; FIO loadings derived from catchments with high proportions of improved grassland were shown to be as high as from urbanized catchments; and in many rural catchments, especially in NW and SW England and Wales, which are important areas of lowland livestock (especially dairy) farming, ? 40% of FIOs was assessed to be derived from agricultural sources. In contrast, under base-flow conditions, when there was little or no runoff from agricultural land, urban (i.e. sewerage-related) sources were assessed to dominate, and even in rural areas the majority of FIOs were attributed to urban sources. The results of the study demonstrate the potential of this type of approach, particularly in light of climate change and the likelihood of more high-flow events, in underpinning informed policy development and prioritization of investment. PMID:19717181

  9. Changes in alluvial architecture associated with Eocene hyperthermals: Preliminary results from the Bighorn Basin Coring Project

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    Acks, R.; Kraus, M. J.

    2012-12-01

    The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) was followed by two lesser hyperthermal events: ETM2 and H2 both at ~53.7 Ma. The carbon isotope excursion for ETM2 was approximately half that of the PETM and the H2 excursion even smaller, indicating lower increases in temperature than during the PETM. The paleohydrologic responses to these events are less well understood than the response to PETM warming. Although the ETM2 and H2 events are better known from marine than continental strata, both events have been identified from outcrops of the alluvial Willwood Formation from the Deer Creek and Gilmore Hill areas of the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming (Abels et al., 2012). Here, we analyze two cores drilled from stratigraphically equivalent Willwood strata from Gilmore Hill. The cores provide an opportunity to examine the impact of these events on the architecture of fluvial strata. Willwood strata are composed largely of channel sandstones, heterolithic deposits generated by channel avulsion, and paleosols that formed on overbank deposits. The paleosols provide qualitative and quantitative information on changes in soil moisture and precipitation through this interval. The cores also show a distinct change in the stacking of paleosols The core is subdivided into three parts: (1) the lowest ~third has thinner, more densely spaced paleosols, (2) the middle has thicker paleosols that are more widely spaced, and (3) the upper third has thicker and more common channel sandstones interspersed with avulsion deposits and fewer red paleosols; this corresponds to the hyperthermal interval. In particular, a ~20 m thick sandstone complex caps the section and appears to truncate part of the hyperthermal interval. Although vertical variations in alluvial architecture can reflect tectonic or climatic change, the correspondence of the sandstone-rich part of the cores with the hyperthermals suggests climate was the major control on their formation. Thick purple paleosols associated with the hyperthermals at Deer Creek suggest wetter conditions, and our preliminary interpretation is that a change to wetter conditions caused increased discharge and deposition of coarser (sandy) sediment. The thick sandstone complex at Gilmore Hill is underlain by paleosols with abundant calcrete nodules, which indicate drier soil conditions prior to deposition of the sandstone, and the change from drier to wetter conditions probably also caused increased sediment yield.

  10. Preliminary potential-field constraints on the geometry of the San Fernando basin, Southern California

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    Langenheim, Victoria E.; Griscom, Andrew; Jachens, R.C.; Hildenbrand, T.G.

    2000-01-01

    Gravity and magnetic data provide new insights on the structural underpinnings of the San Fernando Basin region, which may be important to ground motion models. Gravity data indicate that a deep basin (>5 km) underlies the northern part of the San Fernando Valley; this deep basin is required to explain the lowest gravity values over the Mission Hills thrust fault. Gravity modeling, constrained by well data and density information, shows that the basin may reach a thickness of 8 km, coinciding with the upper termination of the 1994 Northridge earthquake mainshock rupture. The basin is deeper than previous estimates by 2 to 4 km; this estimate is the result of high densities for the gravels of the Pliocene-Pleisocene Saugus Formation. The geometry of the southern margin of the deep basin is not well-constrained by the gravity data, but may dip to the south. Recently acquired seismic data along the LARSE (Los Angeles Regional Seismic Experiment) II profile may provide constraints to determine the location and attitude of the basin edge. Gravity and aeromagnetic models across the eastern margin of the San Fernando Valley indicate that the Verdugo fault may dip to the southwest along its southern extent and therefore have a normal fault geometry whereas it clearly has a thrust fault geometry along its northern strand.

  11. Runoff and solute mobilization processes in a semiarid headwater catchment

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    Justin D. Hughes; Shahbaz Khan; Russell S. Crosbie; Stuart Helliwell; David L. Michalk

    2007-01-01

    Runoff and solute transport processes contributing to streamflow were determined in a small headwater catchment in the eastern Murray-Darling Basin of Australia using hydrometric and tracer methods. Streamflow and electrical conductivity were monitored from two gauges draining a portion of the upper catchment area (UCA) and a saline scalded area, respectively. Runoff in the UCA was related to the formation

  12. Late Quaternary Sedimentation Rates and Fault Slip Rates In The Gulf Ofcorinth Basin: Preliminary Results

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    Lykousis, V.; Sakellariou, D.; Moretti, I.; Kaberi, H.

    The Gulf of Corinth is the most active neotectonic basin in Europe with a maximum extension rate of 7-16 mm/yr in N-S direction. The 850-900 m deep, WNW-ESE trending elongate basin is bordered north- and southwards by two opposite facing fault zones, composed by E-W trending fault segments. 1 km thick sedimentary sequence, mainly turbidites, form the basin infill. E-W running faults crosscut the basin floor and its substratum forming intra-basin structural highs and lows. Long gravity coring, performed in 2001 by R/V MARION DUFRESNE II, allowed the recovery of five (up to 26 m long) cores from the deep basin of the Gulf. The coring sites were selected on single channel Air Gun 10in3 profiles performed in 1995-96 by R/V AEGAEO. The core MD01-2477 (20.08m long, N 38°13,28 - E 22°33,53) is the only one among the five cores recovered, which has been already opened and sedimentologically described. It is recovered from 867m depth close to the foot of the northern slope of the basin off Pagalos Cape, on the hanging wall of an E-W trending, S-facing secondary fault. The upper 17.65m of the core is composed of alternations of green to dark gray mud with numerous fine sand horizons (of cm-thickness) displaying turbiditic character. The lower part of the core (between 17.65 -20.08m) is gray to dark gray stiff mud. The contact between the two sedimentary sequences coincides with a strong basinwide reflector recognized on the seismic profiles, called hereafter reflector Y. AMS dating was carried out on a sample from the lower end of the core, 20m below the sea-bed and around 2.4m below Reflector Y. The radiocarbon age obtained was 21130+110 yrs BP. Consequently the calculated sedimentation rate for the northern edge of the basin floor close to the northern slope is 0.95 m/ka. 210Pb radiometric analyses applied on short sediment cores recovered in 2001 by R/V AEGAEO from the basin floor close to the MD01-2477 site yielded maximum sedimentation rates of 1.3-1.5 m/ky, which are comparable to the one obtained with AMS dating. The depth of reflector Y below the sea-bed increases southwards both gradually and abruptly due to fault displacements, reaching about 33 m in an intra-basin structural low, close to the southern slope of the basin, that is formed between two opposite facing E-W trending faults. At that region the sedimentation rate increases to ca. 1.8 m/ka. This rate allows us to suggest that the age of the 1000 m thick syntectonic deposits of the Gulf is younger than 1 Ma. Furthermore slip rates of 0.4 m/ka and 0.5 m/ka have been calculated for the two faults which displace reflector Y. Progress of the research and additional AMS dating will provide more precise information on the sedimentation rates within the Gulf of Corinth basin and the slip rates of the intra-basin faults.

  13. Methodological issues and preliminary results from a combined sediment fingerprinting and radioisotope dating approach to explore changes in sediment sources with land-use change in the Brantian Catchment, Borneo.

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    Walsh, Rory; Higton, Sam; Marshall, Jake; Bidin, Kawi; Blake, William; Nainar, Anand

    2015-04-01

    This paper reports some methodological issues and early results of a project investigating the erosional impacts of land use changes (multiple selective logging and progressive, partial conversion to oil palm) over the last 25-40 years in the 600km2 Brantian river catchment in Sabah, Borneo. A combined sediment fingerprinting and radioisotope dating approach is being applied to sediment cores taken in stream hierarchical fashion across the intermediate catchment scale. Changes in sediment sources and sedimentation rates over time can be captured by changes in the relative importance of geochemical elements with depth in downstream sediment cores, which in turn can be linked to parallel changes in upstream cores by the application of unmixing models and statistical techniques. Radioisotope analysis of the sediment cores allows these changes to be dated and sedimentation rates to be estimated. Work in the neighbouring Segama catchment had successfully demonstrated the potential of such an approach in a rainforest environment (Walsh et al. 2011). The paper first describes steps taken to address methodological issues. The approach relies on taking continuous sediment cores which have aggraded progressively over time and remain relatively undisturbed and uncontaminated. This issue has been tackled (1) through careful core sampling site selection with a focus on lateral bench sites and (2) deployment of techniques such as repeat-measurement erosion bridge transects to assess the contemporary nature of sedimentation to validate (or reject) candidate sites. The issue of sediment storage and uncertainties over lag times has been minimised by focussing on sets of above- and below-confluence sites in the intermediate zone of the catchment, thus minimising sediment transit times between upstream contributing and downstream destination core sites. This focus on the intermediate zone was also driven by difficulties in finding suitable core sites in the mountainous headwaters area due to the prevalence of steep, incised channels without even narrow floodplains. Preliminary results are reported from (1) a field visit to investigate potential sampling sites in July 2014 and (2) initial analysis of a sediment core at a promising lateral bench site. Marked down-profile geochemistry changes of the core indicate a history of phases of high deposition and lateral growth of the channel caused by mobilisation of sediment linked to logging and clearance upstream. Recent channel bed degradation suggests the system has been adjusting a decline in sediment supply with forest recovery since logging in 2005, but a renewed sedimentation phase heralded by > 10 cm deposition at the site in a flood in July 2014 appears to have started linked to partial forest clearance for oil palm. These preliminary results support the ability of a combined fingerprinting and dating approach to reflect the spatial history of land-use change in a catchment undergoing disturbance. Walsh R. P. D. , Bidin K., Blake W.H., Chappell N.A., Clarke M.A., Douglas I., Ghazali R., Sayer A.M., Suhaimi J., Tych W. & Annammala K.V. (2011) Long-term responses of rainforest erosional systems at different spatial scales to selective logging and climatic change. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 366, 3340-3353.

  14. Seasonal hydrologic response at various spatial scales in a small forested catchment, Hitachi Ohta, Japan

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    Roy C. Sidle; Y. Tsuboyama; S. Noguchi; I. Hosoda; M. Fujieda; T. Shimizu

    1995-01-01

    Headwater catchments are important and often overlooked hydrologic components of drainage basins. Hydrologic response at different scales was evaluated during a period of increasing antecedent wetness in a steep, humid catchment in coastal Japan. Outflows from a second-order basin (EB, 15.7 ha), two first-order basins (B, 2.48 ha and A, 0.84 ha), a zero-order basin (0.25 ha), and a hillslope

  15. Origins of streamflow in a crystalline basement catchment in a sub-humid Sudanian zone: The Donga basin (Benin, West Africa): Inter-annual variability of water budget

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    Séguis, L.; Kamagaté, B.; Favreau, G.; Descloitres, M.; Seidel, J.-L.; Galle, S.; Peugeot, C.; Gosset, M.; Le Barbé, L.; Malinur, F.; Van Exter, S.; Arjounin, M.; Boubkraoui, S.; Wubda, M.

    2011-05-01

    SummaryDuring the last quarter of the 20th century, West Africa underwent a particularly intense and generalized drought. During this period, the biggest drops in streamflow were observed in the Sudanian zone rather than in the Sahelian zone, but the reasons are still poorly understood. In 2000, a meso-scale hydrological observatory was set up in the sub-humid Sudanian zone of the Upper Ouémé Valley (Benin). Three embedded catchments of 12-586 km 2 located on a crystalline bedrock were intensively instrumented to document the different terms of the water budget and to identify the main streamflow generating processes and base-flow mechanisms at different scales. Geophysical, hydrological and geochemical data were collected throughout the catchments from 2002 to 2006. Crossing these data helped define their hydrological functioning. The region has seasonal streamflow, and the permanent groundwater in the weathered mantle does not drain to rivers, instead, seasonal perched groundwaters are the major contributor to annual streamflow. The perched groundwaters are mainly located in seasonally waterlogged sandy layers in the headwater bottom-lands called bas-fonds in French-speaking West Africa of 1st order streams. During the period 2003-2006, regolith groundwater recharge ranged between 10% and 15% of the annual rainfall depth. Depletion of permanent groundwater during the dry season is probably explained by local evapotranspiration which was seen not to be limited to gallery forests. During the 4-year study period, a reduction of 20% in annual rainfall led to a 50% reduction in streamflow. This reduction was observed in the two components of the flow: direct runoff and drainage of perched groundwater. Thanks to the comprehensive dataset obtained, the results obtained for the Donga experimental catchment are now being extrapolated to the whole upper Ouémé valley, which can be considered as representative of sub-humid Sudanian rivers flowing on a crystalline basement, for example, the upper courses of several major West African rivers (Senegal, Niger, Bani, and Volta).

  16. Preliminary data report for the San Juan Basin-Crownpoint surveillance study

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    Frenzel, Peter F.; Craigg, Steven D.; Padgett, Elizabeth T.

    1981-01-01

    Geohydrologic data that may be used to predict the effects of mining on Navajo water resources in the San Juan structural basin are reported as well as the current availability of data from other government agencies. Emphasis is on the vicinity of Crownpoint, New Mexico. (USGS)

  17. A preliminary report of the geohydrology of the Mississippi Salt-Dome Basin

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    Spiers, C.A.; Gandl, L.A.

    1980-01-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy is investigating the suitability of salt domes in the Mississippi salt-dome basin as repositories for storing radioactive wastes. The Department of Energy has requested that the U.S. Geological Survey describe the groundwater hydrology of the Mississippi salt-dome basin, giving special attention to direction and rate of movement of water. In this first part of a continuing investigation the data obtained from one year of extensive literature search and data compilation are summarized. The regional groundwater hydrology in the salt-dome basin is defined with respect to (1) groundwater flow, (2) facies changes, (3) geological structure, (4) recharge and discharge, (5) freshwater-saltwater relations, and (6) identification of localities where additional data are needed. From the 50 piercement-type salt domes in the Mississippi salt-dome basin three domes (Richton, Cypress Creek, and Lampton) were selected for more intensive study. To further evaluate the geohydrology of Richton, Lampton, and Cypress Creek domes as possible sites for storage of radioactive waste, an intensive geohydrologic study based on a comprehensive test drilling program near the domes is planned. (USGS)

  18. Preliminary gravity inversion model of basins east of Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nevada.

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    Geoffrey A. Phelps; Carter W. Roberts, and Barry C. Moring

    2006-03-17

    The Yucca Flat eastern extension study area, a 14 kilometer by 45 kilometer region contiguous to Yucca Flat on the west and Frenchman Flat on the south, is being studied to expand the boundary of the Yucca Flat hydrogeologic model. The isostatic residual gravity anomaly was inverted to create a model of the depth of the geologic basins within the study area. Such basins typically are floored by dense pre-Tertiary basement rocks and filled with less-dense Tertiary volcanic and sedimentary rocks and Quaternary alluvium, a necessary condition for the use of gravity modeling to predict the depth to the pre-Tertiary basement rocks within the basins. Three models were created: a preferred model to represent the best estimate of depth to pre-Tertiary basement rocks in the study area, and two end-member models to demonstrate the possible range of solutions. The preferred model predicts shallow basins, generally less than 1,000m depth, throughout the study area, with only Emigrant Valley reaching a depth of 1,100m. Plutonium valley and West Fork Scarp Canyon have maximum depths of 800m and 1,000m, respectively. The end-member models indicate that the uncertainty in the preferred model is less than 200m for most of the study area.

  19. Magnetostratigraphy of Mesozoic shallow-water carbonates: Preliminary results from the Middle Jurassic of the Paris basin

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    Aissaoui, D.M.; Kirschvink, J.L. (California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA (United States))

    1991-03-01

    The use of sedimentary paleomagnetism has enhanced greatly our understanding of the timing of deposition and diagenesis of Cenozoic platform and reefal carbonates. Its application to similar but older deposits will have direct implications for economic exploration and development. The authors report here preliminary paleomagnetic results from the Middle Jurassic limestones of the Paris basin (France). The samples consist mainly of bioclastic and oolitic limestones deposited in ancient counterpart of the shallow-water environments of the Bahama platform. The Jurassic samples are stable to progressive, incremental demagnetization and exhibit magnetization patterns identical to Cenozoic rocks from the Bahama platform or Mururoa Atoll. The natural remanent magnetization of these limestones is weak and comprised between 7.7 x 10{sup {minus}9} to 1.8 x 10{sup {minus}8} AM{sup 2}/kg. Magnetic components of both normal and reversed polarity are observed. Paired isothermal remanent magnetization (IRM) and alternating field demagnetization experiments show that most of the remanence is lost between 20 and 45 mT, which is typical of single-domain biogenic magnetite or maghemite. The ratio of IRM at H{sub RG} to the saturation IRM ranges from 35 to 42% indicating a moderate to low interparticle interaction. This is confirmed by the anhysteretic remanent magnetization as compared with intact, freeze-dried cells of magnetotactic bacteria and chiton teeth. Magnetic minerals extracted from the Jurassic samples are examined to further confirm the occurrence of SD magnetite within the Middle Jurassic limestones of the Paris basin. The preliminary results suggest that the strata should be good for the paleomagnetic investigation of Mesozoic shallow-water carbonates.

  20. Managing waterway health in the Goulburn Broken Catchment, Victoria, Australia.

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    Tennant, W; Sheed, J

    2001-01-01

    Historically within most catchments, resource management programs have been planned and implemented in isolation of one another. This was once the case in the Goulburn Broken Catchment, a major catchment of the Murray Darling Basin, Australia. Although only 2% of the Murray Darling Basin's land area, the catchment generates 11% of the basin's water resources. Learning from the past, a cooperative and collaborative approach to natural resource programs has developed. This approach is the envy of many other catchment communities and agencies. Through a combination of "Partnership Programs", "Operational Initiatives" and community involvement, significant programs have been implemented within the catchment, which will benefit not only the local community but communities further afield. The outcomes of the waterway health program highlight the benefits provided through the establishment of cooperative and partnership resource improvement programs. These programs were founded on the ability of the community to recognise the need for integration, base management decisions on best available science and an ability to work together. Their effective delivery has been provided through the resources provided, to the local community, by the Natural Heritage Trust with matching and State and local allocations. While programs have shown success, challenges still face the community. These challenges include verification and implementation of environmental flows, storage of the catchment's vital water resources, and maintaining community involvement and participation in on-going works programs. The Goulburn Broken Catchment community, with the support of Federal, State and Local Governments, is looking at opportunities for continued improvements in waterway health. PMID:11419136

  1. Hydrologic comparison between a lowland catchment (Kielstau, Germany) and a mountainous catchment (XitaoXi, China) using KIDS model in PCRaster

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    Zhang, X.; Hörmann, G.; Fohrer, N.

    2009-08-01

    The KIDS model (Kielstau Discharge Simulation model) is a simple rainfall-runoff model developed originally for the Kielstau catchment. To extend its range of application we applied it to a completely different catchment, the XitaoXi catchment in China. Kielstau is a small (51 km2) lowland basin in Northern Germany, with large proportion of wetland area. And XitaoXi is a mesoscale (2271 km2) mountainous basin in the south of China. Both catchments differ greatly in size, topography, landuse, soil properties, and weather conditions. We compared two catchments in these features and stress on the analysis how the specific catchment characteristics could guide the adaptation of KIDS model and the parameter estimation for streamflow simulation. The Nash and Sutcliffe coefficient was 0.73 for Kielstau and 0.65 for XitaoXi. The results suggest that the application of KIDS model may require adjustments according to the specific physical background of the study basin.

  2. Effect of initial conditions of a catchment on seasonal streamflow prediction using ensemble streamflow prediction (ESP) technique for the Rangitata and Waitaki River basins on the South Island of New Zealand

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    Singh, Shailesh Kumar; Zammit, Christian; Hreinsson, Einar; Woods, Ross; Clark, Martyn; Hamlet, Alan

    2013-04-01

    Increased access to water is a key pillar of the New Zealand government plan for economic growths. Variable climatic conditions coupled with market drivers and increased demand on water resource result in critical decision made by water managers based on climate and streamflow forecast. Because many of these decisions have serious economic implications, accurate forecast of climate and streamflow are of paramount importance (eg irrigated agriculture and electricity generation). New Zealand currently does not have a centralized, comprehensive, and state-of-the-art system in place for providing operational seasonal to interannual streamflow forecasts to guide water resources management decisions. As a pilot effort, we implement and evaluate an experimental ensemble streamflow forecasting system for the Waitaki and Rangitata River basins on New Zealand's South Island using a hydrologic simulation model (TopNet) and the familiar ensemble streamflow prediction (ESP) paradigm for estimating forecast uncertainty. To provide a comprehensive database for evaluation of the forecasting system, first a set of retrospective model states simulated by the hydrologic model on the first day of each month were archived from 1972-2009. Then, using the hydrologic simulation model, each of these historical model states was paired with the retrospective temperature and precipitation time series from each historical water year to create a database of retrospective hindcasts. Using the resulting database, the relative importance of initial state variables (such as soil moisture and snowpack) as fundamental drivers of uncertainties in forecasts were evaluated for different seasons and lead times. The analysis indicate that the sensitivity of flow forecast to initial condition uncertainty is depend on the hydrological regime and season of forecast. However initial conditions do not have a large impact on seasonal flow uncertainties for snow dominated catchments. Further analysis indicates that this result is valid when the hindcast database is conditioned by ENSO classification. As a result hydrological forecasts based on ESP technique, where present initial conditions with histological forcing data are used may be plausible for New Zealand catchments.

  3. Preliminary Conceptual Model of Groundwater level Response to Evapotranspiration in the Whitewater Basin, Kansas

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    Mobley, J.; Rajaram, H.; Furey, P. R.; Milne, B. T.

    2005-12-01

    Hydrologic Studies are being proposed in the 1100 sq. km. Whitewater Basin in South-Central Kansas at scales ranging from that of a single link-hillslope system to the entire basin, as part of the Hydro-Kansas research program. This semi-arid 7th order basin is characterized by well-defined riparian zones along the banks of higher-order streams. A thick low-permeability geological unit extends to the ground surface in most of the basin, except adjacent to the stream network, where there are alluvial deposits. The groundwater flow system in these alluvial deposits is supplied by seepage losses from the stream and loses water to evapotranspiration by riparian vegetation. With the objective of estimating evapotranspiration rates as a closure term in the water balance at the scale of a single link-hillslope system, we are in the process of designing a piezometer network to estimate changes in groundwater storage and fluxes from the stream into the alluvium. The diurnal trends in evapotranspiration could potentially lead to diurnal fluctuations in groundwater levels, as has been observed at several other sites over the last 70 years. We present a simple conceptual model of stream-aquifer interaction and evapotranspiration that was developed to aid in the design of the piezometer network. The evapotranspiration rates in this model are specified using a recently developed biological allometric relationship, which provides bounds on areally integrated rates under conditions of no moisture deficit. After the piezometer network is installed in the field, the water balance estimates of evapotranspiration will be compared to ththose predicted by the allometric relationships, and to LIDAR and aircraft based measurements that are being developed in related projects. We also present a parametric analysis of the controls imposed by riparian zone width on stream-aquifer interactions to gain insights into the potential behavior across a range of stream orders

  4. The age of the palaeodunefield of the northern Murray Basin in South Australia: Preliminary results

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    C. R. Twidale; J. A. Bourne; N. A. Spooner; E. J. Rhodes

    2007-01-01

    A vast field of old desert dunes extends from northwestern Eyre Peninsula, across Yorke Peninsula and the northern Adelaide Plains into the Murray Basin and northwestern Victoria. There are patches of parabolic forms but the sand ridges under review are of seif, linear or longitudinal type. They trend NW–SE in the west and west–east in the east.Here, we record luminescence

  5. Establishment of a hydrological monitoring network in a tropical African catchment: An integrated participatory approach

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    Gomani, M. C.; Dietrich, O.; Lischeid, G.; Mahoo, H.; Mahay, F.; Mbilinyi, B.; Sarmett, J.

    Sound decision making for water resources management has to be based on good knowledge of the dominant hydrological processes of a catchment. This information can only be obtained through establishing suitable hydrological monitoring networks. Research catchments are typically established without involving the key stakeholders, which results in instruments being installed at inappropriate places as well as at high risk of theft and vandalism. This paper presents an integrated participatory approach for establishing a hydrological monitoring network. We propose a framework with six steps beginning with (i) inception of idea; (ii) stakeholder identification; (iii) defining the scope of the network; (iv) installation; (v) monitoring; and (vi) feedback mechanism integrated within the participatory framework. The approach is illustrated using an example of the Ngerengere catchment in Tanzania. In applying the approach, the concept of establishing the Ngerengere catchment monitoring network was initiated in 2008 within the Resilient Agro-landscapes to Climate Change in Tanzania (ReACCT) research program. The main stakeholders included: local communities; Sokoine University of Agriculture; Wami Ruvu Basin Water Office and the ReACCT Research team. The scope of the network was based on expert experience in similar projects and lessons learnt from literature review of similar projects from elsewhere integrated with local expert knowledge. The installations involved reconnaissance surveys, detailed surveys, and expert consultations to identify best sites. First, a Digital Elevation Model, land use, and soil maps were used to identify potential monitoring sites. Local and expert knowledge was collected on flow regimes, indicators of shallow groundwater plant species, precipitation pattern, vegetation, and soil types. This information was integrated and used to select sites for installation of an automatic weather station, automatic rain gauges, river flow gauging stations, flow measurement sites and shallow groundwater wells. The network is now used to monitor hydro-meteorological parameters in collaboration with key stakeholders in the catchment. Preliminary results indicate that the network is working well. The benefits of this approach compared to conventional narrow scientific/technical approaches have been shown by gaining rapid insight into the hydrology of the catchment, identifying best sites for the instruments; and voluntary participation of stakeholders in installation, monitoring and safeguarding the installations. This approach has proved simple yet effective and yielded good results. Based on this experience gained in applying the approach in establishing the Ngerengere catchment monitoring network, we conclude that the integrated participatory approach helps to assimilate local and expert knowledge in catchments monitoring which consequently results in: (i) identifying best sites for the hydrologic monitoring; (ii) instilling the sense of ownership; (iii) providing security of the installed network; and (iv) minimizing costs for installation and monitoring.

  6. Nutrient removal using biosorption activated media: preliminary biogeochemical assessment of an innovative stormwater infiltration basin

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    O'Reilly, Andrew M.; Wanielista, Martin P.; Chang, Ni-Bin; Xuan, Zhemin; Harris, Willie G.

    2012-01-01

    Soil beneath a stormwater infiltration basin receiving runoff from a 22.7 ha predominantly residential watershed in central Florida, USA, was amended using biosorption activated media (BAM) to study the effectiveness of this technology in reducing inputs of nitrogen and phosphorus to groundwater. The functionalized soil amendment BAM consists of a 1.0:1.9:4.1 mixture (by volume) of tire crumb (to increase sorption capacity), silt and clay (to increase soil moisture retention), and sand (to promote sufficient infiltration), which was applied to develop a prototype stormwater infiltration basin utilizing nutrient reduction and flood control sub-basins. Comparison of nitrate/chloride (NO3-/Cl-) ratios for the shallow groundwater indicate that prior to using BAM, NO3- concentrations were substantially influenced by nitrification or variations in NO3- input. In contrast, for the prototype basin utilizing BAM, NO3-/Cl- ratios indicate minor nitrification and NO3- losses with the exception of one summer sample that indicated a 45% loss. Biogeochemical indicators (denitrifier activity derived from real-time polymerase chain reaction and variations in major ions, nutrients, dissolved and soil gases, and stable isotopes) suggest NO3- losses are primarily attributable to denitrification, whereas dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium is a minor process. Denitrification was likely occurring intermittently in anoxic microsites in the unsaturated zone, which was enhanced by increased soil moisture within the BAM layer and resultant reductions in surface/subsurface oxygen exchange that produced conditions conducive to increased denitrifier activity. Concentrations of total dissolved phosphorus and orthophosphate (PO43-) were reduced by more than 70% in unsaturated zone soil water, with the largest decreases in the BAM layer where sorption was the most likely mechanism for removal. Post-BAM PO43-/Cl- ratios for shallow groundwater indicate predominantly minor increases and decreases in PO43- with the exception of one summer sample that indicated a 50% loss. Differences in nutrient variations between the unsaturated zone and shallow groundwater may be the result of the intensity and duration of nutrient removal processes and mixing ratios with water that had not undergone significant chemical changes. Observed nitrogen and phosphorus losses demonstrate the potential, as well as future research needs to improve performance, of the prototype stormwater infiltration basin using BAM for providing passive, economical, stormwater nutrient-treatment technology to support green infrastructure.

  7. Nutrient removal using biosorption activated media: preliminary biogeochemical assessment of an innovative stormwater infiltration basin.

    PubMed

    O'Reilly, Andrew M; Wanielista, Martin P; Chang, Ni-Bin; Xuan, Zhemin; Harris, Willie G

    2012-08-15

    Soil beneath a stormwater infiltration basin receiving runoff from a 23 ha predominantly residential watershed in north-central Florida, USA, was amended using biosorption activated media (BAM) to study the effectiveness of this technology in reducing inputs of nitrogen and phosphorus to groundwater. The functionalized soil amendment BAM consists of a 1.0:1.9:4.1 mixture (by volume) of tire crumb (to increase sorption capacity), silt and clay (to increase soil moisture retention), and sand (to promote sufficient infiltration), which was applied to develop an innovative stormwater infiltration basin utilizing nutrient reduction and flood control sub-basins. Comparison of nitrate/chloride (NO(3)(-)/Cl(-)) ratios for the shallow groundwater indicates that prior to using BAM, NO(3)(-) concentrations were substantially influenced by nitrification or variations in NO(3)(-) input. In contrast, for the new basin utilizing BAM, NO(3)(-)/Cl(-) ratios indicate minor nitrification and NO(3)(-) losses with the exception of one summer sample that indicated a 45% loss. Biogeochemical indicators (denitrifier activity derived from real-time polymerase chain reaction and variations in major ions, nutrients, dissolved and soil gases, and stable isotopes) suggest that NO(3)(-) losses are primarily attributable to denitrification, whereas dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium is a minor process. Denitrification was likely occurring intermittently in anoxic microsites in the unsaturated zone, which was enhanced by the increased soil moisture within the BAM layer and resultant reductions in surface/subsurface oxygen exchange that produced conditions conducive to increased denitrifier activity. Concentrations of total dissolved phosphorus and orthophosphate (PO(4)(3-)) were reduced by more than 70% in unsaturated zone soil water, with the largest decreases in the BAM layer where sorption was the most likely mechanism for removal. Post-BAM PO(4)(3-)/Cl(-) ratios for shallow groundwater indicate predominantly minor increases and decreases in PO(4)(3-) with the exception of one summer sample that indicated a 50% loss. Differences in nutrient variations between the unsaturated zone and shallow groundwater may be the result of the intensity and duration of nutrient removal processes and mixing ratios with water that had undergone little biogeochemical transformation. Observed nitrogen and phosphorus losses demonstrate the potential, as well as the future research needs to improve performance, of the innovative stormwater infiltration basin using BAM for providing passive, economical, stormwater nutrient-treatment technology to support green infrastructure. PMID:22742948

  8. Geology of the Ahuas area in the Mosquitia basin of Honduras: Preliminary report

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    Mills, R.A.; Barton, R. [True Oil Co., Casper, WY (United States)

    1996-10-01

    Following a 36-fold seismic survey that covered 460 km, two exploratory wells were drilled between July 1991 and August 1993 in the Ahuas area, on the Patuca tectonic belt, in the Mosquitia savannah in northeastern Honduras. The Embarcadero 1 well encountered only dense, barren, gray and red siliciclastics and some phyllite at total depth. The RaitiTara 1 well also drilled mostly barren, but less dense, red beds that included some Upper Cretaceous limestone conglomerate in the lower section. We did not find source or reservoir rocks in either well, nor did we find hydrocarbon shows. The absence of Lower Cretaceous limestone in both wells is significant because more than 1500 m of limestone are exposed 35-50 km southwest in the Colon Mountains. The lithology of the clastics in the Embarcadero well is similar to Middle and Upper Jurassic formations in central Honduras. The lithology of the softer red beds in the Raiti-Tara well suggests they are Tertiary fill in a pull-apart basin. The Mosquitia basin, including the Ahuas area, probably was on the seaward side of the Chortis block (once part of Mexico) and received only Jurassic sediments until it was elevated by arc magmatism in the Early Cretaceous. However, thick Lower Cretaceous platform carbonates were deposited some distance inland. Lateral forces in the early Late Cretaceous caused the outer edge of Chortis to break up, carrying the Colon carbonate block up to 50 km northwest by sinistral fault movement. Later, antithetic dextral displacement offset the various blocks and created pull-apart basins that filled with Tertiary sediments. In the early Paleocene, compression from a spreading center to the southeast ruptured the Jurassic rocks, creating a decollement and later thrusting. No complete petroleum system seems to exist along the axis of the uplifted Patuca tectonic belt largely because of the lack of organic-rich source rocks and the presence of complicated young structures.

  9. Preliminary study on avian fauna of the Krishna River basin Sangli District, Western Maharashtra, India.

    PubMed

    Kumbar, Suresh M; Ghadage, Abhijit B

    2014-11-01

    The present study on avifaunal diversity carried out for three years at the Krishna River Basin, Sangli District revealed a total of 126 species of birds belonging to 30 families, of which 91 species were resident, 16 migratory, 12 resident and local migratory and 7 species were resident and migratory. Among the migrant birds, Rosy Starling Sturnus roseus was dominant in the study area. Commonly recorded resident bird species were, Red vented bulbul, Jungle crow, House sparrow, Common myna, Brahminy myna, Rock pigeon, Spotted dove, Rose ringed parakeet, Indian robin, White-browed fantail-flycatcher and Small sunbird. Most of the families had one or two species, whereas Muscicapidae family alone had 16 species. Forty one species of waterfowls were recorded in this small landscape. Out of 126 bird species, 38 were insectivorous, 28 piscivorous, 25 omnivorous, 19 carnivorous, 9 granivorous, 5 frugivorous and 2 species were nectar sucker and insectivorous. These results suggest that richness of avifauna in the Krishna River Basin, Western Maharashtra might be due to large aquatic ground, varied vegetations and favourable environmental conditions. PMID:25522499

  10. Towards sediment residence time in a Himalayan catchment? Insights from paired in-situ 14C and 10Be measurements in river sands

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    Lupker, M.; Hippe, K.; Wacker, L.; Wieler, R.

    2014-12-01

    Cosmogenic nuclides in detrital river sediments have been widely applied to derive denudation rates and sediment fluxes across entire catchments. Nuclides, such as 10Be, allow the derivation of denudation rates integrated over several hundreds to thousands of years, but single isotopic systems often provide little information on the intricate dynamics that control the export of sediments from catchments. The quantification of sediment storage and recycling within catchments is nevertheless crucial for a better understanding of the variability of sediments fluxes and their implication for landscape evolution. The paired measurement of 10Be along with cosmogenic, in-situ 14C in river sediments may provide new insides into sediment dynamics over kyr time scales for which other nuclides are not suitable [1,2]. In an effort to better understand the sediment dynamics in active orogens we combine in-situ 14C and 10Be measurements from the Kosi basin in eastern Nepal (~53 000 km2). Our preliminary 14C/10Be data shows apparent burial/storage ages of 14 to 21 kyr in the sediments currently exported by the river. These elevated burial ages suggest a larger storage component than previously thought in these catchments, even though possible biases associated to the use of 14C/10Be in sediments as burial chronometer have to be considered: First, the short half-life of 14C cannot be neglected and hence basin wide denudation cannot be considered as a simple mixing of sediments from individually eroding surfaces, introducing bias towards higher apparent burial ages in most settings. Second, in steep environments, sediments supplied by deep-seated landslides carry a buried signature that should not be confounded with sediment storage in the catchment. The importance of both biases needs to be quantified carefully, before basin-wide storage can be quantified. [1] Lauer & Willenbring, 2010 - JGR-Earth, vol. 115, F04018. [2] Hippe et al., 2012 - Geomorphology, vol. 179, pp. 58-70.

  11. Magnetic Fabric of the Itararé Group, Paraná Basin Brazil: Preliminary Results

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    Raposo, M. B.; Bilardello, D.; Santos, P. R.

    2012-12-01

    The late Paleozoic Itararé Group and equivalent beds in the Paraná Basin of Brazil extend into Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay. The Itararé Group contains the most extensive lithological record of Gondwana glaciation in the world. The succession has a maximum subsurface thickness of around 1400 m and extends over a total area greater than 1 million km2. The lower boundary of the Itararé Group is nonconformable with Precambrian to early Paleozoic crystalline basement and with Devonian strata of the Furnas and Ponta Grossa Formations, which together constitute the base of the Gondwana supersequence of the Paraná Basin. This boundary encompasses a hiatus that is loosely estimated in 45 Ma. The upper contact with the overlying Rio Bonito Formation is described as conformable to partially erosional. We performed our study on 13 sites from sedimentary rocks (sandstones and siltites) from the Itararé beds in the Brazilian portion of the Paraná Basin (mainly in São Paulo State). Magnetic fabrics were determined on oriented cylindrical specimens (2.54 cm x 2.2 cm) using the anisotropy of low-field magnetic susceptibility (AMS). Rock-magnetic analyses reveal that magnetite is the main magnetic mineral. In one of the sampled site, however, the ferromagnetic minerals are both magnetite and hematite. Regarding the eingenvector orientations, the sites usually gave good results. The analysis at the individual-site scale defines three AMS fabric types. The first type (7 sites) shows Kmin perpendicular to the bedding plane while Kmax and Kint are scattered within the bedding plane itself. This fabric is usually interpreted as primary (sedimentary-compactional), typical of undeformed sediments. The second type (5 sites) shows good clustering of the AMS principal axes with Kmin still sub-perpendicular to the bedding plane. The third type, pertaining to an intensely folded site previously interpreted as slumped, is characterized in geographic coordinates by well-clustered Kmax in the bedding plane, while Kmin and Kint are distributed along a NE-SW girdle with a sub-vertical, yet elongate Kmin distribution. In stratigraphic coordinates Kmax maintains the same NNW-SSE clustering, yet Kmin and Kint become scattered within the girdle. The second fabric type would be interpreted as combination of sedimentary-compactional and tectonic contributions if some strain markers or evidence for tectonic deformation had been found in the studied area. On the other hand, the tight Kmax grouping in this fabric type could be explained by the action of currents since they cause Kmax to be aligned sub-parallel to the paleocurrent direction.

  12. Suitability of the TRMM satellite rainfalls in driving a distributed hydrological model for water balance computations in Xinjiang catchment, Poyang lake basin

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    Li, Xiang-Hu; Zhang, Qi; Xu, Chong-Yu

    2012-03-01

    SummarySpatial rainfall is a key input to distributed hydrological models, and its precisions heavily affect the accuracy of stream flow predictions from a hydrological model. Traditional interpolation techniques which obtain the spatial rainfall distribution from rain gauge data have some limitations caused by data scarcity and bad quality, especially in developing countries or remote locations. Satellite-based precipitation products are expected to offer an alternative to ground-based rainfall estimates in the present and the foreseeable future. For this purpose, the quality and usefulness of satellite-based precipitation products need to be evaluated. The present study compares the difference of Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) rainfall with rain gauges data at different time scales and evaluates the usefulness of the TRMM rainfall for hydrological processes simulation and water balance analysis at the Xinjiang catchment, located in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in China. The results show at daily time step TRMM rainfall data are better at determining rain occurrence and mean values than at determining the rainfall extremes, and larger difference exists for the maximal daily and maximal 5-day rainfalls. At monthly time scale, good linear relationships between TRMM rainfall and rain gauges rainfall data are received with the determination coefficients (R2) varying between 0.81 and 0.89 for the individual stations and 0.88 for areal average rainfall data, respectively. But the slope of regression line ranges between 0.74 for Yingtan and 0.94 for Yushan, indicating that the TRMM satellite is inclined to underestimate the monthly rainfall in this area. The simulation of daily hydrological processes shows that the Water Flow Model for Lake Catchment (WATLAC) model using conventional rain gauge data produces an overall good fit, but the simulation results using TRMM rainfall data are discontented. The evaluation results imply that the TRMM rainfall data are unsuited for daily stream flow simulation in this study area with desired precisions. However, good performance can be received using TRMM rainfall data for monthly stream flow simulations. The comparison of the simulated annual water balance components shows that the different rainfall data sources can change the volume value and proportion of water balance components to some extent, but it generally meets the need of practical use.

  13. Uranium in the Poison Basin area, Carbon County, Wyoming - a preliminary report

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    Vine, James D.; Prichard, George E.

    1953-01-01

    Uranium minerals were found on October 15, 1953, about seven miles west of Baggs in the Browns Park formation of the Poison Basin area, Carbon County, Wyo. The occurrences extend over an area of at least several square miles in secs. 4 and 5, T. 12 N., R. 92 W., and secs. 32 and 33, T. 13 N., R. 92 W. Uranophane-bearing sandstones contain as much as 3.21 percent uranium in select samples. The occurrences cannot be evaluated because their dimensions and average grade have not been determined. The presence of uranium, however, is significant because it indicates that uranium deposits may be present in the Browns Park formation and also in the underlying formations unconformably overlapped by the Browns Park.

  14. Mid-Neolithic Exploitation of Mollusks in the Guanzhong Basin of Northwestern China: Preliminary Results

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    Li, Fengjiang; Wu, Naiqin; Lu, Houyuan; Zhang, Jianping; Wang, Weilin; Ma, Mingzhi; Zhang, Xiaohu; Yang, Xiaoyan

    2013-01-01

    Mollusk remains are abundant in archaeological sites in the Guanzhong Basin of Northwestern China, providing good opportunities for investigations into the use of mollusks by prehistoric humans. Here we report on freshwater gastropod and bivalve mollusks covering the time interval from about 5600 to 4500 cal. yrs BP from sites of Mid-Late Neolithic age. They are identified as Cipangopaludina chinensis and Unio douglasiae, both of which are currently food for humans. The shells are well preserved and have no signs of abrasion. They are all freshwater gastropods and bivalves found in pits without water-reworked deposits and have modern representatives which can be observed in rivers, reservoirs, and paddy fields in the studied region. Mollusk shells were frequently recovered in association with mammal bones, lithic artifacts, and pottery. These lines of evidence indicate that the mollusks are the remains of prehistoric meals. The mollusk shells were likely discarded into the pits by prehistoric humans after the flesh was eaten. However, these mollusk remains may not have been staple food since they are not found in large quantities. Mollusk shell tools and ornaments are also observed. Shell tools include shell knives, shell reaphooks and arrowheads, whereas shell ornaments are composed of pendants and loops. All the shell tools and ornaments are made of bivalve mollusks and do not occur in large numbers. The finding of these freshwater mollusk remains supports the view that the middle Holocene climate in the Guanzhong Basin may have been warm and moist, which was probably favorable to freshwater mollusks growing and developing in the region. PMID:23544050

  15. CHARIS - The Contribution to High Asian Runoff from Ice and Snow, Preliminary results from the Upper Indus Basin, Pakistan

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    Armstrong, R. L.; Barrett, A. P.; Brodzik, M.; Fetterer, F. M.; Hashmey, D.; Horodyskyj, U. N.; Khalsa, S.; Racoviteanu, A.; Raup, B. H.; Williams, M. W.; Wilson, A.

    2013-12-01

    The goal of the CHARIS project is to improve the understanding of the regional water resources of High Asia. In order to achieve this goal CHARIS is a cross-boundary exercise with University of Colorado scientists working directly with researchers at institutions in nine different nations where these ice and snow resources are located (Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan). These countries contain the headwaters of the Brahmaputra, Ganges, Indus, Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers. This collaboration includes both joint research and capacity building that includes augmented field programs and technical training. While it is generally accepted that a significant component of these water resources results from the melting of glacier ice and seasonal snow, the actual water volume available from these two individual sources remains uncertain. The amount, timing, and spatial patterns of snow and ice melt play key roles in providing water for downstream irrigation, hydropower generation, and general consumption. The fundamental objective of this collaborative study is to develop a thorough and systematic assessment of the separate contributions from seasonal snow melt and from glacier ice melt to the water resources originating across the region. To accomplish project objectives, a suite of satellite remote sensing, reanalysis and ground based data are applied as input to specific snow and ice melt models. Gridded maps of snow and glacier area/elevation are used as input to temperature-index melt models to estimate runoff from snow covered grid cells, based on cell area and melt depth. Glacier melt is estimated in the same way, once seasonal snow has disappeared from glacierized grid cells. The melt models are driven by daily mean temperature from reanalysis data. We are comparing the melt volume time series generated from temperature-index models with measured river discharge volumes and comparing the regional scale results with local sub-basin studies based on energy balance modeling approaches. We are also evaluating the accuracy of the melt model results using isotopic and geochemical tracers to identify and quantify the sources of water (ice melt, snow melt, rainfall and ground water) flowing into selected rivers representing the major hydro-climates of the study area. Preliminary results are presented for the Upper Indus Basin, and the Hunza sub-basin, for the period 2000-2012.

  16. Exhumation of the Magallanes foreland basin, Patagonian Andes, Chile (51 °S): Preliminary results from apatite (U-Th)/He dating

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    Fosdick, J. C.; Romans, B. W.; Hubbard, S. M.

    2006-12-01

    Deformation of the Magallanes foreland basin and the development and subsequent exhumation of the adjacent fold-and-thrust belt are integral processes that have influenced the modern structure, physiography, and climate of southern Patagonia. Despite recent work documenting these processes, fundamental aspects of the evolution of the Southern Andes remain ambiguous. In this study, apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronology documents the youngest stage in the thermal history of the deformed Magallanes basin. As a regional reconnaissance pilot-study, we conducted replicate, single grain apatite analyses to evaluate the timing and nature of the most recent thrust-related and/or erosional denudation of the dissected fold-thrust belt. Preliminary cooling ages broadly distributed from the Upper Cretaceous to Lower Tertiary Magallanes foreland basin deposits of the Cerro Toro, Tres Pasos, and Dorotea formations near 51 ° S indicate Late Miocene regional cooling through temperatures < ~40 ° C. A sample from the base of the Cerro Toro Formation yields a weighted mean cooling age of 7.55 ± 0.8 Ma. Approximately 40 km north of this locality, the (U-Th)/He cooling age of the overlying Tres Pasos Formation is 8.73 ± 0.81 Ma. Farther east, two samples from the base of the overlying Dorotea Formation document cooling ca. 5.5 Ma. These data document the youngest component of unroofing along the eastern-most part of the fold-and-thrust belt to within ~ 1-1.5 km of the Earth's surface. Here, Neogene shortening is accommodated by gentle folding. Additional thermochronologic constraints are necessary to develop a complete thermal history of these strata, including constraints on cooling rate, magnitude, and exhumational process. To better distinguish between the effects of Miocene thrust-related uplift, erosion, and regional heating on these cooling ages, additional sample coverage using a range of thermochronometers will be employed (specifically, across foreland strata incorporated into the main fold-and-thrust belt). North of this study area, between 44 and 51° S, fission track dating across the Cordillera documents accelerated cooling and denudation at ca. 30 Ma continuing until 12-8 Ma, during which time the location of maximum denudation migrated ~ 200 km eastward (Thomson et al., 2001). These findings, considered with new (U-Th)/He data, motivate the question of how this age-space progression compares to the exhumational history of the fold-and-thrust belt in the Magallanes basin area (~ 51 °S). Further studies of the post-depositional structural and thermal history of the Magallanes basin will clarify the timing of onset and cessation of thrusting, magnitude of shortening, the role of tectonic and erosion-driven denudation, all of which could be compared to the Cenozoic tectonic and climatic history in the northern Patagonian Andes.

  17. Preliminary report on coal resources of the Wyodak-Anderson coal zone, Powder River Basin, Wyoming and Montana

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    Ellis, Margaret S.; Gunther, Gregory L.; Flores, Romeo M.; Ochs, Allen M.; Stricker, Gary D.; Roberts, Steven B.; Taber, Thomas T.; Bader, Lisa R.; Schuenemeyer, John H.

    1998-01-01

    The National Coal Resource Assessment (NCRA) project by the U.S. Geological Survey is designed to assess US coal with the greatest potential for development in the next 20 to 30 years. Coal in the Wyodak-Anderson (WA) coal zone in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana is plentiful, clean, and compliant with EPA emissions standards. This coal is considered to be very desirable for development for use in electric power generation. The purpose of this NCRA study was to compile all available data relating to the Wyodak- Anderson coal, correlate the beds that make up the WA coal zone, create digital files pertaining to the study area and the WA coal, and produce a variety of reports on various aspects of the assessed coal unit. This report contains preliminary calculations of coal resources for the WA coal zone and is one of many products of the NCRA study. Coal resource calculations in this report were produced using both public and confidential data from many sources. The data was manipulated using a variety of commercially available software programs and several custom programs. A general description of the steps involved in producing the resource calculations is described in this report.

  18. Monitoring of wild fish health at selected sites in the Great Lakes Basin: methods and preliminary results

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    Blazer, Vicki S.; Mazik, Patricia M.; Iwanowicz, Luke R.; Braham, Ryan; Hahn, Cassidy; Walsh, Heather L.; Sperry, Adam

    2014-01-01

    During fall 2010 and spring 2011, a total of 119 brown bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus), 136 white sucker (Catostomus commersoni), 73 smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu), and 59 largemouth bass (M. salmoides) were collected from seven Great Lakes Basin Areas of Concern and one Reference Site. Comprehensive fish health assessments were conducted in order to document potential adverse affects from exposure to complex chemical mixtures. Fish were necropsied on site, blood samples obtained, pieces of liver, spleen, kidney, gill and any abnormalities placed in fixative for histopathology. Liver samples were saved for gene expression analysis and otoliths were removed for aging. A suite of fish health indicators was developed and implemented for site comparisons and to document seasonal effects and species differences in response to environmental conditions. Organism level (grossly visible lesions, condition factor), tissue level (microscopic pathology, organosomatic indices, micronuclei, and other nuclear abnormalities), plasma factors (reproductive steroid hormones, vitellogenin), and molecular (gene expression) indicators were included. This report describes the methods and preliminary results.

  19. First ediacaran fauna occurrence in northeastern Brazil (jaibaras basin, ?ediacaran-cambrian): preliminary results and regional correlation.

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    Barroso, Francisco R G; Viana, Maria Somália S; de Lima Filho, Mario F; Agostinho, Sonia M O

    2014-09-01

    This study reports the first known occurrence of the Ediacaran fauna in northeastern Brazil (at Pacujá Municipality, northwestern state of Ceará) and presents preliminary interpretations of its significance. Regional correlation indicates that the fossils originated in the Jaibaras Basin and that they may represent a new geological system. The depositional environment can be attributed to a fluviomarine system. Nine Ediacaran species can be identified, including members of pandemic groups (e.g., Charniodiscus arboreus Glaessner, 1959; ?Charniodiscus concentricus Ford, 1958; Cyclomedusa davidi Sprigg, 1947; Ediacaria flindersi Sprigg, 1947; and Medusinites asteroides Sprigg, 1949) and endemic groups (e.g., Kimberella quadrata Glaessner & Wade, 1966; Palaeophragmodictya reticulata Gehling & Rigby, 1996; Parvancorina minchami Glaessner, 1958; and Pectinifrons abyssalis Bamforth, Narbonne, Anderson, 2008). Three ichnogenera are also present: Arenicolites Salter, 1857; Palaeophycus Hall, 1987; and Planolites Nicholson, 1873. The relative age of the deposits is between ?Ediacaran and Cambrian, and the fauna resembles the White Sea Assemblage. The bioturbation presents typical unbranched Ediacaran ichnogenera with little depth in the substrate. This previously unknown occurrence of the Ediacaran fauna reinforces the importance of the state of Ceará to Brazilian and global palaeontology. PMID:25140502

  20. Reservoir property estimation in Pohang Basin, South Korea for the preliminary CO2 storage prospect

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    Han, J.; Keehm, Y.

    2013-12-01

    Geological CO2 storage draws a great attention globally and South Korea also look for proper storage sites to reduce CO2 emission. The Pohang Basin area, located at the southeastern part of Korea, is regarded as a good candidate for CO2 storage, since the basin is believed to have good sand intervals, and there are various CO2 sources, such as a steel mill and a car factory around the area. However, there are not many geophysical data (core, logs, seismic, etc.) available since the area is highly industrialized and the target site is located offshore. There are a few well logs sparsely located, and core data are not many either since the target formation is semi- to unconsolidated clastics. To overcome these difficulties, we firstly go back to regional geology and determine the regional 3D distribution of target formation. Then, we obtain onshore outcrop samples from the same target formation to compliment scarce core data. The core and outcrop samples are not well-consolidated, which makes lab measurements highly difficult. We adopt a computational rock physics method, which estimates porosity and permeability on 3D microstructures statistically reconstructed from thin section images. The average values of porosity and permeability of outcrop samples are 25% and 1,000mD, and those from one core data 17% and 100mD, respectively. Other cores from the same formation do not give any significant permeability values. Thus, we categorize the formation into two subgroups, good and bad. Next, we visit well-log data and categorize intervals into two subgroups, and apply the our computation results to the good group. Finally, we can give maps of reservoir properties for the target formation. Although we can give only approximate values/relations of reservoir properties for good interval, it helps evaluate overall prospect of the target formation. Acknowledgements: This research was supported by the Basic Research Project of the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of Korea (GP2012-030).

  1. Preliminary results of polarization signatures for glacial moraines in the Mono Basin, Eastern Sierra Nevada

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    Forster, Richard R.; Fox, Andrew N.; Isacks, Bryan

    1992-01-01

    The valleys of the Mono Basin contain several sets of lateral and terminal moraines representing multiple stages of glaciation. The semi-arid climate with slow weathering rates preserved sequences of nested younger moraines within older ones. There is a well established relative chronology and recently exposure dating provided a new set of numerical dates. The moraines span the late Wisconsin (11-25 ka) to the Illinoian (130-190 ka) glaciations. The Mono Basin area was used as a 'calibration site' to establish remote dating techniques for eventual transfer to the more inaccessible but geomorphically and climatically similar moraines of the South American Andes Mountains. Planned polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery acquired by JPL AIRSAR (South American Campaign) and SIR-C (Andes super-site) are analyzed to establish chronologies of previously undated moraine sequences in a study of Pleistocene climatic change in the Southern Hemisphere. The dry climate and sparse vegetation is also favorable for correlation of ground surface roughness with radar polarization signature. The slow weathering processes acting over thousands of years reduce the size, frequency, and angularity of surface boulders while increasing soil development on the moraines. Field observations based on this hypothesis result in relative ages consistent with those inferred from nested position within the valley. Younger moraines, therefore, will appear rougher than the older smoother moraines at scales measurable at AIRSAR wavelengths. Previously documented effects of ground surface roughness on polarization signatures suggest that analysis of moraine polarization signatures can be useful for relative dating. The technique may be extended to predict numerical ages. The data set reported were acquired on 8 Sep. 1989 with the JPL Airborne SAR (AIRSAR) collecting polarimetric imagery at C- (5.6 cm), L- (24 cm), and P-band (68 cm) with a flight-line parallel to the strike of the mountains. Phase calibration was performed on the analyzed scene by setting the co-phase of a smooth lake to zero as described. Absolute amplitude calibration was not possible because corner reflectors were not deployed.

  2. Channel erosion and sediment transport in Pheasant Branch basin near Middleton, Wisconsin; a preliminary report

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    Grant, R. Stephen; Goddard, Gerald

    1980-01-01

    The purpose of this 5-year study is to (1) evaluate the sediment transport, streamflow characteristics, and stream-channel morphology, (2) relate the above to land-use practices; and (3) evaluate the effect that changes in land-use practices will have on Pheasant Branch basin near Middleton, Wis. This report presents findings of sediment transport, streamflow characteristics, and stream-channel morphology from the first year of the study and documents historical erosion. The study is being conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the city of Middleton and the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. Pheasant Branch, a tributary to Lake Mendota, drains 23.1 square miles of glacial drift. Channel erosion is severe within Middleton, requiring extensive use of erosion-control structures. Occasionally, channel dredging near the mouth and into Lake Mendota is required for boating. Comparison of stream-channel surveys of 1971 and 1977 shows the lowest part of the channel lowered 3 to 4 feet at some sites in the urban reach from U.S. Highway 12 downstream to Century Avenue. Downstream from Century Avenue, channel width increased from about 35 to 48 feet and channel cross-section area increased about 86 percent. A survey of Pheasant Branch in 1971 provided data for quantification of stream-channel changes since that time. Six erosion-control structures previously installed appear to have had some benefit in controlling head cutting in the channel. (USGS).

  3. Hydrologic comparison between a lowland catchment (Kielstau, Germany) and a mountainous catchment (XitaoXi, China) using KIDS model in PCRaster

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    X. Zhang; G. Hörmann; N. Fohrer

    2009-01-01

    The KIDS model (Kielstau Discharge Simulation model) is a simple rainfall-runoff model developed originally for the Kielstau catchment. To extend its range of application we applied it to a completely different catchment, the XitaoXi catchment in China. Kielstau is a small (51 km2) lowland basin in Northern Germany, with large proportion of wetland area. And XitaoXi is a mesoscale (2271

  4. The influence of sediment supply on arroyo cut-fill dynamics: a preliminary dataset of catchment averaged erosion rates calculated from in-situ 10Be

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    Riley, K. E.; Rittenour, T. M.

    2014-12-01

    Widespread and near-synchronous post-settlement stream entrenchment (arroyo cutting) in the southwest US stimulated research addressing forcing mechanisms and necessary geomorphic and climate conditions leading to episodic evacuations of valley-fill alluvium. Arroyos are an end-member channel form associated with ephemeral streams entrenched into cohesive, fine-grained, valley-fill. Historic arroyo entrenchment exposed 5-30 m of unconformity-bound packages of different aged Holocene alluvium. Chronostratigraphic reconstructions indicate that during the mid-late Holocene these systems underwent multiple periods of rapid episodic entrenchment followed by slow re-aggradation. Previous and ongoing work has developed alluvial chronostratigraphies of Kanab Creek, Johnson Wash, and surrounding streams in southern UT using a combination of stratigraphic relationships, radiocarbon, and single-grain OSL dating. This research investigates the role of allogenic forcing (climate change) and autogenic processes on cut-fill dynamics. This study tests if temporal or spatial variations in sediment supply have influenced the timing and location of arroyo aggradation and entrenchment. We measured in-situ 10-Be in quartz from alluvial and colluvial sediment in Kanab Creek and Johnson Wash to quantify catchment-average erosion rates. Samples were collected from modern channels throughout the watershed and from dated alluvial packages preserved in arroyo walls. Results quantify spatial and temporal variability in sediment supply throughout the two watersheds as a function of lithology, slope, elevation, contribution of sediment stored in valley-fill, and time. Moreover, 10-Be results from dated Holocene alluvium will be used to evaluate if climate change has influenced sediment supply and arroyo cut-fill dynamics.

  5. Diatoms as a fingerprint of sub-catchment contributions to meso-scale catchment runoff

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    Klaus, Julian; Wetzel, Carlos E.; Martinez-Carreras, Nuria; Ector, Luc; Pfister, Laurent

    2014-05-01

    In recent years, calls were made for new eco-hydrological approaches to improve understanding of hydrological processes. Recently diatoms, one of the most common and diverse algal groups that can be easily transported by flowing water due to their small size (~10-200 µm), were used to detect the onset and cessation of surface runoff to small headwater streams and constrain isotopic and hydro-chemical hydrograph separation methods. While the method showed its potential in the hillslope-riparian zone-stream continuum of headwater catchments, the behavior of diatoms and their use for hydrological process research in meso-scale catchments remains uncertain. Diatoms can be a valuable support for isotope and hydro-chemical tracer methods when these become ambiguous with increasing scale. Distribution and abundance of diatom species is controlled by various environmental factors (pH, soil type, moisture conditions, exposition to sunlight, etc.). We therefore hypothesize that species abundance and composition can be used as a proxy for source areas. This presentation evaluates the potential for diatoms to trace source-areas in the nested meso-scale Attert River basin (250 km2, Luxembourg, Europe). We sampled diatom populations in streamwater during one flood event in Fall 2011 in 6 sub-catchments and the basin outlet - 17 to 28 samples/catchment for the different sampling locations. Diatoms were classified and counted in every individual sample. In total more than 400 diatom species were detected. Ordination analysis revealed a clear distinction between communities sampled in different sub-catchments. The species composition at the catchment outlet reflects a mixing of the diatom composition originating from different sub-catchments. This data suggests that diatoms indeed can reflect the geographic origin of stream water at the catchment outlet. The centroids of the ordination analysis might be linked to the physiographic characteristics (geology and land use) of the catchments. In a next step we will increase sample size of catchments to further evaluate if these distinct species assemblages are characteristic for different physiographic units and can indeed unambiguously trace catchment source areas. We will compare the results with classical source area hydrograph separations.

  6. Composite suspended sediment particles and flocculation in glacial meltwaters: preliminary evidence from Alpine and Himalayan basins

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    Woodward, J. C.; Porter, P. R.; Lowe, A. T.; Walling, D. E.; Evans, A. J.

    2002-06-01

    Research over the last decade has shown that the suspended sediment loads of many rivers are dominated by composite particles. These particles are also known as aggregates or flocs, and are commonly made up of constituent mineral particles, which evidence a wide range of grain sizes, and organic matter. The resulting in situ or effective particle size characteristics of fluvial suspended sediment exert a major control on all processes of entrainment, transport and deposition. The significance of composite suspended sediment particles in glacial meltwater streams has, however, not been established. Existing data on the particle size characteristics of suspended sediment in glacial meltwaters relate to the dispersed mineral fraction (absolute particle size), which, for certain size fractions, may bear little relationship to the effective or in situ distribution. Existing understanding of composite particle formation within freshwater environments would suggest that in-stream flocculation processes do not take place in glacial meltwater systems because of the absence of organic binding agents. However, we report preliminary scanning electron microscopy data for one Alpine and two Himalayan glaciers that show composite particles are present in the suspended sediment load of the meltwater system. The genesis and structure of these composite particles and their constituent grain size characteristics are discussed. We present evidence for the existence of both aggregates, or composite particles whose features are largely inherited from source materials, and flocs, which represent composite particles produced by in-stream flocculation processes. In the absence of organic materials, the latter may result solely from electrochemical flocculation in the meltwater sediment system. This type of floc formation has not been reported previously in the freshwater fluvial environment. Further work is needed to test the wider significance of these data and to investigate the effective particle size characteristics of suspended sediment associated with high concentration outburst events. Such events make a major contribution to suspended sediment fluxes in meltwater streams and may provide conditions that are conducive to composite particle formation by flocculation.

  7. Preliminary basin analysis of late Proterozoic-Cambrian post-rift strata, southeast Idaho thrust belt

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    Link, P.K.; Jansen, S.T.; Halimdihardja, P.; Lande, A.C.; Zahn, P.D.

    1987-08-01

    Strata of the Brigham Group in the Paris-Putnam plate of the southeastern Idaho thrust belt span the late Proterozoic-Cambrian boundary and consist of quartzose sandstone with subordinate pebble conglomerate and siltstone. The Brigham Group is overlain by fossiliferous Cambrian carbonate units that represent the transition from siliciclastic to carbonate deposition in the Cordilleran miogeocline. The Brigham Group contains four stratigraphic sequences bounded by regional disconformities. The lower sequence includes strata below the Brigham group (upper member, Pocatello Formation), plus the Papoose Creek Formation and most of the overlying Caddy Canyon Quartzite. This sequence is dominantly marine with shoreface and braided fluvial strata at the top. The first sequence is overlain disconformably by offshore sub-wave base marine strata of the upper Caddy Canyon Quartzite and Inkom Formation. This second sequence is entirely marine and is composed dominantly of siltstone with sandstone-filled channels. The third sequence comprises the Mutual Formation, an entirely braided fluvial and lacustrine unit. The fourth sequence (Sauk sequence) locally overlies the Mutual Formation with an erosional unconformity and consists of dominantly marine strata of the Camelback Mountain Quartzite, Gibson Jack Formation, Windy Pass Argillite, Twin Knobs Formation, and Sedgwick peak Quartzite. Correlations of these sequences to the McCoy Creek Group of eastern Nevada suggests uniform conditions of sea level and subsidence across the late Proterozoic-Cambrian Cordilleran miogeocline. This preliminary synthesis suggests the Brigham and McCoy Creek Groups are post-rift deposits, as indicated by regional persistence of facies, paleocurrents, and quartzose petrology.

  8. Magnetic Fabric of the Aquidauana Formation, western border of the Paraná Basin Central Brazil: Preliminary Results

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    Raposo, M. B.

    2013-05-01

    The glaciogenic sedimentation (Carboniferous-Permian) on the western border of the Paraná Basin is represented by reddish-brown strata of the Aquidauana Formation. Subsurface data suggest that this Formation is equivalent to the Itararé Group, which contains the most extensive lithological record of Gondwana glaciation in the world. The Aquidauna Formation crops out as an NNE-SSW-oriented elongated belt at the western portion of the Maracaju-Campo Grande Plateau in Mato Grosso do Sul State (Central part of Brazil), and extents to the north up to Mato Grosso and Goias states. This Formation is composed of a variety of types of sandstones, siltites, and mudstones. The magnetic studies were performed on sites of undeformed reddish-brown sandstones, siltites, and mudstones, which crop out mainly in Mato Grosso do Sul State. Magnetic fabrics were determined on oriented cylindrical specimens (2.54 cm x 2.2 cm) using anisotropy of low-field magnetic susceptibility (AMS). Rock-magnetic analyses reveal that both magnetite and hematite are the main magnetic minerals in the majority of the analyzed sites. Regarding the eingenvector orientations, the sites usually gave good results. The analysis at the individual-site scale defines two AMS fabric types. The first type shows Kmin perpendicular to the bedding plane, while Kmax and Kint are scattered within the bedding plane itself. This fabric is usually interpreted as primary (sedimentary-compactional), typical of undeformed sediments and is dominant among the sites. The second type shows good clustering of the AMS principal axes with Kmin still either perpendicular or sub-perpendicular to the bedding plane. This fabric type could be interpreted as a combination of sedimentary-compactional and tectonic contributions if some strain markers or evidence for tectonic deformation had been found in the studied area. On the other hand, the tight Kmax grouping in this fabric type could be explained by the action of currents since they cause Kmax to be aligned sub-parallel to the paleocurrent direction.

  9. A preliminary assessment of sources of nitrate in springwaters, Suwannee River basin, Florida

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    Katz, B.G.; Hornsby, H.D.

    1998-01-01

    A cooperative study between the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is evaluating sources of nitrate in water from selected springs and zones in the Upper Floridan aquifer in the Suwannee River Basin. A multi-tracer approach, which consists of the analysis of water samples for naturally occurring chemical and isotopic indicators, is being used to better understand sources and chronology of nitrate contamination in the middle Suwannee River region. In July and August 1997, water samples were collected and analyzed from six springs and two wells for major ions, nutrients, and dissolved organic carbon. These water samples also were analyzed for environmental isotopes [18O/16O, D/H, 13C/12C, 15N/14N] to determine sources of water and nitrate. Chlorofluorocarbons (CCl3F, CCl2F2, and C2Cl3F3) and tritium (3H) were analyzed to assess the apparent ages (residence time) of springwaters and water from the Upper Floridan aquifer. Delta 15N-NO3 values in water from the six springs range from 3.94 per mil (Little River Springs) to 8.39 per mil (Lafayette Blue Spring). The range of values indicates that nitrate in the sampled springwaters most likely originates from a mixture of inorganic (fertilizers) and organic (animal wastes) sources, although the higher delta 15N-NO3 value for Lafayette Blue Spring indicates that an organic source of nitrogen is likely at this site. Water samples from the two wells sampled in Lafayette County have high delta 15N-NO3 values of 10.98 and 12.1 per mil, indicating the likelihood of an organic source of nitrate. These two wells are located near dairy and poultry farms, where leachate from animal wastes may contribute nitrate to ground water. Based on analysis of chlorofluorocarbons in ground water, the mean residence time of water in springs ranges from about 12 to 25 years. Chlorofluorocarbons-modeled recharge dates for water samples from the two shallow zones in the Upper Floridan aquifer range from 1985 to 1989.

  10. Modeling of facade leaching in urban catchments

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    Coutu, S.; Del Giudice, D.; Rossi, L.; Barry, D. A.

    2012-12-01

    Building facades are protected from microbial attack by incorporation of biocides within them. Flow over facades leaches these biocides and transports them to the urban environment. A parsimonious water quantity/quality model applicable for engineered urban watersheds was developed to compute biocide release from facades and their transport at the urban basin scale. The model couples two lumped submodels applicable at the basin scale, and a local model of biocide leaching at the facade scale. For the facade leaching, an existing model applicable at the individual wall scale was utilized. The two lumped models describe urban hydrodynamics and leachate transport. The integrated model allows prediction of biocide concentrations in urban rivers. It was applied to a 15 km2urban hydrosystem in western Switzerland, the Vuachère river basin, to study three facade biocides (terbutryn, carbendazim, diuron). The water quality simulated by the model matched well most of the pollutographs at the outlet of the Vuachère watershed. The model was then used to estimate possible ecotoxicological impacts of facade leachates. To this end, exceedance probabilities and cumulative pollutant loads from the catchment were estimated. Results showed that the considered biocides rarely exceeded the relevant predicted no-effect concentrations for the riverine system. Despite the heterogeneities and complexity of (engineered) urban catchments, the model application demonstrated that a computationally "light" model can be employed to simulate the hydrograph and pollutograph response within them. It thus allows catchment-scale assessment of the potential ecotoxicological impact of biocides on receiving waters.

  11. The contribution of sea-level rise to flooding in large river catchments

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    Thiele-Eich, I.; Hopson, T. M.; Gilleland, E.; Lamarque, J.; Hu, A.; Simmer, C.

    2012-12-01

    Climate change is expected to both impact sea level rise as well as flooding. Our study focuses on the combined effect of climate change on upper catchment precipitation as well as on sea-level rise at the river mouths and the impact this will have on river flooding both at the coast and further upstream. We concentrate on the eight catchments of the Amazonas, Congo, Orinoco, Ganges/Brahmaputra/Meghna, Mississippi, St. Lawrence, Danube and Niger rivers. To assess the impact of climate change, upper catchment precipitation as well as monthly mean thermosteric sea-level rise at the river mouth outflow are taken from the four CCSM4 1° 20th Century ensemble members as well as from six CCSM4 1° ensemble members for the RCP scenarios RCP8.5, 6.0, 4.5 and 2.6. Continuous daily time series for average catchment precipitation and discharge are available for each of the catchments. To arrive at a future discharge time series, we used these observations to develop a simple statistical hydrological model which can be applied to the modelled future upper catchment precipitation values. The analysis of this surrogate discharge time series alone already yields significant changes in flood return levels as well as flood duration. Using the geometry of the river channel, the backwater effect of sea-level rise is incorporated in our analysis of both flood frequencies and magnitudes by calculating the effective additional discharge due to the increase in water level at the river mouth outflow, as well as its tapering impact upstream. By combining these effects, our results focus on the merged impact of changes in extreme precipitation with increases in river height due to sea-level rise at the river mouths. Judging from our preliminary results, the increase in effective discharge due to sea-level rise cannot be neglected when discussing late 21st century flooding in the respective river basins. In particular, we find that especially in countries with low elevation gradient, flood characteristics are impacted by changes in sea-level rise as far inland as 150 kilometers. Therefore, a larger population than the coastal inhabitants alone are exposed to risks of further projected increases of sea-level rise. A prime example for a megacity greatly put at risk by this is Dhaka City in Bangladesh, with a population of roughly 14 million people.

  12. Ecological quality assessment of rivers and integrated catchment management in England and Wales

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    Paul LOGAN

    This paper deals with the ecological assessment of river quality and its relationship to integrated catchment management. The concept of catchment or river basin management has been a basic management tool in England and Wales since 1990; it is now be- ing enshrined in the Water Framework Directive. Historically the statutory and operational drivers in the UK have lead to

  13. Preliminary results of the Cloud-Aerosol Interaction Measurements (CLAIM) 2007 campaign on the Amazon Basin, Brazil

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    Correia, A. L.; Fernandez-Borda, R.; Martins, J. V.

    2007-12-01

    Clouds and precipitation play an important role on Earth's radiation budget, water and hydrological cycles, as well as energy cycles through latent heat release in the atmosphere. Under several aspects the interaction between aerosols and clouds is still a poorly understood process, and one reason for this is the lack of experimental observations to characterize the evolution of cloud microphysical structure. An instrumentation suite was put together to assess these issues. The Cloud Scanner is a scanning radiometer composed of 2 wavelengths in the near infrared (2.10 and 2.25 ?m) used for the separation between ice and water, and 3 wavelengths in the thermal infrared (8, 11 and 12 ?m) for the measurement of cloud brightness temperature, cirrus properties and water vapor correction. The Rainbow Camera is a multiangle imaging polarimeter with the wavelengths 0.47, 0.55, 0.66, 0.76, 0.87, and 0.91 ?m, with 60 degrees FOV, used to retrieve droplet effective radii and distribution width. Both instruments were integrated onto a research aircraft for a field campaign over the Brazilian Amazon Basin from Sep-Oct 2007 under varying conditions of aerosol loading and cloud type, development stages, and cover area. The preliminary results obtained include real-time mappings of ice/water separation for clouds, with temperature profiles allowing for the retrieval of glaciation levels for a variety of cloud developmental stages and aerosol loadings, including deep convective cumulus clouds and/or high aerosol content. Vertical profiles of effective radius can be obtained using the measurements in 2.10 ?m as entries in a look up table from a 3D radiative transfer model for the cloud field. The post-processed polarimeter measurements allow retrieving a polarized reflectance signal from which one can derive effective radii and distribution widths of droplets for clouds in the observed scenes. These results help understanding and quantifying the effects of cloud-aerosol interactions and their consequences for cloud microphysics.

  14. A preliminary assessment of in place coalbed methane resources in the Virginia portion of the central Appalachian Basin

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    Jack E. Nolde; David Spears

    1998-01-01

    In the central Appalachian basin, Virginia leads in coalbed methane drilling and production, even though it only contains a small fraction of the total coal resources and basin area. In 1992, coalbed methane surpassed conventional and shale gas as Virginia's largest source of natural gas. By the end of 1996 there were 814 wells producing coalbed methane in Virginia. Average

  15. Description, Origin and Evolution of a Basin in Sirenum Terrae, Mars, Including Atlantis Chaos: A Preliminary Study

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    M. A. de Pablo; M. Druet

    2002-01-01

    Atlantis Chaos is located in a basin of Sirenum Terrae that could have been a lake in the past history of Mars. Moreover, this work discusses the origin and the evolution of this basin in terms of description and geologic mapping.

  16. WATER AND SEDIMENT MANAGEMENT FOR THE BLUE NILE BASIN

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    Tarek Mohamed Abdel-Aziz

    2009-01-01

    The sediment yield of rivers is often sensitive to changes in catchments land use and human activities. Such an impact is most likely to be demonstrated at a restricted spatial scale, particularly in headwater catchments. In large river basins such as Nile River Basin, there are needs to study, understand, and quantify the impacts of these modifications on the hydrologic

  17. THE CASE OF BLUE NILE RIVER BASIN

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Abebe Sine; Semu Ayalew

    Blue Nile River Basin has been regionalized into similar flood producing characteristics based on statistical values of at site data. The basin was delineated in to five homogeneous regions. Accordingly, region one comprises the widest portion of the basin, covering 37.6 % of the area. It includes the upper Guder catchment, middle and lower Didesa, lower part of the main

  18. Preliminary vitrinite and bitumen reflectance, total organic carbon, and pyrolysis data for samples from Upper and Lower Cretaceous strata, Maverick Basin, south Texas

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    Hackley, Paul C.; Dennen, Kristin O.; Gesserman, Rachel M.; Ridgley, Jennie L.

    2009-01-01

    The Lower Cretaceous Pearsall Formation, a regionally occurring limestone and shale interval of 500-600-ft maximum thickness (Rose, 1986), is being evaluated as part of an ongoing U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessment of undiscovered hydrocarbon resources in onshore Lower Cretaceous strata of the northern Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of this report is to release preliminary vitrinite and bitumen reflectance, total organic carbon, and pyrolysis data for Pearsall Formation, Glen Rose Formation, Hosston Formation, Austin Group, and Eagle Ford Group samples from the Maverick Basin in south Texas in order to aid in the characterization of these strata in this area. The preliminary nature of this report and the data contained herein reflect that the assessment and characterization of these samples is a work currently in progress. Pearsall Formation subdivisions are, in ascending stratigraphic order, the Pine Island Shale, James Limestone, and Bexar Shale Members (Loucks, 2002). The Lower Cretaceous Glen Rose Formation is also part of the USGS Lower Cretaceous assessment and produces oil in the Maverick Basin (Loucks and Kerans, 2003). The Hosston Formation was assessed by the USGS for undiscovered oil and gas resources in 2006 (Dyman and Condon, 2006), but not in south Texas. The Upper Cretaceous Austin Group is being assessed as part of the USGS assessment of undiscovered hydrocarbon resources in the Upper Cretaceous strata of the northern Gulf of Mexico and, along with the Upper Cretaceous Eagle Ford Group, is considered to be an important source rock in the Smackover-Austin-Eagleford Total Petroleum System (Condon and Dyman, 2006). Both the Austin Group and the Eagle Ford Group are present in the Maverick Basin in south Texas (Rose, 1986).

  19. Preliminary evaluation of the coalbed methane production potential and its geological controls in the Weibei Coalfield, Southeastern Ordos Basin, China

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yanbin Yao; Dameng Liu; Dazhen Tang; Shuheng Tang; Yao Che; Wenhui Huang

    2009-01-01

    The coalbed methane (CBM) geology, resource and production potential in the Weibei Coalfield, southeastern Ordos Basin are studied based on geological surveys and laboratory measurements. The results showed that coal rank varies both laterally and vertically and changes from volatile bituminous coals in the margin to anthracites towards the basin (1.6–2.5% Ro). Coals are composed of 60–85% vitrinite, 15–40% inertinite

  20. Development of fault parameters for use in risk assessment modeling in the Pasco Basin, Columbia Plateau, South Central Washington: a preliminary study

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    Caggiano, J.A.

    1982-03-01

    Preliminary data on strain rate, seismicity, and estimated earthquake source parameters suggest limitations on the extent of postulated faulting and its impact on a nuclear waste repository in Columbia River basalt. Structural relief of dated basalt flows, attitude of Pliocene sediments, geodetic surveys, size and distribution of earthquakes, and focal mechanism solutions indicate that deformation of basalt under north-south compression was under way in the Miocene and has continued on existing structures at an average rate of much less than 1 mm/yr in the Pasco Basin. Lengths and displacements of mapped faults suggest limits on the postulated fault that could intersect a repository and produce an earthquake of about magnitude 6.5. Using a credible earthquake permits calculation of preliminary source parameters for risk assessment modeling during a single episode of slip on the postulated new fault and indicates displacement of less than or equal to 1, m on a steeply dipping fault of less than or equal to 50 km length could occur. Preliminary source parameter calculations suggest that displacements of less than or equal to 2 cm may occur during microearthquakes in swarms. The area of fault rupture may be tens of square meters up to a few square kilometers, suggesting slip on joints. Seismic moments for postulated earthquakes in the interconnecting fault and microearthquake scenarios compare favorably with reported values for similar-sized earthquakes in different media and suggest that the estimated fault parameters are reasonable until an adequate tectonic model has been developed.

  1. Simulation of mine drainage for preliminary development of oil shale and associated minerals, Piceance basin, northwestern Colorado

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    Taylor, O. James

    1986-01-01

    The Piceance basin of northwestern Colorado contains large resources of oil shale, nahcolite, and dawsonite. Development of these minerals will require drainage of water from mines. A six-layer hydrologic model of the basin was prepared to simulate mine drainage for mineral development. Streams and major tributaries were simulated as head-dependent nodes. Stream nodes were gaining or losing, but the rate of loss was constrained by the leakance of the streambed and the stream stage. Springs also were simulated as head-dependent nodes that stop flowing if the aquifer head declines below the spring orifice. (USGS)

  2. A Preliminary Study of the Draining Lymph Node Basin in Advanced Lower Rectal Cancer Using a Radioactive Tracer

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kimihiko Funahashi; Junichi Koike; Morio Shimada; Kosuke Okamoto; Tomohiko Goto; Tatsuo Teramoto

    2006-01-01

    \\u000a Purpose  This study was designed to examine the draining lymph node basin at highest risk of metastasis in lower rectal cancer using\\u000a 99 mTc-tin colloid.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  In 43 patients, the area with highest hot nodes density was defined as the draining lymph node basin using a gamma probe.\\u000a Metastatic states of all removed lymph nodes were examined histologically.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Results  A total of 203 hot

  3. Heterogeneity in catchment properties: a case study of Grey and Buller catchments, New Zealand

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    Shankar, U.; Pearson, C. P.; Nikora, V. I.; Ibbitt, R. P.

    The scaling behaviour of landscape properties, including both morphological and landscape patchiness, is examined using monofractal and multifractal analysis. The study is confined to two neighbouring meso-scale catchments on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The catchments offer a diverse but largely undisturbed landscape with population and development impacts being extremely low. Bulk landscape properties of the catchments (and their sub-basins) are examined and show that scaling of stream networks follow Hack’s empirical rule, with exponents ˜0.6. It is also found that the longitudinal and transverse scaling exponents of stream networks equate to ?l ?0.6 and ?w? 0.4, indicative of self-affine scaling. Catchment shapes also show self-affine behaviour. Further, scaling of landscape patches show multifractal behaviour and the analysis of these variables yields the characteristic parabolic curves known as multifractal spectra. A novel analytical approach is adopted by using catchments as hydrological cells at various sizes, ranging from first to sixth order, as the unit of measure. This approach is presented as an alternative to the box-counting method as it may be much more representative of hydro-ecological processes at catchment scales. Multifractal spectra are generated for each landscape property and spectral parameters such as the range in ? (Holder exponent) values and maximum dimension at ?0, (also known as the capacity dimension Dcap), are obtained. Other fractal dimensions (information Dinf and correlation Dcor) are also calculated and compared. The dimensions are connected by the inequality Dcap?Dinf?Dcor. Such a relationship strongly suggests that the landscape patches are heterogeneous in nature and that their scaling behaviour can be described as multifractal. The quantitative parameters obtained from the spectra may provide the basis for improved parameterisation of ecological and hydrological models.

  4. Collaborative Adaptation Planning for Water Security: Preliminary Lessons, Challenges, and the Way Forward for Maipo Basin Adaptation Plan, Chile

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vicuna, S.; Scott, C. A.; Bonelli, S.; Bustos, E.; Meza, F. J.

    2014-12-01

    The Maipo basin holds 40% of Chile's total population and almost half of the country's Gross Domestic Product. The basin is located in the semiarid central region of the country and, aside from the typical pressures of growth in developing country basins, the Maipo river faces climate change impacts associated with a reduction in total runoff and changes in its seasonality. Surface water is the main water source for human settlements and economic activities including agriculture. In 2012 we started a research project to create a climate variability and climate change adaptation plan for the basin. The pillars of the plan are co-produced by researchers and a Scenario Building Team (SBT) with membership of relevant water and land use stakeholders (including from civil society, public and private sectors) in the basin. Following similar experiences in other regions in the world that have faced the challenges of dealing with long term planning under uncertainty, the project has divided the task of developing the plan into a series of interconnected elements. A critical first component is to work on the desired vision(s) of the basin for the future. In this regards, the "water security" concept has been chosen as a framework that accommodates all objectives of the SBT members. Understanding and quantifying the uncertainties that could affect the future water security of the basin is another critical aspect of the plan. Near and long term climate scenarios are one dimension of these uncertainties that are combined with base development uncertainties such as urban growth scenarios. A third component constructs the models/tools that allows the assessment of impacts on water security that could arise under these scenarios. The final critical component relates to the development of the adaptation measures that could avoid the negative impacts and/or capture the potential opportunities. After two years in the development of the adaptation plan a series of results has been achieved in all critical components that are presented here. The success in the process now poses a series of new challenges, most importantly: how to implement and monitor the evolution of the adaptation process.

  5. Investing in sustainable catchments.

    PubMed

    Everard, Mark

    2004-05-25

    Catchments constitute logical units for management of the water cycle. Patterns of development uninformed by sustainability concerns have degraded catchment integrity and associated ecosystem functions, imposing largely unquantified costs. Ecosystem functions are central to sustainable social and economic progress; their protection or restoration may be the only sustainable form of investment in catchments. Despite growing use of catchment functions in some policy areas, a shortfall in awareness and pragmatic tools limits progress with policies and practical tools to support sustainable development in catchments, perpetuating damaging practices. This paper reviews methods of economic valuation of riverine systems. Valuation of ecosystem functions is revealed as particularly pertinent to sustainable development, as an indicator of the benefits of ecological processes to social and economic progress. A range of practical projects, targeted at restoration of riverine habitat in the UK with the intent of improving both river ecology and the social and economic advantages that flow from it, is also reviewed. Emerging principles and themes are discussed in terms of their potential contribution to policies and practices that promote sustainability. Review of these projects highlights the importance of planning at adequately broad scales--spatial, temporal and disciplinary--to identify integrated solutions, and to maximise community "buy-in" and total benefits. In several cases, economic analyses demonstrate strongly positive benefit-cost ratios stemming from habitat improvement. However, major reform of regulatory and economic instruments is needed to promote sustainable catchment development, since prevalent "perverse" incentives continue to degrade ecosystem functions. Measures to recognise and reward ecosystem service as legitimate outputs from agricultural land use constitute a particular priority. There is a need simultaneously to address both "big picture" structural adjustments and locally-appropriate solutions, from which clear local benefits flow. Pragmatic measures that contribute to systemic outcomes must also be attractive to local decision-makers and land managers, and yield benefits that ensure they are sustained once intervention ceases. Cost need not be a barrier, as current environmentally-damaging subsidies may instead be redirected towards sensitive land use and/or measures to protect biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, particularly where targeted upon habitat of disproportionate importance to functioning of catchments as whole systems. Internalisation of the costs of damage to ecosystem functioning will promote valuation of the natural capital of catchments as a primary resource for social and economic progress. PMID:15081693

  6. Development and Application of a Simple Hydrogeomorphic Model for Headwater Catchments

    EPA Science Inventory

    We developed a catchment model based on a hydrogeomorphic concept that simulates discharge from channel-riparian complexes, zero-order basins (ZOB, basins ZB and FA), and hillslopes. Multitank models simulate ZOB and hillslope hydrological response, while kinematic wave models pr...

  7. Comparison of regionalization approaches in parameterizing sediment rating curve in ungauged catchments for subsequent instantaneous sediment yield prediction

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    Heng, Sokchhay; Suetsugi, Tadashi

    2014-05-01

    Observations of sediment loading are lacking for rivers in many parts of the world, particularly in developing countries. There is a need for better understanding of what models might be available to offer estimates of sediment yield in such poorly gauged or ungauged areas. Therefore, the aim of this research is to determine an ideal regionalization methodology for estimating sediment rating curves in ungauged catchments for instantaneous suspended sediment yield (SSY) prediction. A comparison of three regionalization approaches (catchment similarity, regression and spatial proximity) was carried out in 16 catchments, in the Lower Mekong Basin, after discarding one with the evidence that the data point is not homogeneous. The highest quality results are provided by the catchment similarity approach in which a single donor catchment was selected in accordance with an optimum catchment similarity index computed by the multidimensional scaling technique. The regression-based approach is intermediate. The sparse network of basin monitoring in the study area does not favor the spatial proximity approach, producing the worst regionalization solution. The overall predictive accuracy was further improved through a combined formulation of catchment similarity and regression. This reveals that different approaches have different advantages and therefore, using only one of them cannot fully encompass a wide range of catchment heterogeneity. Since the ideal regionalization methodology performs satisfactorily in all 16 sites, a regional model with a relatively simple geomorphic framework was established for estimating catchment-scale SSY in ungauged rivers of the basin.

  8. Rainfall-runoff modeling and preliminary regional flood characteristics of small rural watersheds in the Arkansas River basin in Colorado

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Livingston, Russell K.

    1981-01-01

    Both recorded and synthetic rainfall-runoff and annual peak-discharge data for 17 rural watersheds were analyzed to evaluate the magnitude, frequency, and volume of floods in the plains region of the Arkansas River basin in Colorado. Flood-frequency relations from analysis of recorded data were weighted or combined with flood-frequency relations from analysis of synthetic data to provide improved estimates of selected flood characteristics for 15 of these watersheds. The 10-, 25-, 50-, and 100-year peak discharges were regionalized using multiple-regression and station-year methods. Regression relations were developed to determine peak discharge from effective drainage area (standard error of estimate 30 to 50 percent) and flood volume from peak discharge (standard error of estimate 62 percent) for ungaged basins between 0.5 and 15 square miles in size. Using these two flood characteristics, a dimensionless hydrograph method provides synthetic hydrographs very similar in shape to recorded flood hydrographs. (USGS)

  9. Exhumation of the Magallanes foreland basin, Patagonian Andes, Chile (51 °S): Preliminary results from apatite (U-Th)\\/He dating

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. C. Fosdick; B. W. Romans; S. M. Hubbard

    2006-01-01

    Deformation of the Magallanes foreland basin and the development and subsequent exhumation of the adjacent fold-and-thrust belt are integral processes that have influenced the modern structure, physiography, and climate of southern Patagonia. Despite recent work documenting these processes, fundamental aspects of the evolution of the Southern Andes remain ambiguous. In this study, apatite (U-Th)\\/He thermochronology documents the youngest stage in

  10. Dynamic processes in the mountain catchment

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    Trifonova, Tatiana; Arakelian, Sergei

    2015-04-01

    The process of the river cftchment foundation and the mechanisms being in the basis of its development are not clear at present. Principal phenomena determining the dynamics of formation of the river catchment are under our study in this paper for the case of the mountain basin as an example. The methodology of this monitoring includes the space image recognition and computer data processing of the images for the Maliy Caucasus Mountains. Mountain river catchment formation on the slope of the ridge can be considered as a self-organizing staged process of its evolution passing through several non-equilibrium but steady-state conditions. We consider a system of tributaries in the mountain river catchment as a system of cracks, which are formed on the slope of the mountain massif. In other words, the formation of river networks should be the result of development of several processes, among of which the mechanisms of crack development should play a dominant role. The principal results, discussed in the present report, can be formulated as follow. (1) The mountain catchment (litho-watershed) formation takes place under conditions of the confined states of a mountain massif: on the one hand it is bounded by the surface of the slope; but on the other hand, - by a primary cracks density occurrence (as a spatial distribution 3D-crack net). (2) The development in time of the river catchment takes place by several stages. Each stage specifies a definite energetic state of the system in the mountain massif. (3) The overhead river streams arise not only due to surface water, but and namely due to rising of water from underground water horizons over the watercourse cracks penetrating deeply into the underground. (4) The 3D-river catchment structure results in concept in behavior of the unit as an open nonlinear dynamic system with a spatially distributed feedback. The energetic (endogen) processes of formation, rising and bifurcation for cracks are the consequence of relaxation of tension accumulating into of the mountain materials, and result in specific geometrical image of the river stream system. Exogenic processes of depression have a secondary meaning and take part in organization of the relief picture inside of the basin. Geological peculiarities, concrete physic-chemical properties of the mountain massive and different external factors are overlapped on indicated primary processes, and such complicated picture establishes the morphology of the catchment in general. The conclusion is, the mountain river catchment is the vertical geosystem with the predominantly descending fluxes of substances . Its development in time results in interrelated processes of mountainous massif destruction and, as to direction of the river's channel fracturing growth, the process is going up over the slope. The water balance in such a 3D -system should take into account both surface water and groundwater.

  11. Hillslope versus riparian zone runoff contributions in headwater catchments: A multi-watershed comparison

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    McGlynn, B. L.; McGlynn, B. L.; McDonnell, J. J.; Hooper, R. P.; Shanley, J. B.; Hjerdt, K. N.; Hjerdt, K. N.

    2001-12-01

    It is often assumed that hillslope and riparian areas constitute the two most important and identifiable landscape units contributing to catchment runoff in upland humid catchments. Nevertheless, the relative amount and timing of hillslope versus riparian contributions to stormflow are poorly understood across different watersheds. We quantified the contributions of hillslopes and riparian zones to stormflow using physical, chemical, and isotopic techniques across 3 diverse ({ ~}15 ha) headwater catchments: a highly responsive steep wet watershed (Maimai, New Zealand), a moderately steep snowmelt dominated watershed (Sleepers, River, VT), and at a highly seasonal relatively low relief watershed (Panola Mt., Georgia). We monitored catchment runoff, internal hydrological response, and isotopic and solute dynamics for discrete riparian and hillslope zones within each catchment. Monitored catchment positions, including hillslope trenches at Maimai and Panola, were used to characterize directly, the hydrologic response and source water signatures for hillslope zones and riparian zones. We also examined the spatial and temporal source components of catchment stormflow using 3-component mass balance hydrograph separation techniques. At Maimai, NZ we found that hillslope runoff comprised 47-55% of total runoff during a 70 mm event. Despite the large amount of subsurface hillslope runoff in total catchment stormflow, riparian and channel zones accounted for 28% out of 29% of the total new water measured catchment runoff. Riparian water dominated the storm hydrograph composition early in the event, although hillslope water reached the catchment outlet soon after hillslope water tables were developed. Preliminary results for Sleepers River, VT and Panola Mountain, GA indicate that the timing and relative proportion of hillslope water in catchment runoff is later and smaller than at Maimai. Our multi-catchment comparison suggests that the ratio of the riparian reservoir to the hillslope reservoir/stormflow flux partially controls the relative contributions of hillslope and riparian zones to catchment runoff and solute dynamics.

  12. The anthropic catchment-ecosystem concept: an Irish example

    SciTech Connect

    Phillips-Howard, K.D.

    1985-06-01

    The catchment-ecosystem concept is adapted to investigate the nutrient-budget of the highly-modified Colebrooke drainage basin in Northern Ireland. Anthropogenic inputs, mainly manures and fertilizers, account for 86% of the nitrogen and 96% of the phosphorus added to the catchment. These inputs greatly exceed the streamflow outputs, thereby indicating that the flow of nutrients is dominated by agriculture. This is explained by the transformation of traditional mixed farming into more intensive livestock production and is linked to policies encouraging increased agricultural production, amalgamation of farms, afforestation, rural depopulation, and urbanization. Substantial increases in the N and P output of the catchment and further eutrophication of the recipient lake, Lough Erne, are predicted without the implementation of policies to reduce agricultural nutrient losses.

  13. A methodological comparison of catchment storages in mountainous catchments

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Weiler, Markus; Staudinger, Maria; Stölzle, Michael; Seeger, Stefan; Seibert, Jan; Stahl, Kerstin

    2015-04-01

    One of the most important functions of catchments is the temporary storage of water, which directly influences runoff dynamics, rainfall-runoff transformation, partitioning of evaporation and runoff fluxes, and accessibility of water to plants. Generally, a large catchment storage is considered beneficial and in particular increases the transit times and hence the buffer functioning related to water quality. Many different methods have been developed to assess catchment storage, however, there are hardly any direct comparisons of several of these methods. One challenge is the definition of water storage, while some methods allow estimation of the entire water storage in a catchment, other methods quantify only the dynamic storage. In addition, most studies focused more on lowland catchments with rain-dominated runoff regimes and observed groundwater fluctuations. Furthermore, these studies often focus on one or two catchments, but do not consider the influence of different climates on the relevance of water storage in the catchment. We applied a range of different methods to assess catchment storage characteristics in 18 catchments in the Swiss Alps, ranging from 500 to 2000m of mean elevation and hence from rainfall- to snowmelt dominated runoff regimes. The first method use only discharge information during recession periods and with varying approaches to extract discharge and storage changes between high flow and low flow, the dynamic catchment storage can be derived. In the next methods the conceptual hydrological model HBV is calibrated to the runoff dynamics and the dynamic and total catchment storages of the different compartments are being evaluated. The last methods are based on stable water isotope data analysis. We use the model TRANSEP to derive the dynamic storage as well as the total water storage of the catchment based on the transit times using several years of fortnightly isotope data in streamflow. The results show that the derived catchment storage characteristics are strongly dependent on the chosen method. However, the overall ranking of the catchments among the methods is quite similar, despite the derived catchment storage of one catchment may differ by one to two orders of magnitude. Surprisingly, the high elevation catchments generally show a much larger storage than most of the low elevation catchments. To investigate this surprising result further, we analyzed the effect of climate on the derived catchment storage in more detail, since an additional snow storage with the resulting melt period in spring may produce an large dynamic storage due to the concentrated input of water. We both used subsamples of discharge to divide the storage in snow or rain triggered storage and changed the climate input either to a rainfall or snowmelt dominated climate and compared the storage among the catchments based on a similar climate signal. We finally develop a framework for assessing and comparing catchment storages among catchments in different climates, geologies and with different physiographic characteristics. These analyses also provided more insights into the larger storage in mountainous catchments and its importance to catchments functions.

  14. Assesing Hydrophysical/Enivornmenal impacts by Dams in the Amazon (fluvial) Basin

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    Wight, C.; Latrubesse, E. M.

    2014-12-01

    Growing demands from human activities are increasing the pressure and impacts on the Amazon River basin. Covering almost 40% of South America, the Amazon River basin's health is of global importance. With tributaries in 6 different countries, the anthropogenic impacts on this large system are complex and hard to synthesize. However to better understand large system responses to human impacts such an analysis is called for. Our objective is to organize a rigorous analysis of the potential hydro-physical impacts of dams on the major sub-basins of the Amazon. We are incorporating existing data of sediment fluxes, deforestation and land-use land-change to include the entire extent of the basin as defined by the fluvial unit. In addition, we will be analyzing the spatial distributions of dams (planned, under construction, and constructed) within each sub-basin. Our preliminary results have used statistical analysis and remote sensing to calculate the extent of deforestation on fluvial regimes of the legal Amazon and concentrated to identify the potential disruptions of sediment fluxes. Combining the spatial distributions of dam sites, and deforestation per sub-basin we will develop a system to interpret land-use and land-change per catchment. This in turn will allow us to better predict changes in the fluvial regimes and allow for comparisons of vulnerability.

  15. Analyzing the effect of urbanization on flood characteristics at catchment levels

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    Chen, X.; Tian, C.; Meng, X.; Xu, Q.; Cui, G.; Zhang, Q.; Xiang, L.

    2015-06-01

    It is increasingly recognized that the land-use change, especially urbanization has influenced hydrological attributes intensely. Flood characteristics variation could likewise increase flood risks and pose higher demand on water management. The paper aims to evaluate temporal and spatial processes of urbanization affecting flood events at catchment level. The study sites were Xiaoqinhe catchment and its sub-catchments, a part of lower Yellow river basin in northern China. Historic cities Jinan and Zibo in the area have experienced dramatic urban expansion in recent decades, about 5% growth of urban build-up area annually from 1990s to 2010s, and also pressed alarm for increasing flood disasters. In the paper, a HEC-HMS model was set up to simulate flood processes for different land-use scenarios. The possible effects of urbanization on flood characteristics were checked in study catchment and its sub-catchments.

  16. Framework to Calculate TMDL of Acid Mine Drainage For Cheat River Basin in West Virginia

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Carl W. Chen; Joel Herr; H. Z. Weintraub; Robert A. Goldstein; Rick Herd; J. M. Brown

    The Watershed Analysis Risk Management Framework (WARMF) was enhanced to calculate the total maximum daily load (TMDL) of acid mine drainage for the Cheat River Basin in West Virginia. The framework divides the river basin into catchments, river segments, and lake layers. Some catchments have deep mines and\\/or surface mines. These catchments have a soil layer that contains pyrite (FeS2),

  17. Preliminary results on the characterization of Cretaceous and lower Tertiary low-permeability (tight) gas-bearing rocks in the Wind River Basin, Wyoming

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. D. Fouch; W. R. Keefer; T. M. Finn

    1993-01-01

    The Wind River Basin is a structural and sedimentary basin in central Wyoming (Figure 1) that was created during the Laramide orogeny from Late Cretaceous through Eocene time. The objectives of the Wind River Basin tight gas sandstone project are to define the limits of the tight gas accumulation in the basin and to estimate in-place and recoverable gas resources.

  18. New thermo-mechanical fluid flow modeling of multiscale deformations in the Levant basin: formulation, verification, and preliminary analysis

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    Belferman, Mariana; Katsman, Regina; Agnon, Amotz

    2015-04-01

    The Levant has been repeatedly devastated by numerous earthquakes since prehistorical time, as recorded in historical documents, archaeological ruins, and sedimentary archives. In order to understand the role of the dynamics of the water bodies in triggering the deformations in the Levant basin, a new theoretical thermo-mechanical model is constructed and extended by including a fluid flow component. The latter is modeled on a basis of two-way poroelastic coupling with momentum equation. This coupling is essential to capture the fluid flow evolution induced by dynamic water loading and to resolve porosity changes. All the components of the model, namely elasticity, creep, plasticity, fluid flow, etc., have been extensively verified and presented. Results of the initial sensitivity analysis addressing the relative importance of each process in earthquakes triggering are discussed. The rich archives of pre-instrumental destructive earthquakes will set constraints for future modeling under the present formulation.

  19. Changes in runoff generation due to conversion of catchment vegetation

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    Vilhar, Urša; Kestnar, Klemen; Šraj, Mojca

    2015-04-01

    In Central Europe, many pure Norway spruce stands, established on primary beech sites, were converted into mixed stands over the last 60 years. The conversion of forest management from Norway spruce monocultures into mixed deciduous-coniferous forests changed the forest structure dramatically. This changes could influence the hydrological processes on the catchment scale, associated with changes in runoff generation. In this study, the effect of forest management on the runoff in mixed deciduous-coniferous stands on Pohorje mountains in NE Slovenia were investigated. Two small forested experimental catchments of Oplotnica River on Pohorje were compared with similar size and shape but different share of Norway spruce Picea abies (L. Karst) and European beech Fagus sylvatica (L.). Measured stream flows, throughfall, stemflow and the mixture of forests were compared in the period 2008 till 2013 for both catchments. Hydrological models in the HEC-HMS program were built for both catchmenta, calibrated and validated using measured data. Precipitation losses were estimated by the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) method, while precipitation was converted into surface runoff using the SCS synthetic unit hydrograph procedure. The measured seasonal throughfall and stream flow was lower in the catchment with higher share of spruce in the mixed spruce-beech forest. Modeled precipitation losses in the river basins were 92% and 95% of total precipitation, respectively. The results indicate higher interception, infiltration and accumulation of precipitation in the catchment with higher share of spruce in the mixed spruce-beech forest. Forest management practices should aim towards decreased surface runoff in alpine catchments. Therefore implementation of hydrology-oriented sylvicultural measures via a more accurate prediction of the impacts of tree species conversion on runoff generation in this type of alpine catchments is discussed.

  20. D/H Ratios of Terrestrial Lipids from Santa Barbara Basin: A Preliminary Assessment of Paleoclimatic Relevance

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    Sessions, A. L.; Li, C.; Valentine, D. L.; Thiagarajan, N.

    2007-12-01

    Hydrogen isotope (D/H) ratios in sedimentary lipids are increasingly used as a proxy for terrestrial paleoclimate. In arid regions such as southern California, one of the principle problems is finding long-lived lakes to provide the necessary sedimentary archive for this proxy. As a potential alternative, here we explore the D/H record of terrestrial lipids preserved in a marginal marine suboxic basin, Santa Barbara Basin (SBB). Rapid sedimentation, long continuous records, significant terrestrial inputs, and excellent organic preservation all make this site attractive from a geological perspective. But does it record terrestrial climate? To test this, we conducted a survey of lipid D/H ratios in a sediment core collected at the depocenter of SBB, extending back 1200 years before present. Long-chain fatty acids, derived from terrestrial leaf waxes, exhibit virtually no downcore variation in D/H and are uncorrelated with the record of winter Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) in southern California, a proxy for regional precipitation. Long-chain n-alkanes, also derived from leaf waxes, show considerable downcore variability in D/H but are also uncorrelated with PDSI. We believe the temporal variability for n-alkanes may be caused in part by addition of D-enriched fossil hydrocarbons due to increased erosion during wet periods. Regardless, none of these leafwax compounds are a robust paleoclimate proxy in SBB at < 1000-year timescales. In contrast, D/H ratios of n-C22:0 and n-C24:0 fatty acids, commonly attributed to terrestrial aquatic sources, are well correlated with PDSI over this time interval and could serve as a viable paleoclimate proxy. We tentatively attribute the discrepancy between leaf-wax and aquatic biomarkers to a much longer soil residence time for leaf-wax compounds in the watershed, which effectively masks changes over centennial timescales.

  1. Recognising the Anthropocene at a Regional-Catchment Scale

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    Brown, Tony

    2014-05-01

    Recent reviews concerning the recognition of the Anthropocene in geomorphology have focussed on small to medium-sized catchments and have aggregated these studies to derive regional syntheses. However, the erosional and sedimentary responses to human activities vary both in nature and scale within regional-scale or medium to large catchments. Geomorphological responses also vary in their connectivity and this is, and will be, reflected in the residence time of Anthropogenic units and earth surface properties. This paper will explore the variation of anthropogenic responses in a medium-sized sedimentary basin (the Somerset Levels basin) which drains into the estuary of the River Severn in the UK. It will be shown that different human activities at different dates, and driven by very different socio-economic factors, interact and change geomorphic connectivity producing a palimpsest of anthropogenic geomorphic responses with highly variable surface expression and geochemical signatures.

  2. Preliminary Modelling of the Effect of Impurity in CO2 Streams on the Storage Capacity and the Plume Migration in Pohang Basin, Korea

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    Park, Yongchan; Choi, Byoungyoung; Shinn, Youngjae

    2015-04-01

    Captured CO2 streams contain various levels of impurities which vary depending on the combustion technology and CO2 sources such as a power plant and iron and steel production processes. Common impurities or contaminants are non-condensable gases like nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen, and are also air pollutants like sulphur and nitrogen oxides. Specifically for geological storage, the non-condensable gases in CO2 streams are not favourable because they can decrease density of the injected CO2 stream and can affect buoyancy of the plume. However, separation of these impurities to obtain the CO2 purity higher than 99% would greatly increase the cost of capture. In 2010, the Korean Government announced a national framework to develop CCS, with the aim of developing two large scale integrated CCS projects by 2020. In order to achieve this goal, a small scale injection project into Pohang basin near shoreline has begun which is seeking the connection with a capture project, especially at a steel company. Any onshore sites that are suitable for the geological storage are not identified by this time so we turned to the shallow offshore Pohang basin where is close to a large-scale CO2 source. Currently, detailed site surveys are being undertaken and the collected data were used to establish a geological model of the basin. In this study, we performed preliminary modelling study on the effect of impurities on the geological storage using the geological model. Using a potential compositions of impurities in CO2 streams from the steel company, we firstly calculated density and viscosity of CO2 streams as a function of various pressure and temperature conditions with CMG-WINPROP and then investigated the effect of the non-condensable gases on storage capacity, injectivity and plume migrations with CMG-GEM. Further simulations to evaluate the areal and vertical sweep efficiencies by impurities were perform in a 2D vertical cross section as well as in a 3D simulation grid. Also, pressure increases caused by the impurities and the partitioning between CO2 and other non-condensable gases were explored. In addition, the possibility of using these contaminants as a tracer were examined.

  3. A preliminary sub-basin scale evaluation framework of site suitability for onshore aquifer-based CO2 storage in China

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    Wei, Ning; Li, Xiaochun; Wang, Ying; Dahowski, Robert T.; Davidson, Casie L.; Bromhal, Grant

    2013-01-30

    Development of a reliable, broadly applicable framework for the identification and suitability evaluation of potential CO2 storage sites is essential before large scale deployment of carbon dioxide capture and geological storage (CCS) can commence. In this study, a sub-basin scale evaluation framework was developed to assess the suitability of potential onshore deep saline aquifers for CO2 storage in China. The methodology, developed in consultation with experts from the academia and the petroleum industry in China, is based on a multi-criteria analysis (MCA) framework that considers four objectives: (1) storage optimization, in terms of storage capacity and injectivity; (2) risk minimization and storage security; (3) environmental restrictions regarding surface and subsurface use; and (4) economic considerations. The framework is designed to provide insights into both the suitability of potential aquifer storage sites as well as the priority for early deployment of CCS with existing CO2 sources. Preliminary application of the framework, conducted using GIS-based evaluation tools revealed that 18% of onshore aquifer sites with a combined CO2 storage capacity of 746 gigatons are considered to exhibit very high suitability, and 11% of onshore aquifer sites with a total capacity of 290 gigatons exhibit very high priority opportunities for implementation. These onshore aquifer sites may provide promising opportunities for early large-scale CCS deployment and contribute to CO2 mitigation in China for many decades.

  4. A preliminary sub-basin scale evaluation framework of site suitability for onshore aquifer-based CO{sub 2} storage in China

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    Wei, Ning; Li, Xiaochun; Wang, Ying; Dahowski, Robert T.; Davidson, Casie L.; Bromhal Grant S.

    2013-01-01

    Development of a reliable, broadly applicable framework for the identification and suitability evaluation of potential CO{sub 2} storage sites is essential before large-scale deployment of carbon dioxide capture and geological storage (CCS) can commence. In this study, a sub-basin scale evaluation framework was developed to assess the suitability of potential onshore deep saline aquifers for CO{sub 2} storage in China. The methodology, developed in consultation with experts from the academia and the petroleum industry in China, is based on a multi-criteria analysis (MCA) framework that considers four objectives: (1) storage optimization, in terms of storage capacity and injectivity; (2) risk minimization and storage security; (3) environmental restrictions regarding surface and subsurface use; and (4) economic considerations. The framework is designed to provide insights into both the suitability of potential aquifer storage sites as well as the priority for early deployment of CCS with existing CO{sub 2} sources. Preliminary application of the framework, conducted using GIS-based evaluation tools revealed that 18% of onshore aquifer sites with a combined CO{sub 2} storage capacity of 746 gigatons are considered to exhibit very high suitability, and 11% of onshore aquifer sites with a total capacity of 290 gigatons exhibit very high priority opportunities for implementation. These onshore aquifer sites may provide promising opportunities for early large-scale CCS deployment and contribute to CO{sub 2} mitigation in China for many decades.

  5. Preliminary paleogeographic reconstruction of the Illinois basin during deposition of the Mississippian Aux Vases Formation: Implications for hydrocarbon recovery

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    Cole, R.D. (Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign (United States))

    1991-03-01

    Extensive outcrop investigation and selective subsurface study allow definition of Illinois basin paleogeography during deposition of the Mississippian (Valmeyeran-Meramecian) Aux Vases Formation. The results incorporate an integrated approach utilizing field observations and petrographic analysis, wireline logs, subsurface maps, and cores. The Aux Vases Formation depositional system has been determined to be composed of subtidal to intertidal facies. Depositional facies in outcrop are based on rock body geometries, sedimentary structure assemblages, paleocurrent analysis, paleontology of body and trace fossils, facies relationships, and petrography. Depositional facies determined from subsurface data are based on correlation of lithologic interpretations from wireline logs, sand body geometries form isopach maps, and petrography. Specific depositional facies observed in outcrop and core and inferred from wireline logs and isopach maps are offshore bars and tidal channel complexes, extensive subtidal to lower intertidal, ripple-laminated, fine-grained quartzose sandstone. Carbonate facies occur as subtidal grainstones at or near the base of a sequence, or as high energy deposits which have been tidally reworked. This depositional system produces reservoir heterogeneities that complicate efficient hydrocarbon recovery. This diverse facies architecture is modified by tectonic and diagenetic overprinting, further segregating potential producing zones. To significantly improve recovery efficiency, predictions regarding compartmentalization can be used prior to designing a drilling program, an infill drilling program, or an application of enhanced recovery techniques.

  6. 5, 811842, 2008 Catchment modeling

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    Boyer, Edmond

    , UGASC, and Koga, KSC) and one ungauged sub-catchment. Manual calibration of the daily models for three- mance (Nash-Sutcliffe efficiency values, Reff>0.75 and >0.6, respectively, for UGASC and KSC behaviors of the two sub-catchments UGASC and KSC. The dissimilarity in response pattern of the sub

  7. Drainage basin morphometrics for depressional landscapes

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    Lindsay, John B.; Creed, Irena F.; Beall, Frederick D.

    2004-09-01

    Measures of the size, position, and connectivity of depressional wetlands are related to runoff variations among 12 forested catchments on the Canadian Shield under varying moisture conditions. A fine-resolution digital elevation model was used to delineate wetlands within the catchments. Analyses showed that wetland metrics as predictors of runoff variation were superior to catchment area and mean slope, two common basin metrics. The most useful metrics were the area of wetlands in bottomland positions, total wetland area, and volume. During wet periods, catchments containing extensive wetlands were marked by a significant decrease in maximum peak discharge and increase in duration of flow. During mesic and dry periods, catchments containing extensive wetlands were marked by an increase in rise and recession times of peak discharge events and the duration of flows. These characteristics resulted from the interaction between wetlands, their hydrologic connectivity to surface flow paths, and runoff.

  8. Decision Support System for Catawba River Basin

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Laura H. Z. Weintraub; Larry Olmsted; Carl W. Chen; Robert Goldstein; Gene Vaughan; Steve Johnson; Ty Ziegler; Bill Foris; Andy Brown; Doug Besler; Dave Braatz

    2001-01-01

    WARMF (Watershed Analysis Risk Management Framework) was developed as a decision support system for the entire 12,330 km2 (~5,000 mile2) Catawba River Basin of North and South Carolina. The watershed is divided into a network of land catchments, stream segments, and stratified lakes. WARMF applies daily meteorology data to land catchments to simulate runoff and nonpoint loads. The nonpoint loads

  9. Holocene Paleoenvironment of the North-central Great Basin: Preliminary Results from Favre Lake, Northern Ruby Mountains, Nevada

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    Starratt, S.; Wahl, D.; Wan, E.; Anderson, L.; Wanket, J.; Olson, H.; Lloyd-Davies, T.; Kusler, J.

    2009-12-01

    Little is known about Holocene climate variability in north-central Nevada. This study aims to assess changes in watershed vegetation, fire history, lake levels and limnological conditions in order to understand secular to millennial-scale changes in regional climate. Favre Lake (2,899 m a.s.l.; 12 m deep; 7.7 hectares) is a flow-through lake in the northern Ruby Mountains. The primary sources of influent, both of which appear to be intermittent, are Castle Lake (2,989 m a.s.l.) and Liberty Lake (3,077 m a.s.l.). The bedrock of the three lake basins is early Paleozoic marble and Mesozoic granite and metamorphic rocks. Bathymetric maps and temperature, pH, salinity, and conductivity profiles have been generated for Favre Lake. Surface samples and a series of cores were also collected using a modified Livingstone piston corer. The presence of the Mazama ash in the basal sediment (~4 m below the sediment/water interface) indicates the record extends to ~7,700 cal yr B.P. Magnetic susceptibility (MS) and loss-on-ignition data indicate that the sediments in the lowest part of the core contain primary and reworked Mazama ash. About 2,000 years ago CaCO3 increased from 2 to 3% of the inorganic sediment. The upper 25 cm of the core are marked by an increase in MS which may indicate increased erosion due to grazing. Between about 7,700 and 6,000 cal yr B.P. the diatom flora is dominated by a diverse assemblage of benthic species. The remainder of the core is dominated by Fragilaria, suggesting that lake level rose and flooded the shelf that surrounds the depocenter of the lake. This is supported by changes in the abundance of the aquatic fern Isoetes. Pinus and Artemisia dominate the pollen record, followed by subordinate levels of Poaceae, Asteraceae, Amaranthaceae, and Sarcobatus. The late early Holocene (7,700-6,000 cal yr B.P.) is dominated by Pinus which is present in reduced amounts during the middle Holocene (6,000-3,000 cal yr B.P.) and then returns to dominance in the late Holocene (post-3,000 cal yr B.P.). Future research will include analysis of both macro- and micro-charcoal abundances. The charcoal record will augment the suite of data presented here by providing independent evidence of variability in precipitation regimes and drought history. An additional set of cores from a perennial wetland on the eastern edge of the range, Ruby Marsh, will provide a low elevation paleoclimatic counterpoint to this alpine site.

  10. The relative influence of climate and catchment properties on hydrological drought

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Van Loon, Anne; Laaha, Gregor; Koffler, Daniel

    2014-05-01

    Studying hydrological drought (a below-normal water availability in groundwater, lakes and streams) is important to society and the ecosystem, but can also reveal interesting information about catchment functioning. This information can later be used for predicting drought in ungauged basins and to inform water management decisions. In this study, we used an extensive Austrian dataset of discharge measurements in clusters of catchments and combine this dataset with thematic information on climate and catchment properties. Our aim was to study the relative effects of climate and catchment characteristics on drought duration and deficit and on hydrological drought typology. Because the climate of the region is roughly uniform, our hypothesis was that the effect of differences of catchment properties would stand out. From time series of precipitation and discharge we identified droughts with the widely-used threshold level approach, defining a drought when a variable falls below a pre-defined threshold representing the regime. Drought characteristics that were analysed are drought duration and deficit. We also applied the typology of Van Loon & Van Lanen (2012). To explain differences in drought characteristics between catchments we did a correlation analysis with climate and catchment characteristics, based on Pearson correlation. We found very interesting patterns in the correlations of drought characteristics with climate and catchment properties: 1) Droughts with long duration (mean and maximum) and composite droughts are related to catchments with a high BFI (high baseflow) and a high percentage of shallow groundwater tables. 2) The deficit (mean and maximum) of both meteorological droughts and hydrological droughts is strongly related to catchment humidity, in this case quantified by average annual precipitation. 3) The hydrological drought types that are related to snow, i.e. cold snow season drought and snow melt drought, occur in catchments that are have a high elevation, steep slopes, a high percentage of crystalline rock, bare rock and glacier. The conclusion of our research is that it is not straightforward to separate the effects of climate and catchment properties on drought, since they are interrelated. This is especially true for mountainous regions where temperature and precipitation are strongly dependent on altitude. We did however see that the duration of drought is more related to catchment storage (catchment properties) and the severity of drought (represented by the drought deficit) is more related to catchment wetness (climate). Van Loon, A.F., and Van Lanen, H.A.J.: A process-based typology of hydrological drought, Hydrology and Earth System Science, 16, p. 1915-1946, doi: 10.5194/hess-16-1915-2012, 2012

  11. Temporal buffering of climate-driven sediment flux cycles by transient catchment response

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    Armitage, John J.; Dunkley Jones, Tom; Duller, Robert A.; Whittaker, Alexander C.; Allen, Philip A.

    2013-05-01

    The marine sedimentary record can exhibit a systematic cyclicity that is consistent with climate variability driven by Milankovitch-scale forcing. Milankovitch-band cyclicity is widely interpreted in the hemipelagic and pelagic sediments of the marine realm, and in terrestrial paleoenvironments has been observed in lacustrine sediments, soils and river floodplain successions. It remains unclear, however, if and how mountain catchments, as a primary sediment source, respond to these high frequency (<106 yr) climatic cycles, and whether particulate sediment flux signals can be expected to be recorded in the clastic sedimentary record of adjacent basin-fills. Recent field and theoretical studies suggest that mountain catchments respond transiently to high frequency forcing, and so sediment discharge from the catchment is a non-linear function of forcing variables. Using a catchment-basin model, we demonstrate that climate-driven cyclicity in particulate sediment discharge is strongly damped when the period of climate variability is shorter than the response timescale of the eroding landscape. Given that the response timescale of landscapes is of the order of 106 yr, and that Milankovitch-driven climate cyclicity is of the order of 104-105 yr, it is likely that climate-driven perturbation of upland catchments at these periods will be strongly damped by transient landscape behaviour. Our results therefore suggest that stratigraphy built by particulate fluxes from upland catchments, and long-term trends in the sediment delivery to the ocean, may be relatively insensitive to short-term climate variability.

  12. Which catchment properties determine runoff behavior in small catchments?

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    Thomas, B. D.; Lischeid, G.; Steidl, J.; Dannowski, R.

    2012-04-01

    The complexity of Pleistocene landscape and various anthropogenic influences complicate the classification of runoff characteristics of small catchments in northeast Germany. Such a classification would be of use for scientists and water managers in order to estimate the catchments' vulnerability regarding floods and low flows, transfer results to ungauged catchments as well as planning of measures to adapt to climate change. The objective of our study is the use of dimensional reduction technique solely on discharge time series in order to classify runoff behavior of small catchments (< 500 km2) of Brandenburg, Germany. The study is based on data of daily discharge at 40 gauges from 1991 to 2006. Data was provided by the State Office of Environment, Health and Consumer Protection of the Federal State of Brandenburg. Principal Component Analysis was applied to reduce dimensionality to as few principal components as possible explaining still most of the variance in the data. Additionally, meteorological data and catchment properties derived from hydrogeologic, soil and land use maps were included to better understand the results and to check hypotheses about underlying processes and driving forces. The first six components exhibited an eigenvalue exceeding one and explained 73% of the total variance. Analysis of the loadings and comparison with meteorological and catchment properties allowed assigning runoff generating processes to the principal components. The first principal component represented the mean runoff behavior of the time series from all catchments. Further components could be related to precipitation patterns that exhibited a northwest-southeast and southwest-northeast gradient, a higher evapotranspiration by wetlands and river lakes, water management activities and specific behavior or measurement errors at single gauges. Despite our hypothesis that soil, groundwater and land use properties are crucial to understand discharge patterns at small catchments the results show that precipitation patterns and the area of river lakes and wetlands explain most of the variance in our data set. Our method was suited to extract common patterns in catchment runoff. We show challenges in defining catchment similarity arising from runoff generating processes which are correlated. Additionally, similarity in water management and other anthropogenic influences had to be included in this research area. Further, we used this classification to estimate catchments' vulnerability to extremes, especially low flows, and formulate key concerns for water managers.

  13. Runoff Production in the Upper Rio Chagres Catchment, Panama

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    Niezialek, J. M.; Ogden, F. L.

    2003-12-01

    Runoff production in watersheds in the seasonal tropics is governed by a number of factors. The mountainous 414 sq. km upper Rio Chagres watershed offers a unique opportunity to better understand the runoff production mechanisms in seasonal tropical catchments through data analysis and modeling. The upper Rio Chagres catchment provides the majority of inflows to the Panama Canal, has been monitored for over 60 years as part of canal operations. Discharge data are available at both the catchment outlet (Chico gaging station) and an internal catchment location (Rio Piedras gaging station). There are also seven tipping bucket recording rain gages in and around the catchment. Analysis of runoff data reveals anomalously-high runoff production efficiencies early in the wet season. Furthermore, the existence of two quasi-stable base flow regimes during the wet season imply critical threshold storages. Initial field studies have shown that the soils are water repellent during the dry season. Runoff data from the 80 sq. km Rio Piedras subcatchment reveal ephemeral flows throughout the wet season, indicating significant heterogeneity in runoff production and deep groundwater circulation. Preliminary hydrologic modeling is performed with the Sacramento Soil Moisture Accounting Model (SAC-SMA), calibrated using data from 1988 and verified using data from 1989. Further modeling on the flood of 28-31 December, 2000 is also performed. Modeling using the distributed parameter GSSHA model combined with the Sacramento groundwater module allows simulation of distributed runoff. However, the role of interception by the triple-layer tropical canopy and the magnitude of evapotranspiration are uncertain. New data collection is proposed in the Rio Chagres catchment to help quantify interception and evapotranspiration. This instrumentation will include measurements of rainfall above the canopy, cloud stripping, stemflow, throughfall, soil moisture, groundwater, interflow, evapotranspiration and overland runoff. Intensive field observations during the transition from dry to wet season are proposed to develop predictive understanding of unusually-high runoff production efficiencies.

  14. The catchment based approach using catchment system engineering

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    Jonczyk, Jennine; Quinn, Paul; Barber, Nicholas; Wilkinson, Mark

    2015-04-01

    The catchment based approach (CaBa) has been championed as a potential mechanism for delivery of environmental directives such as the Water Framework Directive in the UK. However, since its launch in 2013, there has been only limited progress towards achieving sustainable, holistic management, with only a few of examples of good practice ( e.g. from the Tyne Rivers trust). Common issues with developing catchment plans over a national scale include limited data and resources to identify issues and source of those issues, how to systematically identify suitable locations for measures or suites of measures that will have the biggest downstream impact and how to overcome barriers for implementing solutions. Catchment System Engineering (CSE) is an interventionist approach to altering the catchment scale runoff regime through the manipulation of hydrological flow pathways throughout the catchment. A significant component of the runoff generation can be managed by targeting hydrological flow pathways at source, such as overland flow, field drain and ditch function, greatly reducing erosive soil losses. Coupled with management of farm nutrients at source, many runoff attenuation features or measures can be co-located to achieve benefits for water quality and biodiversity. A catchment, community-led mitigation measures plan using the CSE approach will be presented from a catchment in Northumberland, Northern England that demonstrate a generic framework for identification of multi-purpose features that slow, store and filter runoff at strategic locations in the landscape. Measures include within-field barriers, edge of field traps and within-ditch measures. Progress on the implementation of measures will be reported alongside potential impacts on the runoff regime at both local and catchment scale and costs.

  15. A Preliminary Investigation of The Structure of Southern Yucca Flat, Massachusetts Mountain, and CP Basin, Nevada Test Site, Nevada, Based on Geophysical Modeling

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    Phelps, Geoffrey A.; Justet, Leigh; Moring, Barry C.; Roberts, Carter W.

    2006-01-01

    New gravity and magnetic data collected in the vicinity of Massachusetts Mountain and CP basin (Nevada Test Site, NV) provides a more complex view of the structural relationships present in the vicinity of CP basin than previous geologic models, helps define the position and extent of structures in southern Yucca Flat and CP basin, and better constrains the configuration of the basement structure separating CP basin and Frenchman Flat. The density and gravity modeling indicates that CP basin is a shallow, oval-shaped basin which trends north-northeast and contains ~800 m of basin-filling rocks and sediment at its deepest point in the northeast. CP basin is separated from the deeper Frenchman Flat basin by a subsurface ridge that may represent a Tertiary erosion surface at the top of the Paleozoic strata. The magnetic modeling indicates that the Cane Spring fault appears to merge with faults in northwest Massachusetts Mountain, rather than cut through to Yucca Flat basin and that the basin is downed-dropped relative to Massachusetts Mountain. The magnetic modeling indicates volcanic units within Yucca Flat basin are down-dropped on the west and supports the interpretations of Phelps and KcKee (1999). The magnetic data indicate that the only faults that appear to be through-going from Yucca Flat into either Frenchman Flat or CP basin are the faults that bound the CP hogback. In general, the north-trending faults present along the length of Yucca Flat bend, merge, and disappear before reaching CP hogback and Massachusetts Mountain or French Peak.

  16. A preliminary investigation of the structure of southern Yucca Flat, Massachusetts Mountain, and CP basin, Nevada Test Site, Nevada, based on geophysical modeling.

    SciTech Connect

    Geoffrey A. Phelps; Leigh Justet; Barry C. Moring, and Carter W. Roberts

    2006-03-17

    New gravity and magnetic data collected in the vicinity of Massachusetts Mountain and CP basin (Nevada Test Site, NV) provides a more complex view of the structural relationships present in the vicinity of CP basin than previous geologic models, helps define the position and extent of structures in southern Yucca Flat and CP basin, and better constrains the configuration of the basement structure separating CP basin and Frenchman Flat. The density and gravity modeling indicates that CP basin is a shallow, oval-shaped basin which trends north-northeast and contains ~800 m of basin-filling rocks and sediment at its deepest point in the northeast. CP basin is separated from the deeper Frenchman Flat basin by a subsurface ridge that may represent a Tertiary erosion surface at the top of the Paleozoic strata. The magnetic modeling indicates that the Cane Spring fault appears to merge with faults in northwest Massachusetts Mountain, rather than cut through to Yucca Flat basin and that the basin is downed-dropped relative to Massachusetts Mountain. The magnetic modeling indicates volcanic units within Yucca Flat basin are down-dropped on the west and supports the interpretations of Phelps and KcKee (1999). The magnetic data indicate that the only faults that appear to be through-going from Yucca Flat into either Frenchman Flat or CP basin are the faults that bound the CP hogback. In general, the north-trending faults present along the length of Yucca Flat bend, merge, and disappear before reaching CP hogback and Massachusetts Mountain or French Peak.

  17. Development of a forestry plan for the upper catchment of the South Esk to provide options for socio-economic benefits and taking account of stakeholder participation 

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    Lew, Siew Yan

    for landowners and land managers within the upper catchment, as well as develop a preliminary forestry plan with suggestions about appropriate planting models to be applied in different areas within the upper catchment of the South Esk river, and to study...

  18. Solute Balances for High-Altitude Catchments in the Sierra Nevada, California

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Melack, J. M.; Sickman, J. O.; Leydecker, A.

    2001-12-01

    Catchments in the high elevations of the Sierra Nevada, California, are predominantly granitic, glaciated basins with thin, sparse soils that produce dilute, calcium-bicarbonate waters. The hydrology of these catchments is dominated by the annual accumulation and melting of a very dilute snowpack. We present a comparative analysis of solute balances from eight catchments totaling 36 water years. The catchments vary in area from 25 to 1908 ha and in soil coverage from 22 to 41%, and their outlet elevations range from 2475 to 3390 m. Thorough error propagation was computed for the hydrologic and solute balances to establish uncertainties for each term in the balances. Annual deposition of hydrogen ion ranged from 23 to 128 Eq ha-1, and the basins consumed, on average, 87% of the deposition of hydrogen ions. The catchments exported between 100 and 600 Eq ha-1 of acid neutralizing capacity (ANC, mostly bicarbonate), and the export was positively related to the amount of runoff. In the Emerald catchment, the relationship between runoff and ANC yield was constant during an eleven-year period with a nearly four-fold range in runoff and a five-fold range in hydrogen ion deposition. Among the eight catchments, annual ammonium deposition (mean 51 Eq ha-1) usually exceeded nitrate deposition (mean 45 Eq ha-1) and most nitrogen inputs are utilized within the catchments. Utilization of ammonium from wet deposition averaged more than 96% annually, and nitrate utilization was as high as 95% but more typically was on the order of 20 to 60%.

  19. Groundwater Resources Evolution in Degrading Permafrost Environments: A Small Catchment-Scale Study in Northern Quebec, Canada

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    Molson, John; Lemieux, Jean-Michel; Fortier, Richard; Therrien, Rene; Ouellet, Michel; Barth, Johannes; van Geldern, Robert; Cochand, Marion; Sottas, Jonathan; Murray, Renaud; Banville, David

    2015-04-01

    A two square kilometre catchment in a discontinuous permafrost zone near the Inuit community of Umiujaq on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay in Northern Quebec, Canada, is being investigated to determine the impact of permafrost degradation on groundwater resources. The catchment, which became deglaciated about 7500 years ago, lies in a valley which includes about 30-40 m of glacial-fluvial and marine Quaternary sediments. Permafrost mounds at the site extend from a few meters below ground surface to depths of about 10-30 m. Instrumentation has been installed to measure groundwater levels and temperature, as well as groundwater and surface water geochemistry, isotope signatures (including ?18O and 3H) and stream flow. Preliminary groundwater isotope data reflect depleted ?18O signals that differ from expected values for local groundwater, possibly representing permafrost thaw. In addition, stable water isotopes indicate evaporation from shallow thermokarst lakes. Meteorological conditions including air temperatures, precipitation and snowpack are also being monitored. Near-surface geophysical surveys using electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), induced polarization tomography (IPT), georadar and seismic refraction tomography have been carried out to characterize the catchment and to build a 3D geological site model. A numerical model of coupled groundwater flow and heat transport, including thermal advection, conduction, freeze-thaw and latent heat, is being developed for the site to help develop the conceptual model and to assess future impacts of permafrost degradation due to climate warming. The model (Heatflow/3D) includes nonlinear functions for the temperature-dependent unfrozen moisture content and relative permeability, and has been tested against analytical solutions and using benchmarks developed by the INTERFROST modelling consortium. A conceptual 2D vertical-plane model including several permafrost mounds along a 1 km section shows dynamic seasonal behavior with preferential melting from below due to sub-permafrost horizontal groundwater flow and upward flow to surface water through taliks. Under current environmental conditions, the simulations suggest the remaining permafrost in the basin could completely thaw within 50 years. The long-term monitoring program in the catchment will help develop optimal investigative methods for monitoring hydrogeological systems and groundwater resources under permafrost-degrading conditions, and will help determine how new groundwater resources may become available for northern communities as permafrost thaws and recharge to aquifers increases.

  20. Nutrient sources in a Mediterranean catchment and their improvement for water quality management

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Angela Candela; Gaspare Viviani

    2010-01-01

    Changes in land-use or management strategies may affect water outflow, sediment and nutrients loads. Thus, there is an increasing demand for quantitative information at the catchment scale that would help decision makers or planners to take appropriate decisions. The characterisation of water status, the description of pollution sources impact, the establishment of monitoring programs and the implementation of river basin

  1. Microbial water pollution: A screening tool for initial catchment-scale assessment and source apportionment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. Kay; S. Anthony; J. Crowther; B. J. Chambers; F. A. Nicholson; D. Chadwick; C. M. Stapleton; M. D. Wyer

    2010-01-01

    The European Union Water Framework Directive requires that Management Plans are developed for individual River Basin Districts. From the point of view of faecal indicator organisms (FIOs), there is a critical need for screening tools that can provide a rapid assessment of the likely FIO concentrations and fluxes within catchments under base- and high-flow conditions, and of the balance (‘source

  2. Dissolved organic carbon fluxes in a discontinuous permafrost subarctic alpine catchment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sean K. Carey

    2003-01-01

    The sources and fluxes of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) were investigated within a subarctic catchment with discontinuous permafrost (Granger Basin, Yukon) from 23 June 2001 to 22 June 2002. During spring freshet, stream DOC increased rapidly on the rising limb of the hydrograph, peaked prior to maximum discharge, then declined exponentially to pre-baseflow levels while flows remained high. During summer

  3. Topographical controls on soil moisture distribution and runoff response in a first order alpine catchment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Daniele Penna; Alberto Gobbi; Nicola Mantese; Marco Borga

    2010-01-01

    Hydrological processes driving runoff generation in mountain basins depend on a wide number of factors which are often strictly interconnected. Among them, topography is widely recognized as one of the dominant controls influencing soil moisture distribution in the root zone, depth to water table and location and extent of saturated areas possibly prone to runoff production. Morphological properties of catchments

  4. Catchment-scale biogeography of riverine bacterioplankton

    PubMed Central

    Read, Daniel S; Gweon, Hyun S; Bowes, Michael J; Newbold, Lindsay K; Field, Dawn; Bailey, Mark J; Griffiths, Robert I

    2015-01-01

    Lotic ecosystems such as rivers and streams are unique in that they represent a continuum of both space and time during the transition from headwaters to the river mouth. As microbes have very different controls over their ecology, distribution and dispersion compared with macrobiota, we wished to explore biogeographical patterns within a river catchment and uncover the major drivers structuring bacterioplankton communities. Water samples collected across the River Thames Basin, UK, covering the transition from headwater tributaries to the lower reaches of the main river channel were characterised using 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing. This approach revealed an ecological succession in the bacterial community composition along the river continuum, moving from a community dominated by Bacteroidetes in the headwaters to Actinobacteria-dominated downstream. Location of the sampling point in the river network (measured as the cumulative water channel distance upstream) was found to be the most predictive spatial feature; inferring that ecological processes pertaining to temporal community succession are of prime importance in driving the assemblages of riverine bacterioplankton communities. A decrease in bacterial activity rates and an increase in the abundance of low nucleic acid bacteria relative to high nucleic acid bacteria were found to correspond with these downstream changes in community structure, suggesting corresponding functional changes. Our findings show that bacterial communities across the Thames basin exhibit an ecological succession along the river continuum, and that this is primarily driven by water residence time rather than the physico-chemical status of the river. PMID:25238398

  5. Water erosion processes in an olive orchard catchment using a multidisciplinary approach

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    Guzmán, Gema; Taguas, Encarnación V.; Gómez, José A.

    2015-04-01

    The implementation of soil and water conservation measures in agricultural areas such as, buffer strips, cover crops or check dams, is an important issue in order to maintain soil quality. As these measures involve a significant maintenance and investment, their efficiency must be optimized as much as possible. La Conchuela is an olive orchard catchment of 8.0 ha located in Córdoba (southern Spain) where runoff and sediment losses have been measured at hillslope and catchment scale since 2006. Three different approaches were used to evaluate the behavior of sediment displacement within and from the catchment: soil properties and water erosion and, sediment tracers. During the hydrological year 2010-2011, runoff and soil loss were measured at plot and catchment scale. Chemical (organic carbon and available phosphorus) and physical (particle size distribution) properties were determined in the top 5 cm of the soil and in the sediment collected at plot and catchment scale. Both set of measures were grouped and compared distinguishing between zones (lanes and tree rows) and scales (plot and catchment scale). Finally, these results were compared to the ones obtained using magnetite at hillslope scale regarding soil redistribution after rainfall events during 2008-2010. This study presents a preliminary characterization of the environmental processes occurring during water erosion events to identify significant sources of sediment at hillslope scale and their comparison to the catchment outlet in order to implement local soil and water conservation measures improving their efficiency and therefore reducing the costs associated to them.

  6. Preliminary report on the geology, geophysics and hydrology of USBM/AEC Colorado core hole No. 2, Piceance Creek Basin, Rio Blanco County, Colorado

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    Ege, J.R.; Carroll, R.D.; Welder, F.A.

    1967-01-01

    Approximately 1,400 feet of continuous core was taken .between 800-2,214 feet in depth from USBM/AEC Colorado core hole No. 2. The drill, site is located in the Piceance Creek basin, Rio Blanco County, Colorado. From ground surface the drill hole penetrated 1,120 feet of the Evacuation Creek Member and 1,094 feet of oil shale in the Parachute Creek Member of the Green River Formation. Oil shale yielding more than 20 gallons per ton occurs between 1,260-2,214 feet in depth. A gas explosion near the bottom of the hole resulted in abandonment of the exploratory hole which was still in oil shale. The top of the nahcolite zone is at 1,693 feet. Below this depth the core contains common to abundant amounts of sodium bicarbonate salt intermixed with oil shale. The core is divided into seven structural zones that reflect changes in joint intensity, core loss and broken core due to natural causes. The zone of poor core recovery is in the Interval between 1,300-1,450 feet. Results of preliminary geophysical log analyses indicate that oil yields determined by Fischer assay compare favorably with yields determined by geophysical log analyses. There is strong evidence that analyses of complete core data from Colorado core holes No. 1 and No. 2 reveal a reliable relationship between geophysical log response and oil yield. The quality of the logs is poor in the rich shale section and the possibility of repeating the logging program should be considered. Observations during drilling, coring, and hydrologic testing of USBM/AEC Colorado core hole No. 2 reveal that the Parachute Creek Member of the Green River Formation is the principal aquifer water in the Parachute Creek Member is under artesian pressure. The upper part of the aquifer has a higher hydrostatic head than, and is hydrologically separated from the lower part of the aquifer. The transmissibility of the aquifer is about 3500 gpd per foot. The maximum water yield of the core hole during testing was about 500 gpm. Chemical analyses of water samples indicate that the content of dissolved solids is low, the principal ions being sodium and bicarbonate. Although the hole was originally cored, to a depth of 2,214 feet, ,the present depth is about 2,100 feet. This report presents a preliminary evaluation of core examination, geophysical log interpretation and hydrological tests from the USBM/AEC Colorado core hole No. 2. The cooperation of the U.S. Bureau of Mines is gratefully acknowledged. The reader is referred to Carroll and others (1967) for comparison of USBM/AEC Col0rado core hole No. 1 with USBM/AEC Colorado core hole No. 2.

  7. The large-scale landslide risk classification in catchment scale

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    Liu, Che-Hsin; Wu, Tingyeh; Chen, Lien-Kuang; Lin, Sheng-Chi

    2013-04-01

    The landslide disasters caused heavy casualties during Typhoon Morakot, 2009. This disaster is defined as largescale landslide due to the casualty numbers. This event also reflects the survey on large-scale landslide potential is so far insufficient and significant. The large-scale landslide potential analysis provides information about where should be focused on even though it is very difficult to distinguish. Accordingly, the authors intend to investigate the methods used by different countries, such as Hong Kong, Italy, Japan and Switzerland to clarify the assessment methodology. The objects include the place with susceptibility of rock slide and dip slope and the major landslide areas defined from historical records. Three different levels of scales are confirmed necessarily from country to slopeland, which are basin, catchment, and slope scales. Totally ten spots were classified with high large-scale landslide potential in the basin scale. The authors therefore focused on the catchment scale and employ risk matrix to classify the potential in this paper. The protected objects and large-scale landslide susceptibility ratio are two main indexes to classify the large-scale landslide risk. The protected objects are the constructions and transportation facilities. The large-scale landslide susceptibility ratio is based on the data of major landslide area and dip slope and rock slide areas. Totally 1,040 catchments are concerned and are classified into three levels, which are high, medium, and low levels. The proportions of high, medium, and low levels are 11%, 51%, and 38%, individually. This result represents the catchments with high proportion of protected objects or large-scale landslide susceptibility. The conclusion is made and it be the base material for the slopeland authorities when considering slopeland management and the further investigation.

  8. Geochronological data from the Faxinal coal succession, southern Paraná Basin, Brazil: A preliminary approach combining radiometric U-Pb dating and palynostratigraphy

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    Guerra-Sommer, Margot; Cazzulo-Klepzig, Miriam; Menegat, Rualdo; Formoso, Milton Luiz Laquintinie; Basei, Miguel Ângelo Stipp; Barboza, Eduardo Guimarães; Simas, Margarete Wagner

    2008-03-01

    A radiometric zircon age of 285.4 ± 8.6 Ma (IDTIMS U-Pb) is reported from a tonstein layer interbedded with coal seams in the Faxinal coalfield, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Calibration of palynostratigraphic data with the absolute age shows that the coal depositional interval in the southern Paraná Basin is constrained to the Sakmarian. Consequently, the basal Gondwana sequence in the southern part of the basin should lie at the Carboniferous-Permian boundary, not within the Sakmarian as previously considered. The new results are significant for correlations between the Paraná Basin and the Argentinian Paganzo Basin (302 ± 6 Ma and 288 ± 7 Ma) and with the Karoo Basin, specifically with the top of the Dwyka Tillite (302 ± 3 Ma and 299.2 ± 3.2 Ma) and the lowermost Ecca Group (288 ± 3 Ma and 289.6 ± 3.8 Ma). The evidence signifies widespread latest Carboniferous volcanic activity in western Gondwana.

  9. From rainfall to rivers: A comparison of modelled and measured stable water isotopes in precipitation and river catchments at a global scale

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    Halder, Janine; Terzer, Stefan; Wassenaar, Leonard I.; Araguas-Araguas, Luis; Aggarwal, Pradeep K.

    2015-04-01

    Rivers are a crucial link in the global hydrological cycle as they discharge precipitation, groundwater, and water stored in snowpacks and glaciers back to the world oceans. However, there are essential gaps in hydrological data between rainfall, infiltration, and river discharge to the world oceans. Stable water isotopes are used to trace sources of precipitation and river water, unravel hydrological processes, as well as to assess the water balance of watersheds. With the widespread adoption of laser absorption spectroscopy for water isotope analysis, there is growing potential for an improved integration and application of isotope methods, combined with traditional quantitative and qualitative hydrological studies of large rivers. The Global Network of Isotopes in Rivers (GNIR) has been established a decade ago and aims to fill the informational data gaps between rainfall and river discharge. Here we report the results of a preliminary evaluation of the GNIR data holdings for about 250 river catchments, using measured and modelled stable water isotope compositions. A regionalized, cluster-based precipitation isotope model (RCWIP) was used to compare measured to predicted isotope compositions of riverine catchments. The results help to identify knowledge gaps and to improve the understanding of catchment scale processes of our world river basins. Our analysis suggests that the global GNIR river stations can be clustered into 6 different groups, as a function of their seasonal variation in stable isotope composition. A sinusoidal function reveals that there are periodic phases within each river grouping, which shows that, despite different catchment effects (e.g. river length, width, or amount of baseflow contribution), direct seasonal run-off (isotopic) patterns are preserved. The periodicity of the isotopic run-off signal, however, is dependent on river catchment latitude and snow or glacier meltwater-contributions. The importance of direct precipitation and run-off to the river discharge is confirmed by the strong co- variation of the isotope composition of precipitation and river water on a global scale. However, as most of the world's rivers are impacted to some degree by natural or man-made reservoirs, mixing processes of different water sources and of precipitation from different seasons are observed. The model predicted isotope composition of rivers correlates well with measured river isotope composition, however, some rivers strongly deviate. These deviations are located in arid regions that experience intense evaporation processes, or watersheds having important contributions from glacier-meltwater or permafrost.

  10. Hydrochemical responses among nested catchments of the Sleepers River Research Watershed.

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    Sebestyen, S. D.; Boyer, E. W.; Shanley, J. B.; Kendall, C.

    2005-12-01

    We are probing chemical and isotopic tracers of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and nitrate over both space and time to determine how stream nutrient dynamics change with increasing basin size and differ with flow conditions. At the Sleepers River Research Watershed in northeastern Vermont, USA, 20 to 30 nested sub-basins that ranged in size from 3 to 11,000 ha were sampled repeatedly under baseflow conditions. These synoptic surveys showed a pattern of heterogeneity in headwaters that converged to a consistent response at larger basin sizes and is consistent with findings of other studies. In addition to characterizing spatial patterns under baseflow, we sampled rainfall and snowmelt events over a gradient of basin sizes to investigate scaling responses under different flow conditions. During high flow events, DOC and nitrate flushing responses varied among different basins where high-frequency event samples were collected. While the DOC and nitrate concentration patterns were similar at four headwater basins, the concentration responses of larger basins were markedly different in that the concentration patterns, flushing duration, and maximum concentrations were attenuated from headwaters to the largest basin. We are using these data to explore how flow paths and solute mixing aggregate. Overall, these results highlight the complexities of understanding spatial scaling issues in catchments and underscore the need to consider event responses of hydrology and chemistry among catchments.

  11. Derivation of Geomorphological Instantaneous Unit Hydrographs for Ungauged Sites based on Catchment Self Similarity Properties

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    Chavan, Sagar; Srinivas Vemavarapu, Venkata

    2015-04-01

    Hydrologists extensively use Horton-Strahler (H-S) scheme for ordering (classification) of streams in a catchment. The ordered network forms the basis to determine H-S ratios that find use in modeling hydrological response of the catchment and in establishing relations with the fractal nature of channel network in the catchment. However, utility of H-S ratios has attracted criticism owing to (i) their dependence on the threshold area used for initiation of stream network and (ii) their sensitivity to the position of outlet of catchment. This implies that estimates of H-S ratios and inferences drawn from analysis of a river network that is classified based on H-S ordering scheme are conditional on threshold area, which is undesirable. To overcome these limitations, researchers are dedicating their efforts to arrive at an effective strategy that alleviates the dependence of H-S ratios on threshold area used for extraction of stream network in a catchment. Recently, Moussa (2009) proposed that artefacts associated with estimation of H-S ratios could be overcome if self-similarity properties are applicable to channel network. Equivalent H-S ratios that are independent of threshold area could be estimated for a catchment by using morphometric descriptors determined based on self-similarity properties of channel network in the catchment. Moussa (2009) examined applicability of self-similarity properties on seven catchments in France having area ranging from 738 sq.km to 5346 sq.km. There is dearth of attempts to examine potential of the strategy outside France. In this perspective, hypothesis of self-similarity is verified for stream networks in 201 catchments located in Mahanadi, Godavari, Krishna and Cauvery river basins, whose sizes vary from 160 sq.km to 311,150 sq.km. The river basins cover about 794,515 sq.km area in central and southern parts of India. Results indicated that self-similarity based strategy is effective for the Indian catchments irrespective of their size. Results obtained from the investigations would be presented and discussed. Further, utility of information determined on morphometric descriptors of the catchments in estimating equivalent H-S ratios and subsequently constructing Geomorphological Instantaneous Unit Hydrographs (GIUH) for various ungauged locations in the study area would be demonstrated.

  12. Factors affecting ground-water exchange and catchment size for Florida lakes in mantled karst terrain

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    Lee, Terrie Mackin

    2002-01-01

    In the mantled karst terrain of Florida, the size of the catchment delivering ground-water inflow to lakes is often considerably smaller than the topographically defined drainage basin. The size is determined by a balance of factors that act individually to enhance or diminish the hydraulic connection between the lake and the adjacent surficial aquifer, as well as the hydraulic connection between the surficial aquifer and the deeper limestone aquifer. Factors affecting ground-water exchange and the size of the ground-water catchment for lakes in mantled karst terrain were examined by: (1) reviewing the physical and hydrogeological characteristics of 14 Florida lake basins with available ground-water inflow estimates, and (2) simulating ground-water flow in hypothetical lake basins. Variably-saturated flow modeling was used to simulate a range of physical and hydrogeologic factors observed at the 14 lake basins. These factors included: recharge rate to the surficial aquifer, thickness of the unsaturated zone, size of the topographically defined basin, depth of the lake, thickness of the surficial aquifer, hydraulic conductivity of the geologic units, the location and size of karst subsidence features beneath and onshore of the lake, and the head in the Upper Floridan aquifer. Catchment size and the magnitude of ground-water inflow increased with increases in recharge rate to the surficial aquifer, the size of the topographically defined basin, hydraulic conductivity in the surficial aquifer, the degree of confinement of the deeper Upper Floridan aquifer, and the head in the Upper Floridan aquifer. The catchment size and magnitude of ground-water inflow increased with decreases in the number and size of karst subsidence features in the basin, and the thickness of the unsaturated zone near the lake. Model results, although qualitative, provided insights into: (1) the types of lake basins in mantled karst terrain that have the potential to generate small and large amounts of ground-water inflow, and (2) the location of ground-water catchments that could be managed to safeguard lake water quality. Knowledge of how ground-water catchments are related to lakes could be used by water-resource managers to recommend setback distances for septic tank drain fields, agricultural land uses, and other land-use practices that contribute nutrients and major ions to lakes.

  13. Assessing catchment hydrological functioning using discharge recession analysis based on the Kirchner's method. A case study in the Ardèche catchment (France)

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    Adamovic, Marko; Braud, Isabelle; Branger, Flora; Krier, Robert

    2013-04-01

    Catchments show a high degree of heterogeneity and variability, both in space and time. In order to deal with spatial heterogeneity and process variability in more efficient and more "natural and realistic" manner, model simplifications are needed. Governing equations such as the Darcy or Richards' equation, which are inherent in many hydrological models, are suitable for local scales. However, their application at much larger scales (e.g. catchment scale) remains problematic. The linear reservoir is a well-known and common approach in many catchment-based hydrological models. However, reality shows that those linear equations might not be representative enough for describing hydrological catchment behavior. Kirchner (2009), proposed a simple approach representing catchment behavior as a non-linear reservoir model, assuming that discharge at the outlet is only a function of catchment storage. He also proposed a method to determine non-linear reservoir parameters for this simple bucket model. The objective of this study is to investigate whether this approach is applicable to the Ardèche catchment (2355 km2), located in the southern part of France. The catchment is influenced by a Mediterranean climate with seasonal heavy rainfall events during autumn. The northern and north-western part of the catchment is characterized by steep slopes and igneous and metamorphic rock formations. A further objective is to relate the estimated parameters of the first-order dynamical system to catchment characteristics, in order to be able to develop a distributed model, adapted to the catchment response variability. The challenge for the Kirchner's method is the high geological and pedological heterogeneity of the Ardèche basin. We apply the Kirchner's method to 6 sub-catchments of the Ardèche ranging from 3.9 to 200 km2 using hourly rainfall and discharge data, in order to identify the discharge sensitivity function. We use the obtained corresponding parameters in a simple bucket model similar to the one proposed by Kirchner (2009). To have more representative potential evapotranspiration data used in the model, we introduce crop coefficient seasonality to better represent the data. Performance measurements with the Nash-Sutcliffe coefficient show performances above 80 %. These results clearly indicate that timing and magnitude of simulated discharge is correctly reproduced by the model. Additionally we assess the impact of the seasonality on the model parameterization yielding similar results in the discharge analysis. Our work shows that Kirchner's method can be applied successfully in the Ardèche catchment. Eventually, we observe that geology may be highlighted as a predictor that dominates the overall hydrological response in the basin. Kirchner, J. W. (2009), Catchments as simple dynamical systems: Catchment characterization, rainfall-runoff modeling, and doing hydrology backward, Water Resour. Res., 45, W02429, doi:10.1029/2008WR006912

  14. Expert system outline for the classification of sustainable flood retention basins (SFRBs)

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    Miklas Scholz

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to recommend a rapid classification system for sustainable flood retention basins (SFRBs) to control runoff in a temperate climate. The system should improve communication among engineers and scientists, and was developed with a general database (approximately 660 basins) and a very detailed database (56 basins), using the River Rhine catchment in the South of

  15. Legacy Contaminantion in UK catchments since the mid-19th century

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    Howden, N. J. K.; Burt, T. P.; Worrall, F.; Noacco, V.; Wagener, T.

    2014-12-01

    We present data from UK catchments to characterise impacts of industrial and agricultural development of UK river catchments since the mid-19th century. We draw heavily on the world's longest continuous water quality monitoring programme in the Thames River Basin (1868-date) and discuss the implications of both agricultural development, social and industrial change, and the impact of legislation on coupled land and water resource systems. Our review draws on both data and model analysis over a 145-year period and explores how a multitude of inter-linked drivers affects process-function and practical water resource management decision-support. Our work uncovers key drivers, catchment responses and emergent challenges for process science and regulation, with particular emphasis on the technical challenge for catchment scientists to provide both insight and workable solutions to maintain food and water security in intensively management river basins. We discuss issues of appropriate methods for both data capture and subsequent analyses to support short- and long-term decision making, and particularly considers the importance of advanced techniques to clarify uncertainties in extrapolation of short-term observations to inform long-term goals. We speculate as to future trajectories of catchment responses to current pressures, and potential pitfalls to immediate concerns that may often be at odds with overall requirements for continued use of natural resources in the future.

  16. A Global Classification System for Catchment Hydrology

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    R. A. Woods

    2004-01-01

    It is a shocking state of affairs - there is no underpinning scientific taxonomy of catchments. There are widely used global classification systems for climate, river morphology, lakes and wetlands, but for river catchments there exists only a plethora of inconsistent, incomplete regional schemes. By proceeding without a common taxonomy for catchments, freshwater science has missed one of its key

  17. Neogene tectonics in the Swiss Subalpine Molasse basin: Preliminary results from apatite (U-Th)\\/He ages and fault slip analyses in the Rigi area (Switzerland)

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    J. Lindow; C. Cederbom; O. Oncken; F. Schlunegger; D. Gröpler

    2009-01-01

    Apatite fission-track (AFT) data from wells within the Swiss Subalpine Molasse basin suggest tectonic reactivation and km-scale thrusting in a triangle zone during Plio-Pleistocene times (Cederbom et al., in preparation). An offset in the AFT age\\/depth trend within and between wells penetrating the triangle zone suggest thrusting during or after major exhumation and basin erosion. The aims of this reconnaissance

  18. Farmer Tree Nursery as a Catalyst for Developing Sustainable Best Management Land Use Practices in Lake Victoria Catchments Ecosystem

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    Shisanya, C. A.; Makokha, M. O.; Kimani, S. K.; Kalumuna, M.; Tenge, A.

    Support to farmer nurseries is classified as either hard referring to material inputs (tree seed, water, tools and fencing) or soft (information, training and backstopping advice). Against a background of poor services for smallholder farmers in the Lake Victoria basin, it was hypothesized that a number of support agents operating at the grassroot level together with farmers themselves provide the different support functions needed in the establishment of farmer tree nurseries. Through financial support from Inter-University Council of East Africa coordinated VicReS Project, a collaborative project involving Kenyatta University (Kenya), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and Mulingano Agricultural Research Institute (Tanzania) has been able to initiate reforestation/afforestation activities in Lake Victoria catchments ecosystems of western Kenya and western Tanzania. Through the initial activities, a total of twenty four farmer groups have been identified in western Kenya and supported through capacity building and supply of basic inputs for tree nursery seed bed preparation and management. The groups have been able to set up tree nurseries and are now managing seed beds with a total of 450,000 agro-forestry seedlings, mainly Grevillea robusta and Casuarina spp. The farmers intend to distribute the seedling among the members for planting on farm boundaries, around homesteads and woodlots within their homesteads and sell the surplus. Preliminary findings show that there is an urgent need to facilitate grassroot level support systems with larger participation from the national extension service for provision of training and backstopping advice. Strengthening the human capital of farmers and service providers emerges as critical in increasing impact. Farmer nurseries are shown to play a number of important and interrelated functions in building natural, human and social capital. Monitoring and evaluating farmer nurseries in catalyzing these three functions should therefore receive proper attention in assessing impact of sustainable land use systems. Policies need to be well articulated to address some of the major constrains identified in the Lake Victoria catchments ecosystem.

  19. The influence of land use change on landslide susceptibility zonation: the Briga catchment test site (Messina, Italy)

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    Reichenbach, Paola; Busca, Claudia; Mondini, Alessandro; Rossi, Mauro

    2013-04-01

    Landslides spatial distribution and frequency are the consequence of different meteorological conditions, the land use and environmental settings including topographical, morphological, hydrological, lithology. Lithology and structure change over periods of millions of years, morphology varies rapidly or over a period of centuries if mass wasting processes are consistent, climate, and land use change seasonally or over a period of decades. In this work we have attempted to evaluate the influence of land use change in a period of about 60 years on landslide spatial distribution occurrence (susceptibility) for the Briga catchment test site. The Briga basin is located along the Ionian coast of Sicily (SW of Messina, Italy). On 1 October 2009, the area was hit by a high intensity rainfall event that triggered abundant slope failures, and resulted in widespread erosion and deposition of debris along ephemeral drainage channels. After the storm, an accurate event landslide inventory map was made for the catchment and a pre-event landslide map was prepared using aerial photographs. For the test area two different land use maps were realized. The first was obtained through a semi-automatic classification of a digitized aerial photographs acquired during the year 1954, the second through the combination of supervised classifications of two QuickBird images acquired in 2006 and 2009. Exploiting the two different land use maps, different susceptibility zonations were prepared through a multivariate statistical analysis of a set of morphological and land use information. Differences in the susceptibility models were analyzed to identify: i) land use change effects on the landslide susceptibility; ii) the influence of human action on the land use change and iii) the consequences of land use change on landslide vulnerability and risk. Preliminary results show an overall increase of the susceptibility, probably due to the increase of bare soil to the detriment of forested areas, mainly in correspondence of pre-existing and new urban areas.

  20. Rainfall/runoff processes in a small peri-urban catchment in the Andes mountains. The Rumihurcu Quebrada, Quito (Ecuador)

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    Perrin, J. L.; Bouvier, C.; Janeau, J. L.; Ménez, G.; Cruz, F.

    2001-04-01

    Situated at the foot of the Pichincha volcano, the city of Quito is frequently subjected to hydroclimatic hazards. In 1995 an 11·2 km2 watershed, located in the vicinity of the city, was equipped with eight rain gauges and two flow gauges to better understand the local rainfall/runoff transformation processes. Rainfall simulation experiments were carried out on more than 40 one-square-metre plots to measure infiltration point-processes. The high density of measurement devices allowed us to identify the origin and nature of the various contributions to runoff for the different physiographic units of the watershed: urban area from an altitude of 2800 to 3200 m; farmland, pasture and forested land, and finally páramo above 3900 m. Runoff occurs mainly in the lower part of the basin and is caused by urbanization; however, the natural soils of this area can also produce Hortonian runoff, which is predominant in a few events. This contribution can be studied through rainfall simulation experiments. In the upper natural zone, the younger and more permeable soils generate less runoff on the slopes. However, almost permanently saturated contributing areas, which are located in the bottom of the quebradas, may generate flood events, the size of which depends on the extent of the area concerned. Variations in the runoff coefficients are related first to the baseflow and second to the amount of rainfall in the previous 24 h. This analysis, which underlines the complexity of a small, peri-urban, volcanic catchment, is a necessary preliminary to runoff modelling in an area where very few experiments have been carried out on small catchments.

  1. HYDROLOGIC SENSITIVITIES OF THE SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN RIVER BASIN, CA TO GLOBAL WARMING

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    The hydrologic sensitivities of four medium-sized mountainous catchments in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins to long-term global warming were analyzed. he hydrologic response of these catchments, all of which are dominated by spring snowmelt runoff, were simulated by t...

  2. Deep Drilling to Decipher Potential Interaction Between Shallow and Deep Fluid Systems: Preliminary Results From the INFLUINS Drilling Campaign in the Thuringian Basin, Central Germany

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    Kukowski, N.; Totsche, K. U.; Methe, P.; Goepel, A.; Abratis, M.; Habisreuther, A.; Kunkel, C.; Ward, T.

    2014-12-01

    To shed light on the coupled dynamics of near surface and deep fluid systems in a sedimentary basin on various scales, ranging from the pore scale to the extent of an entire basin, is the overall goal of INFLUINS (INtegrated FLuid dynamics IN Sedimentary basins). To do so is essential to understand the functioning of sedimentary basins fluid systems. An integral INFLUINS topic also is the potential interaction of aquifers within a basin and at its rims. Regionally, INFLUINS is focusing on the Thuringian basin, a well-confined, intra-continental sedimentary basin in central Germany as a natural geo-laboratory. The Thuringian basin is composed of sedimentary rocks from the latest Paleozoic and mainly Triassic and particularly suited to undertake such research as it is of relative small size, about 50 times 100 km, easily accessible, and quite well known from previous studies. INFLUINS consists on several projects tightly connected to each other and coming from various disciplines of geosciences including among others geophysics, hydrogeology, sedimentology, mineralogy, and remote sensing. A deep drilling campaign, which took place close to Erfurt in the center of the basin in summer 2013, is one of the main achievements of INFLUINS. In preparation for deep drilling, in 2011, we conducted an extensive seismic reflection site survey, in the framework of which the center of the basin down to the top basement was imaged in high quality. Drilling went down to a depth of 1179 m, drilling Triassic rocks from Keuper to lower Buntsandstein and led to more than 500 m of cores of excellent quality and more than 600 cuttings samples. Down-hole geophysical logging over the entire depth of the drill hole is complemented with Multi Sensor Core Logging leading to an extensive geophysical data set with a spatial resolution up to the cm-scale. Here, we present overall results of the drilling campaign and focus on the boundaries between major groups as well as between prominent beds including e.g. rock salt and other pronounced aquitards.

  3. Runoff and Solute Mobilisation in a Semi-arid Headwater Catchment

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    Hughes, J. D.; Khan, S.; Crosbie, R.; Helliwell, S.; Michalk, D.

    2006-12-01

    Runoff and solute transport processes contributing to stream flow were determined in a small headwater catchment in the eastern Murray-Darling Basin of Australia using hydrometric and tracer methods. Stream flow and electrical conductivity were monitored from two gauges draining a portion of upper catchment area (UCA), and a saline scalded area respectively. Results show that the bulk of catchment solute export, occurs via a small saline scald (< 2% of catchment area) where solutes are concentrated in the near surface zone (0-40 cm). Non-scalded areas of the catchment are likely to provide the bulk of catchment runoff, although the scalded area is a higher contributor on an areal basis. Runoff from the non-scalded area is about two orders of magnitude lower in electrical conductivity than the scalded area. This study shows that the scalded zone and non-scalded parts of the catchment can be managed separately since they are effectively de-coupled except over long time scales, and produce runoff of contrasting quality. Such differences are "averaged out" by investigations that operate at larger scales, illustrating that observations need to be conducted at a range of scales. EMMA modelling using six solutes shows that "event" or "new" water dominated the stream hydrograph from the scald. This information together with hydrometric data and soil physical properties indicate that saturated overland flow is the main form of runoff generation in both the scalded area and the UCA. Saturated areas make up a small proportion of the catchment, but are responsible for production of all run off in conditions experienced throughout the experimental period. The process of saturation and runoff bears some similarities to the VSA concept (Hewlett and Hibbert 1967).

  4. Preliminary results on the characterization of Cretaceous and lower Tertiary low-permeability (tight) gas-bearing rocks in the Wind River Basin, Wyoming

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    Fouch, T.D.; Keefer, W.R.; Finn, T.M. [and others

    1993-12-31

    The Wind River Basin is a structural and sedimentary basin in central Wyoming (Figure 1) that was created during the Laramide orogeny from Late Cretaceous through Eocene time. The objectives of the Wind River Basin tight gas sandstone project are to define the limits of the tight gas accumulation in the basin and to estimate in-place and recoverable gas resources. The approximate limits of the tight gas accumulation are defined from available drillhole information. Geologic parameters, which controlled the development of the accumulation, are studied in order to better understand the origins of tight gas accumulations, and to predict the limits of the accumulation in areas where little drillhole information is available. The architecture of sandstone reservoirs are studied in outcrop to predict production characteristics of similar reservoirs within the tight gas accumulation. Core and cuttings are used to determine thermal maturities, quality of source rocks, and diagenetic histories. Our work thus far has concentrated in the Wind River Indian Reservation in the western part of the basin.

  5. Preliminary applications of Landsat images and aerial photography for determining land-use, geologic, and hydrologic characteristics, Yampa River basin, Colorado and Wyoming

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    Heimes, F.J.; Moore, G.K.; Steele, T.D.

    1978-01-01

    Expanded energy- and recreation-related activities in the Yampa River basin, Colorado and Wyoming, have caused a rapid increase in economic development which will result in increased demand and competition for natural resources. In planning for efficient allocation of the basin 's natural resources, Landsat images and small-scale color and color-infrared photographs were used for selected geologic, hydrologic and land-use applications within the Yampa River basin. Applications of Landsat data included: (1) regional land-use classification and mapping, (2) lineament mapping, and (3) areal snow-cover mapping. Results from the Landsat investigations indicated that: (1) Landsat land-use classification maps, at a regional level, compared favorably with areal land-use patterns that were defined from available ground information, (2) lineaments were mapped in sufficient detail using recently developed techniques for interpreting aerial photographs, (3) snow cover generally could be mapped for large areas with the exception of some densely forested areas of the basin and areas having a large percentage of winter-season cloud cover. Aerial photographs were used for estimation of turbidity for eight stream locations in the basin. Spectral reflectance values obtained by digitizing photographs were compared with measured turbidity values. Results showed strong correlations (variances explained of greater than 90 percent) between spectral reflectance obtained from color photographs and measured turbidity values. (Woodard-USGS)

  6. What happens when catchments get excited? Exploring the link between hydrologic states and responses across spatial scales

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    Wrede, S.; Lyon, S. W.; Martinez-Carreras, N.; Pfister, L.; Uhlenbrook, S.

    2010-12-01

    Investigating relationships between dynamic hydrologic states and associated hydrologic responses of catchments is essential for a better understanding and conceptualization of hydrologic functioning and classification across spatial scales. Nevertheless, the question of “What happens when catchments get excited?” still remains unanswered for most catchments to date. This is especially true with regard to underlying landscape controls and how their relative importance can shift given the state of the various storages in a catchment. To help answering this question, we combined hydrometric and tracer approaches with landscape analysis in 24 nested catchments in Luxembourg, Europe with contrasting bedrock geology ranging from 0.5 to 1091 km2. In our study we discerned two major hydrological states (dry and wet) for each basin according to slope changes in double mass curves of cumulated discharge and precipitation. For each of these states the long-term (i.e. interannual) response of catchment behavior was characterized using conventional runoff signatures, such as master recession curves and average lag time between rainfall and runoff response. We found significantly different hydrologic responses for different hydrologic states of the catchments. These are typified by faster flow recessions, but longer average lag times during wet states and slower flow recessions, but shorter lag times during dry states. Dominating landscape controls on hydrological responses differed during these distinct hydrologic states and were identified as variables related to geology (percentage of impervious bedrock area) and soils (average soil depth), indicating different controls on hydrologic processes under different hydrologic states. Clustering of biweekly conductivity and silica stream water concentration data of the catchments further illustrated the dominant control of the geology on stream chemistry and revealed similar patterns during different hydrologic states. Our findings demonstrate that hydrologic response and their associated controls are closely linked to the dynamic hydrologic states of the catchments and hence should not be neglected in catchment modeling and classification approaches.

  7. Sediment connectivity evolution on an alpine catchment undergoing glacier retreat

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    Goldin, Beatrice; Rudaz, Benjamin; Bardou, Eric

    2014-05-01

    Climate changes can result in a wide range of variations of natural environment including retreating glaciers. Melting from glaciers will have a significant impact on the sediment transport characteristics of glacierized alpine catchments that can affect downstream channel network. Sediment connectivity assessment, i.e. the degree of connections that controls sediment fluxes between different segments of a landscape, can be useful in order to address management activity on sediment fluxes changes of alpine streams. Through the spatial characterization of the connectivity patterns of a catchment and its potential evolution it is possible to both define sediment transport pathways and estimate different contributions of the sub-catchment as sediment sources. In this study, a topography based index (Cavalli et al., 2013) has been applied to assess spatial sediment connectivity in the Navisence catchment (35 km2), an alpine basin located in the southern Walliser Alps (Switzerland) characterized by a complex glacier system with well-developed lateral moraines on glacier margins already crossed by several lateral channels. Glacier retreat of the main glacial edifice will provide a new connectivity pattern. At present the glacier disconnects lateral slopes from the main talweg: it is expected that its retreat will experience an increased connectivity. In order to study this evolution, two high resolution (2 m) digital terrain models (DTMs) describing respectively the terrain before and after glacier retreat have been analyzed. The current DTM was obtained from high resolution photogrammetry (2 m resolution). The future DTM was derived from application of the sloping local base level (SLBL) routine (Jaboyedoff et al., 2004) on the current glacier system, allowing to remove the ice body by reconstituting a U-shaped polynomial bedrock surface. From this new surface a coherent river network was drawn and slight random noise was added. Finally the river network was burned into the rough surface of the SLBL results. The impact of sediment dynamic changes on the study catchment due to glacier retreat has been assessed by comparing predictions deriving from model application on different scenarios. Simulations allowed the analysis of sediment connectivity evolution over decade scales suggesting an increase of potential sediment transfer and connections in areas close to the main channel network. References: Cavalli, M., Trevisani, S., Comiti, F., Marchi, L., 2013. Geomorphometric assessment of spatial sediment connectivity in small Alpine catchments. Geomorphology 188, 31-41. Jaboyedoff M., Bardou E., Derron M.-H. 2004. Sloping local base level: a tool to estimate potential erodible volume and infilling alluvial sediment of glacial valleys. Swiss Geo-Scientists meeting, November 2004, Lausanne.

  8. Factors controlling mercury transport in an upland forested catchment

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    Scherbatskoy, T.; Shanley, J.B.; Keeler, G.J.

    1998-01-01

    Total mercury (Hg) deposition and input/output relationships were investigated in an 11-ha deciduous forested catchment in northern Vermont as part of ongoing evaluations of rig cycling and transport in the Lake Champlain basin. Atmospheric Hg deposition (precipitation + modeled vapor phase downward flux) was 425 mg ha-1 during the one-year period March 1994 through February 1995 and 463 mg ha-1 from March 1995 through February 1996. In the same periods, stream export of total Hg was 32 mg ha-1 and 22 mg ha-1, respectively. Thus, there was a net retention of Hg by the catchment of 92% the first year and 95% the second year. In the first year, 16.9 mg ha-1 or about half of the annual stream export, occurred on the single day of peak spring snowmelt in April. In contrast, the maximum daily export in the second year, when peak stream flow was somewhat lower, was 3.5 mg ha-1 during a January thaw. The fate of file Hg retained by this forested catchment is not known. Dissolved (< 0.22 ??m) Hg concentrations in stream water ranged from 0.5-2.6 ng L-1, even when total (unfiltered) concentrations were greater than 10 ng L-1 during high flow events. Total Hg concentrations in stream water were correlated with the total organic fraction of suspended sediment, suggesting the importance of organic material in Hg transport within the catchment. High flow events and transport with organic material may be especially important mechanisms for the movement of Hg through forested ecosystems.

  9. Determination of evaporation from a catchment water balance at a monthly time scale

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    Savenije, H. H. G.

    A method is presented to determine total evaporation from the earth's surface at a spatial scale that is adequate for linkage with climate models. The method is based on the water balance of catchments, combined with a calibrated autoregressive rainfall-runoff model. The time scale used is in the order of decades (10 days) to months. The rainfall-runoff model makes a distinction between immediate processes (interception and short term storage) and the remaining longer-term processes. Besides the calibrated rainfall-runoff model and the time series of observed rainfall and runoff, the method requires a relation between transpiration and soil moisture storage. The method is applied to data of the Bani catchment in Mali, a sub-catchment of the Niger river basin.

  10. Hydrological approach using SWAT model to assess nutrient sources in a mesoscale agricultural catchment, Case study: Roxo Catchment, South Portugal.

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    Yevenes-Burgos, M.; Mannaerts, C.

    2009-04-01

    Control of diffuse pollution, caused particularly by agriculture activities, has posed effort in all EU Member Countries with most countries facing problems with the implementation of the EU Nitrate Directive (91/676/EEC). In Portugal, a considerable number of areas have been classified as "vulnerable zones" of nitrate contamination from agricultural sources. Roxo Catchment, located in Beja District, Alentejo Province, South Portugal, is inside the Alqueva area which has been classified as a vulnerable zone during 2006 by the Directive 91/767/CEE. From this agricultural catchment with 352 km2, water accumulates in a reservoir (dam) that provides water supply to Beja City, making it an important evaluation site for nutrients pollution. Therefore, this study explores the use of a spatially referenced hydrological model, Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) to evaluate stream networks of the catchment, in order to asses the effects of land use on water quality along hydrological pathways and denitrification processes, estimating the water balance and sources of nitrate and phosphate in the agricultural catchment. In this study we used data from eight years of climatic information (2001-2008), 4 different land uses and 12 soils units; final product were 12 sub-basin and 313 hydrologic response units (HRU). Comparison of the simulation results with literature data revealed that SWAT provides reasonable results, which can be used for assessing the land use impact in Roxo. The sensitivity analysis indicated low dependency of the model output to minor and moderate changes in model input. The hydrological model was calibrated using the stream flow data generated and nutrient time series from 2000-2003 and for the validation we used data from 2004 to 2008. Nutrients levels were used in order to estimate temporal variability of nutrient contributions from stream networks to the main reservoir. Scenario analysis allowed us to predict the impact of land use on the stream networks and the reservoir of the study area.

  11. The Neogene Forearc Basins of the Ecuadorian Shelf (1°N-2°20'S): Preliminary Interpretation of a Dense Grid of Mcs Data

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    Collot, J. Y.; Hernández Salazar, M. J.; Michaud, F.; Proust, J. N.; Ortega, R.; Aleman, A. M.

    2014-12-01

    Forearc basins serve as a sedimentary archive of sea-level variations and subduction-related tectonic processes. Along the Ecuadorian convergent margin (0°40'N-2°20'S) we interpreted a dense network (one profile every 4 km) of MCS reflection profiles acquired by the Ecuadorian State during the 2009 SCAN cruise with a 8-km-long, 640-channel streamer, and an array of 4000 in3total volume air guns to improve our understanding of the dynamic processes that shape forearc basin stratigraphy and tectonic structures. Isopach and structural maps of the acoustic basement show two structural segments on the margin. The northern segment (0°45'S-0°40'N) is characterized by - three sedimentary basins called Pedernales, Bahía-Jama and Caráquez basins, - N30°-50° trending transcurrent faults and -N80°-90° trending normal faults dipping to the south. The southern segment (2°S-0°45'S) is characterized by acoustic basement high, NS-trending until 1°10'S, with small localized sedimentary basins and by N320°-340° trending normal faults dipping to the north. At least five seismic units separated by unconformities are evidenced in the northern basins. Tentative correlations with geological data from the offshore Caraquez-1 well and the on-shore geology, suggest the following Neogene deformation steps: 1) sedimentary basins were initiated along N80°-90° trending normal faults in a regional N30°-50° trending strike slip system during lower Miocene; 2) deformation ended by a regional erosion (underlined by a flat regional unconformity) after the lower Miocene; 3) subsidence began by an undersea regional erosion after the Middle-Upper Miocene (underlined by an irregular regional unconformity), and 4) uplift and locally subsidence of the shelf edge with reactivation of a strike slip fault system from Pliocene (?) to Present. The arrival of the Carnegie ridge and associated seamounts to the trench axis is proposed at the origin of this last stage.

  12. Relations between triazine flux, catchment topography and distance between maize fields and the drainage network

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    Colin, F.; Puech, C.; de Marsily, G.

    2000-09-01

    This paper puts forward a methodology permitting the identification of farming plots contributing to the pollution of surface water in order to define the zones most at risk from pesticide pollution. We worked at the scale of the small agricultural catchment (0.2-7.5 km 2) as it represents the appropriate level of organisation for agricultural land. The hypothesis tested was: the farther a field undergoing a pesticide treatment is from a channel network, the lower its impact on pollution at the catchment outlet. The study area, the Sousson catchment (120 km 2, Gers, France), has a "herring bone" structure: 50 independent tributaries supply the main drain. Pesticide sales show that atrazine is the most frequently used compound although it is only used for treating maize plots and that its application rate is constant. In two winter inter-storm measurement exercises, triazine flux values were collected at about 30 independent sub-basin outlets. The contributory areas are defined, with the aid of a GIS, as different strips around the channel network. The correlation between plots under maize in contributory zones and triazine flux at related sub-basin outlets is studied by using non-parametric and linear correlation coefficients. Finally, the most pertinent contributory zone is associated with the best correlation level. A catchment typology, based on a slope criterion, allows us to conclude that in steep slope catchments, the contributory area is best defined as a 50 m wide strip around the channel network. In flat zones, the agricultural drainage network is particularly well developed: artificial drains extend the channel network extracted from the 1/25.000 scale topographic map, and the total surface area of the catchment must be taken to account.

  13. 10Be-derived denudation rates from the Burdekin catchment: The largest contributor of sediment to the Great Barrier Reef

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    Croke, Jacky; Bartley, Rebecca; Chappell, John; Austin, Jenet M.; Fifield, Keith; Tims, Stephen G.; Thompson, Chris J.; Furuichi, Takahisa

    2015-07-01

    Terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides (TCNs) such as Beryllium-10 (10Be) are now routinely used to reconstruct erosional rates over tens of thousands of years at increasingly large basin scales (> 100,000 km2). In Australia, however, the approach and its assumptions have not been systematically tested within a single, large drainage basin. This study measures 10Be concentrations in river sediments from the Burdekin catchment, one of Australia's largest coastal catchments, to determine long-term (> 10,000 years), time-integrated rates of sediment generation and denudation. A nested-sampling design was used to test for effects of increasing catchment scale on nuclide concentrations with upstream catchment areas ranging from 4 to 130,000 km2. Beryllium-10 concentrations in sediment samples collected from the upstream headwater tributaries and mid-stream locations range from 1.8 to 2.89 × 105 atoms g- 1 and data confirm that nuclide concentrations are well and rapidly mixed downstream. Sediment from the same tributaries consistently yielded 10Be concentrations in the range of their upstream samples. Overall, no decrease in 10Be concentrations can be observed at the range of catchment scales measured here. The mean denudation rate for all river sediment samples throughout the Fanning subcatchment (1100 km2) is 18.47 m Ma- 1, which compares with the estimate at the end of the Burdekin catchment (130,000 km2) of 16.22 m Ma- 1. Nuclide concentrations in the lower gradient western and southern catchments show a higher degree of variability, and several complications emerged as a result of the contrasting geomorphic processes and settings. This study confirms the ability of TCNs to determine long-term denudation rates in Australia and highlights some important considerations in the model assumptions that may affect the accuracy of limited sampling in large, low-gradient catchments with long storage times.

  14. New boundary conditions for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet: Subglacial topography of the Thwaites and Smith glacier catchments

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    John W. Holt; Donald D. Blankenship; David L. Morse; Duncan A. Young; Matthew E. Peters; Scott D. Kempf; Thomas G. Richter; David G. Vaughan; Hugh F. J. Corr

    2006-01-01

    Airborne radar sounding over the Thwaites Glacier (TG) catchment and its surroundings provides the first comprehensive view of subglacial topography in this dynamic part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) and reveals that TG is underlain by a single, broad basin fed by a dendritic pattern of valleys, while Smith Glacier lies within an extremely deep, narrow trench. Subglacial

  15. Geochemistry of Daihai Lake sediments, Inner Mongolia, north China: Implications for provenance, sedimentary sorting, and catchment weathering

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    Zhangdong Jin; Fuchun Li; Junji Cao; Sumin Wang; Jimin Yu

    2006-01-01

    To advance the understanding of sediment distribution, catchment weathering, hydraulic sorting, and sediment provenance in a tectonically stable basin, the geochemistry of surface sediment samples from Daihai Lake in north China is presented. Mud bulk sediments were analyzed for 10 major and 30 trace elements, organic carbon, and nitrogen and for 87Sr\\/86Sr ratios in silicate fraction (acid insoluble, AI) and

  16. Exploring the Potential Impact of Reforestation on the Hydrology of the Upper Tana River Catchment and the Masinga Dam, Kenya

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    Catchment and the Masinga Dam, Kenya Jennifer Jacobs, Jay Angerer, Jeff Vitale Raghavan Srinivasan, Robert of the most critical resource areas of Kenya. The Masinga Reservoir, at the outlet of the basin, provides, collaborating technical policy analysts working for key government institutions in Kenya identified the need

  17. Channel flow and catchment runoff

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    The International Conference on Channel Flow and Catchment Runoff was held May 22-26 at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in honor of the centennial of Manning's Formula and Kuichling's Rational Formula. Sponsors were the American Geophysical Union, American Society of Civil Engineers, International Association for Hydraulic Research, and International Water Resources Association. Support came from the University of Virginia and the National Weather Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists from 24 countries gave about 100 presentations.

  18. Relict rock glaciers as groundwater storage in alpine catchments - the example of the Seckauer Tauern Range

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    Wagner, Thomas; Pauritsch, Marcus; Winkler, Gerfried

    2015-04-01

    Debris accumulations like relict rock glaciers (RRG) might act as groundwater storages in alpine catchments influencing the discharge dynamics of mountain streams. The degree of influence is related to the hydrometeorological conditions and changes seasonally. Especially during drought and flood events, the storage/buffer abilities of RRGs have an impact on the downstream river network. Stream flow could be assured during low flow periods and peak flows might be dampened during storm events. The assessment of the impact is investigated in the Seckauer Tauern Range, the easternmost subunit of the Niedere Tauern Range. In more detail, the discharge of a spring (Schöneben spring) emerging at the front of a RRG draining a catchment of 0.67 km² and discharges at gauging stations Finsterliesing and Unterwald further downstream with areal extents of 7.26 and 44.10 km² respectively are used as input for a lumped-parameter rainfall-runoff model, a modified version of the GR4J (Perrin et al., 2003). The Schöneben spring is 100% influenced by the RRG groundwater storage, as the whole catchment drains through the RRG. The flow dynamics of the other catchments are influenced only partially by RRGs with 15 and 12% as only headwater sections of it are drained by RRGs. The areal extend of the RRG (sub-) catchments, vegetation, debris in general and bare rock are compared to the storage parameters (routing and production store) of the rainfall-runoff model. As such, the influence of RRGs can be identified even in the overall catchment. It can be concluded that RRGs, due to their storage and buffer capabilities and abundance in the Seckauer Tauern Range are important for stream basin management and as a water resource for the sensitive ecosystem in alpine catchments. References: Perrin, C., Michel, C., Andréassian, V. (2003): Improvement of a parsimonious model for streamflow simulation. Journal of Hydrology 279, 275-289.

  19. Predicting river water quality across North West England using catchment characteristics

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    Rothwell, J. J.; Dise, N. B.; Taylor, K. G.; Allott, T. E. H.; Scholefield, P.; Davies, H.; Neal, C.

    2010-12-01

    SummaryLinear relationships between regional water quality and catchment characteristics (terrain, land cover, geology, base flow index and rainfall) are examined for rivers in North West England using a GIS-based approach and an extensive Environment Agency water quality database. The study considers the role of diffuse and distal point sources on river water quality. The results show that base cation concentrations are strongly linked to catchment terrain and land cover, while pH is linked to bedrock geology and land cover. Mean nitrate concentrations are most strongly related to arable cover, although distal point sources in urban and rural catchments appear to have a significant effect on river nitrate concentrations in the region. Orthophosphate and suspended sediment concentrations are most closely related to the percentage urban development. Linear models are tested on a large independent water quality dataset, resulting in maps showing predicted water quality across the region. The approach works well for the prediction of nitrate concentrations and other constituents which have predominantly diffuse sources. In contrast, the linear approach to predicting orthophosphate concentrations in North West rivers using catchment characteristics is problematic. The major influence of point sources may mask the effect of wider basin attributes on orthophosphate concentrations. Within-river processing of phosphorus may also explain why the relationship breaks down. Further work is needed to explain phosphorus contributions and variability in North West rivers, especially in the context of effective catchment management.

  20. Will urban expansion lead to an increase in future water pollution loads?--a preliminary investigation of the Haihe River Basin in northeastern China.

    PubMed

    Dong, Yang; Liu, Yi; Chen, Jining

    2014-01-01

    Urban expansion is a major driving force changing regional hydrology and nonpoint source pollution. The Haihe River Basin, the political, economic, and cultural center of northeastern China, has undergone rapid urbanization in recent decades. To investigate the consequences of future urban sprawl on nonpoint source water pollutant emissions in the river basin, the urban sprawl in 2030 was estimated, and the annual runoff and nonpoint source pollution in the Haihe River basin were simulated. The Integrated Model of Non-Point Sources Pollution Processes (IMPULSE) was used to simulate the effects of urban sprawl on nonpoint source pollution emissions. The outcomes indicated that the urban expansion through 2030 increased the nonpoint source total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorous (TP), and chemical oxygen demand (COD) emissions by 8.08, 0.14, and 149.57 kg/km(2), respectively. Compared to 2008, the total nonpoint emissions rose by 15.33, 0.57, and 12.39 %, respectively. Twelve percent of the 25 cities in the basin would increase by more than 50 % in nonpoint source TN and COD emissions in 2030. In particular, the nonpoint source TN emissions in Xinxiang, Jiaozuo, and Puyang would rise by 73.31, 67.25, and 58.61 %, and the nonpoint source COD emissions in these cities would rise by 74.02, 51.99, and 53.27 %, respectively. The point source pollution emissions in 2008 and 2030 were also estimated to explore the effects of urban sprawl on total water pollution loads. Urban sprawl through 2030 would bring significant structural changes of total TN, TP, and COD emissions for each city in the area. The results of this study could provide insights into the effects of urbanization in the study area and the methods could help to recognize the role that future urban sprawl plays in the total water pollution loads in the water quality management process. PMID:24532209

  1. Hydrothermal deposits in the Southern Trough of Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California: Observations and Preliminary Results from the 2003 MBARI Dive Program

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. S. Stakes; M. K. Tivey; R. A. Koski; A. Ortego-Osorio; C. M. Preston; M. T. McCulloch; K. Nakamura; J. Seewald; C. G. Wheat

    2003-01-01

    During Leg 2 of the 2003 MBARI expedition to the Gulf of California, the ROV Tiburon completed eight dives to active vent fields in the Southern Trough of Guaymas Basin. Six venting areas were investigated in detail. Tiburon operations included (1) sampling mineral deposits that range from mini-chimneys a few centimeters high to 10-meter-tall sulfide-carbonate structures with wide flanges; (2)

  2. Influence of geology, regolith and soil on fluid flow pathways in an upland catchment in central NSW, Australia

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    Bernardi, Tony

    2014-05-01

    Influence of geology, regolith and soil on fluid flow pathways in an upland catchment in central NSW, Australia. Tony Bernardi and Leah Moore Dryland Salinity Hazard Mitigation Program (DSHMP), University of Canberra, ACT 2601, AUSTRALIA The diversity of salt expression in central NSW has defied classification because salt expression, mobilisation and transport is highly variable and is typically site specific. Hydrological models are extensively used to simulate possible outcomes for a range of land use changes to mitigate the mobilisation and transport of salt into the streams or across the land surface. The ability of these models to mimic reality can be variable thereby reducing the confidence in the models outputs and uptake of strategic management changes by the community. This study focuses on a 250 ha semi-arid sub-catchment of Little River catchment in central west NSW in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. We propose that an understanding the structure of the landforms and configuration of rock, regolith and soil materials at the study site influences fluid flow pathways in the landscape and can be related to observed variations in the chemical composition and salinity of surface and aquifer water. Preliminary geological mapping of the site identified the dominant rock type as a pink and grey dacite and in localised mid-slope areas, a coarsely crystalline biotite-phyric granodiorite. Samples were taken at regular intervals from natural exposures in eroded stream banks and in excavations made during the installation of neutron moisture meter tubes. In order to establish mineral weathering pathways, samples were taken from the relatively unweathered core to the outer weathered 'onion skins' of corestones on both substrates, and then up through the regolith profile, including the soil zone, to the land surface. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) was conducted on the rock and soil/saprock samples. Electromagnetic induction (EMI) profile data were compiled from previous work with colleagues in this area. Preliminary interpretation of the mapping and the geophysics is that there is a three-layer framework for groundwater modelling: fractured granitic rock with an irregular upper surface, finer-grained (volcanic) rock that has either mantled the older granite or has been intruded into, and a weathering profile developed in relation to the land surface. More careful interpretation of the intervals that shallow and deep piezometers and shallow and deep bores are sampling indicates that variability in water chemistry between holes can, in part, be explained because they are sampling different materials in the sub-surface geology/regolith geology. Quartz is a relatively resistant phase throughout the profiles. For both substrates there is a decrease in the feldspar in increasingly weathered regolith materials, with a corresponding increase in kaolinite clay. There is increased homogenisation of the profile, and some horizonation due to pedogenic processes (e.g. bioturbation, illuviation of fines down profile) nearer the land surface. This results in a concentration of more resistant phases (quartz and remnant primary feldspar as sands) at the land surface over the granitic substrate, however kaolinite persists in the profile over the finer substrate. The presence of measurable ferruginous oxides and sesquioxides relates to localised percolation of oxidising fluids through the profiles. Understanding the configuration and composition of rocks and regolith materials in the Baldry catchment facilitates interpretation of observed patterns in hydrological analyses.

  3. How tritium illuminates catchment structure

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    Stewart, M.; Morgenstern, U.; McDonnell, J.

    2012-04-01

    Streams contain water which has taken widely-varying times to pass through catchments, and the distribution of ages is likely to change with the flow. Part of the water has 'runoff' straight to the stream with little delay, other parts are more delayed and some has taken years (in some cases decades) to traverse the deeper regolith or bedrock of the catchment. This work aims to establish the significance of the last component, which is important because it can cause catchments to have long memories of contaminant inputs (e.g. nitrate). Results of tritium studies on streams world-wide were accessed from the scientific literature. Most of the studies assumed that there were just two age-components present in the streams (i.e. young and old). The mean ages and proportions of the components were found by fitting simulations to tritium data. It was found that the old component in streams was substantial (average was 50% of the annual runoff) and had considerable age (average mean age was 10 years) (Stewart et al., 2010). Use of oxygen-18 or chloride variations to estimate streamflow mean age usually does not reveal the age or size of this old component, because these methods cannot detect water older than about four years. Consequently, the use of tritium has shown that substantial parts of streamflow in headwater catchments are older than expected, and that deep groundwater plays an active and sometimes even a dominant role in runoff generation. Difficulties with interpretation of tritium in streams in recent years due to interference from tritium due to nuclear weapons testing are becoming less serious, because very accurate tritium measurements can be made and there is now little bomb-tritium remaining in the atmosphere. Mean ages can often be estimated from single tritium measurements in the Southern Hemisphere, because there was much less bomb-tritium in the atmosphere. This may also be possible for some locations in the Northern Hemisphere. Age determination on single samples allows the variation of mean age with streamflow to be investigated, as observed in the Toenepi Catchment in New Zealand where baseflow mean ages varied from 4 to 155 years depending on flow (Morgenstern et al., 2010).

  4. SCOPE 51 -Biogeochemistry of Small Catchments 15 Small Catchment Studies in the Tropical Zone

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    Vegas Vlarrúbia, Teresa

    DISTURBANCES AND USEFULNESS OF SMALL CATCHMENT STUDIES 15.2.1 DEFORESTATION 15.2.2 BURNING 15.2.3 MINING 15 ON SMALL CATCHMENT ECOSYSTEMS IN SE VENEZUELA 15.3.3 EFFECT OF DIKING ON SMALL CATCHMENT ECOSYSTEMS.2.1 DEFORESTATION In the past, human impact on tropical rain forest was limited only to establishment of small

  5. Sydney Catchment Authority Managing Biodiversity in the Sydney Water

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    Canberra, University of

    Sydney Catchment Authority Managing Biodiversity in the Sydney Water Supply Catchments Outcomes........................................................................................................................................ 1 2 KEY QUESTIONS RELATING TO BIODIVERSITY IN THE SYDNEY WATER SUPPLY CATCHMENTS........................................................................................................................................... 2 2.1 WHAT IS BIODIVERSITY

  6. The impact of land management in agricultural catchments on groundwater pollution levels

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    Matysik, Magdalena

    2014-10-01

    Agricultural activity results in water pollution from nitrogen and phosphorus compounds. Increased concentrations of nitrogen compounds pose a threat to animal and human health. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of agriculture in a catchment basin on the level of groundwater pollution from biogenic compounds. Spatial analysis of the land cover was conducted using a GIS and was based on data from the Corine Land Cover databases.

  7. Fluvial transportation and sedimentation of the Fu-shan small experimental catchments

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chia-Hung Jen; Jiun-Chuan Lin; Mei-Ling Hsu; David N. Petley

    2006-01-01

    The Fu-shan long-term ecological site is one of Taiwan's mid-altitude forest drainage basins. This study provides an estimation of the denudation rate for two small catchments within that site. Data upon which the estimation is based include topographic maps, site surveys, and measurements on bed, dissolved, and suspended loads over the period from 1998 to 2000. The result indicates that

  8. The hydrological regime of a forested tropical Andean catchment

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    Clark, K. E.; Torres, M. A.; West, A. J.; Hilton, R. G.; New, M.; Horwath, A. B.; Fisher, J. B.; Rapp, J. M.; Robles Caceres, A.; Malhi, Y.

    2014-12-01

    The hydrology of tropical mountain catchments plays a central role in ecological function, geochemical and biogeochemical cycles, erosion and sediment production, and water supply in globally important environments. There have been few studies quantifying the seasonal and annual water budgets in the montane tropics, particularly in cloud forests. We investigated the water balance and hydrologic regime of the Kosñipata catchment (basin area: 164.4 km2) over the period 2010-2011. The catchment spans over 2500 m in elevation in the eastern Peruvian Andes and is dominated by tropical montane cloud forest with some high-elevation puna grasslands. Catchment-wide rainfall was 3112 ± 414 mm yr-1, calculated by calibrating Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) 3B43 rainfall with rainfall data from nine meteorological stations in the catchment. Cloud water input to streamflow was 316 ± 116 mm yr-1 (9.2% of total inputs), calculated from an isotopic mixing model using deuterium excess (Dxs) and ?D of waters. Field streamflow was measured in 2010 by recording height and calibrating to discharge. River run-off was estimated to be 2796 ± 126 mm yr-1. Actual evapotranspiration (AET) was 688 ± 138 mm yr-1, determined using the Priestley and Taylor-Jet Propulsion Laboratory (PT-JPL) model. The overall water budget was balanced within 1.6 ± 13.7%. Relationships between monthly rainfall and river run-off follow an anticlockwise hysteresis through the year, with a persistence of high run-off after the end of the wet season. The size of the soil and shallow groundwater reservoir is most likely insufficient to explain sustained dry-season flow. Thus, the observed hysteresis in rainfall-run-off relationships is best explained by sustained groundwater flow in the dry season, which is consistent with the water isotope results that suggest persistent wet-season sources to streamflow throughout the year. These results demonstrate the importance of transient groundwater storage in stabilising the annual hydrograph in this region of the Andes.

  9. Ensemble predictions of runoff in ungauged catchments

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Neil McIntyre; Hyosang Lee; Howard Wheater; Andy Young; Thorsten Wagener

    2005-01-01

    A new approach to regionalization of conceptual rainfall-runoff models is presented on the basis of ensemble modeling and model averaging. It is argued that in principle, this approach represents an improvement on the established procedure of regressing parameter values against numeric catchment descriptors. Using daily data from 127 catchments in the United Kingdom, alternative schemes for defining prior and posterior

  10. The geography of the Humber catchment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Helen P. Jarvie; Colin Neal; Alice J. Robson

    1997-01-01

    The geography of the Humber catchment is described in relation to the varied geology, relief, resources, industrial structure and location, agriculture and population distribution. The review of catchment characteristics is set within an historical perpective, with an evaluation of current and possible future trends in agriculture, population, industry and possible implications for river water quality.

  11. Attributes for NHDPlus Catchments (Version 1.1) for the Conterminous United States: Hydrologic Landscape Regions

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This data set represents the area of Hydrologic Landscape Regions (HLR) compiled for every catchment of NHDPlus for the conterminous United States. The source data set is a 100-meter version of Hydrologic Landscape Regions of the United States (Wolock, 2003). HLR groups watersheds on the basis of similarities in land-surface form, geologic texture, and climate characteristics. The NHDPlus Version 1.1 is an integrated suite of application-ready geospatial datasets that incorporates many of the best features of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and the National Elevation Dataset (NED). The NHDPlus includes a stream network (based on the 1:100,00-scale NHD), improved networking, naming, and value-added attributes (VAAs). NHDPlus also includes elevation-derived catchments (drainage areas) produced using a drainage enforcement technique first widely used in New England, and thus referred to as "the New England Method." This technique involves "burning in" the 1:100,000-scale NHD and when available building "walls" using the National Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD). The resulting modified digital elevation model (HydroDEM) is used to produce hydrologic derivatives that agree with the NHD and WBD. Over the past two years, an interdisciplinary team from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and contractors, found that this method produces the best quality NHD catchments using an automated process (USEPA, 2007). The NHDPlus dataset is organized by 18 Production Units that cover the conterminous United States. The NHDPlus version 1.1 data are grouped by the U.S. Geologic Survey's Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). MRB1, covering the New England and Mid-Atlantic River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 1 and 2. MRB2, covering the South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 3 and 6. MRB3, covering the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 4, 5, 7 and 9. MRB4, covering the Missouri River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 10-lower and 10-upper. MRB5, covering the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 8, 11 and 12. MRB6, covering the Rio Grande, Colorado and Great Basin River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 13, 14, 15 and 16. MRB7, covering the Pacific Northwest River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 17. MRB8, covering California River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 18.

  12. The Saale-Project -A multidisciplinary approach towards sustainable integrative catchment management -

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    Bongartz, K.; Flügel, W. A.

    2003-04-01

    In the joint research project “Development of an integrated methodology for the sustainable management of river basins The Saale River Basin example”, coordinated by the Centre of Environmental Research (UFZ), concepts and tools for an integrated management of large river basins are developed and applied for the Saale river basin. The ultimate objective of the project is to contribute to the holistic assessment and benchmarking approaches in water resource planning, as required by the European Water Framework Directive. The study presented here deals (1) with the development of a river basin information and modelling system, (2) with the refinement of a regionalisation approach adapted for integrated basin modelling. The approach combines a user friendly basin disaggregation method preserving the catchment’s physiographic heterogeneity with a process oriented hydrological basin assessment for scale bridging integrated modelling. The well tested regional distribution concept of Response Units (RUs) will be enhanced by landscape metrics and decision support tools for objective, scale independent and problem oriented RU delineation to provide the spatial modelling entities for process oriented and distributed simulation of vertical and lateral hydrological transport processes. On basis of this RUs suitable hydrological modelling approaches will be further developed with strong respect to a more detailed simulation of the lateral surface and subsurface flows as well as the channel flow. This methodical enhancement of the well recognised RU-concept will be applied to the river basin of the Saale (Ac: 23 179 km2) and validated by a nested catchment approach, which allows multi-response-validation and estimation of uncertainties of the modelling results. Integrated modelling of such a complex basin strongly influenced by manifold human activities (reservoirs, agriculture, urban areas and industry) can only be achieved by coupling the various modelling approaches within a well defined model framework system. The latter is interactively linked with a sophisticated geo-relational database (DB) serving all research teams involved in the project. This interactive linkage is a core element comprising an object-oriented, internet-based modelling framework system (MFS) for building interdisciplinary modelling applications and offering different analysis and visualisation tools.

  13. Attributes for NHDPlus catchments (Version 1.1) for the conterminous United States: STATSGO soil characteristics

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This data set represents estimated soil variables compiled for every catchment of NHDPlus for the conterminous United States. The variables included are cation exchange capacity, percent calcium carbonate, slope, water-table depth, soil thickness, hydrologic soil group, soil erodibility (k-factor), permeability, average water capacity, bulk density, percent organic material, percent clay, percent sand, and percent silt. The source data set is the State Soil ( STATSGO ) Geographic Database (Wolock, 1997). The NHDPlus Version 1.1 is an integrated suite of application-ready geospatial datasets that incorporates many of the best features of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and the National Elevation Dataset (NED). The NHDPlus includes a stream network (based on the 1:100,00-scale NHD), improved networking, naming, and value-added attributes (VAAs). NHDPlus also includes elevation-derived catchments (drainage areas) produced using a drainage enforcement technique first widely used in New England, and thus referred to as "the New England Method." This technique involves "burning in" the 1:100,000-scale NHD and when available building "walls" using the National Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD). The resulting modified digital elevation model (HydroDEM) is used to produce hydrologic derivatives that agree with the NHD and WBD. Over the past two years, an interdisciplinary team from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and contractors, found that this method produces the best quality NHD catchments using an automated process (USEPA, 2007). The NHDPlus dataset is organized by 18 Production Units that cover the conterminous United States. The NHDPlus version 1.1 data are grouped by the U.S. Geologic Survey's Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). MRB1, covering the New England and Mid-Atlantic River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 1 and 2. MRB2, covering the South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 3 and 6. MRB3, covering the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 4, 5, 7 and 9. MRB4, covering the Missouri River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 10-lower and 10-upper. MRB5, covering the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 8, 11 and 12. MRB6, covering the Rio Grande, Colorado and Great Basin River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 13, 14, 15 and 16. MRB7, covering the Pacific Northwest River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 17. MRB8, covering California River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 18.

  14. Process type identification in torrential catchments

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    Heiser, Micha; Scheidl, Christian; Eisl, Julia; Spangl, Bernhard; Hübl, Johannes

    2015-04-01

    The classification of torrential processes takes place according to factors like sediment concentration and flow behavior and ranges from fluvial process types, including water floods and fluvial sediment transport processes, to fluvial mass movements such as debris flows. This study hypothises a context between basic geomorphological disposition parameters and potential dominant flow process types in steep headwater catchments. Thus, examined catchments were selected based on a historical event documentation of torrential events in the Austrian Alps. In total, 84 catchments could be analysed, and 11 different morphometric parameters were considered. To predict the dominant torrential process type within a catchment, a naive Bayes classifier, a decision tree model, and a multinomial regression model was trained against the compiled geomorphological disposition parameters. All models as well as their combination were compared, based on bootstrapping and complexity. The presented classification model with the lowest prediction error for our data might help to identify the most likely torrential process within a considered catchment.

  15. Potential of using WATCH forcing data to model a low land river basin of the upper Murray-Darling basin in Australia

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    Kundu, D.; Van Ogtrop, F. F.; Vervoort, R. W.

    2014-12-01

    Scattered station based climate data is often not sufficient to describe the dynamics of the catchment processes and efficiently manage the water resources. Therefore, a lot of focus has been to identify alternative distributed data sources, such as; remotely sensed data or global re-analysis data. Hence, this study uses the Water and Global Change (WATCH) forcing data, based on 40 years ECMWF Re-Analysis (ERA-40), to model a semi-arid low land flood plain river basin in a data sparse region. The semi-distributed Soil Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) was used to model the river basin (Warrego, 52140.6 square km) located in the upper Murray-Darling basin in Eastern Australia. Multi station model calibration was achieved using the Sequential Uncertainty Fitting -2 (SUFI-2) algorithm with the Nash Sutcliffe Efficiency (NSE) as the goal function against monthly observed flow data. Modelling of a low land river system is highly challenging, due to topographic heterogeneity, nonlinear climatic behavior and sparse observed flow data with extended periods of zero flows. Preliminary simulation results indicate a NSE of 0.26 to 0.86 for the calibration period and 0.04 to 0.47 for the validation period. Furthermore, the volume fraction explained by the model ranged from 0.69 to 2.71 in the validation period. While the unsatisfactory results may be attributed to the SWAT modelling framework, which struggles with modelling flow in flat flood plains, the study does reveal the potential to use remotely sensed data in low land river basins with little or no climate data.

  16. Morphometric properties of the trans-Himalayan river catchments: Clues towards a relative chronology of orogen-wide drainage integration

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    Ghosh, Parthasarathi; Sinha, Sayan; Misra, Arindam

    2015-03-01

    The geomorphological evolution of the Himalayan mountain belt both in terms of crustal deformation and concomitant erosion by surface processes has been suggested to have a profound influence on a number of earth system processes and has been extensively researched through a number of different techniques. The huge catchments of the trans-Himalayan rivers are the product of long-term fluvial erosion of the landscape. This work attempts to understand their evolution through a study of drainage network, morphology, and internal organization of the smaller watersheds nested within each catchment. Using morphometric techniques applied to an orogen-wide digital elevation data grid, we characterized the drainage network structure and catchment of all the 18 trans-Himalayan rivers situated between the exits of the Indus and Brahmaputra rivers and constructed rectangular approximations of the catchment geometries. With the help of catchment dimensions measured transverse and parallel to the strike of the orogen, and by analyzing the dimension and spatial dispositions of the rectangular approximations, we demonstrate that the trans-Himalayan catchment shapes cannot be explained only as a product of the headward enlargement of drainage networks on a topographic slope, or orogenic taper. Within individual catchments we identified the existence of drainage components (watersheds) that are organized in a systematic manner with respect to the first-order physiographic features of the Himalayas, formed at different periods of geological time. Each of them shows distinct morphometric characteristics that are indicative of differences in processes and / or time scale involved in their formation. The hypsometric properties of the watersheds occupying the upper part of the catchments suggest that they are the remnants of pre-orogenic drainage that became confined to the leeward side of the Himalayas before the advent of monsoon circulation. The shape and organization of the transverse watersheds occurring in the middle of the catchments resemble a series of small drainage basins formed on the precursor topography of the modern Himalayas. The lower parts of the catchments were shaped instead by drainage diversions induced by deformations related to the frontal thrust. We show how the shape of the catchments represents an integration of processes such as headward drainage enlargement, capture of pre-existing drainage, and diversion of drainage in response to crustal deformation at successive stages of Himalayan mountain growth. We further show that there is a systematic change in the morphological characters and organization of the watersheds, nested in the catchments, from the middle towards the flanks of the Himalayas indicating the variations in relative influence of different drainage evolution processes and the orogen-scale heterogeneity in tectonic style.

  17. Regional flood frequency analysis for the Gan-Ming River basin in China

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Zhang Jingyi; M. J. Hall

    2004-01-01

    A regionalised relationship to estimate flood magnitudes for ungauged and poorly gauged catchments can be established using regional flood frequency analysis. The geographical approach (Residuals method), Ward's cluster method, the Fuzzy c-means method and a Kohonen neural network were applied to 86 sites in the Gan River Basin of Jiangxi Province and the Ming River Basin of Fujian Province in

  18. Collaborative knowledge in catchment research networks

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    Macleod, Christopher Kit

    2015-04-01

    There is a need to improve the production, sharing and use of collaborative knowledge of catchment systems through networks of researchers, policy makers and practitioners. This requires greater levels of systems based integrative research. In parallel to the growing realization that greater levels of collaborative knowledge in scientific research networks are required, a digital revolution has been taking place. This has been driven primarily by the emergence of distributed networks of computers and standards-based interoperability. The objective of this paper is to present the status and research needs for greater levels of systems based integrative research for the production, sharing and use of collaborative knowledge in catchment research networks. To enable increased levels of integrative research depends on development and application of digital technologies to improve collection, use and sharing of data and devise new knowledge infrastructures. This paper focuses on the requirements for catchment observatories that integrate existing and novel physical, social and digital networks of knowledge infrastructures. To support this focus, I present three leading international examples of collaborative networks of catchment researchers and their development of catchment observatories. In particular, the digital infrastructures they have developed to support collaborative knowledge in catchment research networks. These examples are from North America (NSF funded CUAHSI HIS) and from Europe (UK NERC funded EVOp and the German Helmholtz Association Centers funded TERENO/TEODOOR). These exemplars all supported advancing collaborative knowledge in catchment research networks through the development of catchment observatories. I will conclude by discussing the future research directions required for greater levels of production, sharing and use of collaborative knowledge in catchment research networks based on catchment systems science.

  19. Runoff and solute mobilization processes in a semiarid headwater catchment

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    Hughes, Justin D.; Khan, Shahbaz; Crosbie, Russell S.; Helliwell, Stuart; Michalk, David L.

    2007-09-01

    Runoff and solute transport processes contributing to streamflow were determined in a small headwater catchment in the eastern Murray-Darling Basin of Australia using hydrometric and tracer methods. Streamflow and electrical conductivity were monitored from two gauges draining a portion of the upper catchment area (UCA) and a saline scalded area, respectively. Runoff in the UCA was related to the formation of a seasonally perched aquifer in the near-surface zone (0-0.4 m). A similar process was responsible for runoff generation in the saline scalded area. However, saturation in the scald area was related to the proximity of groundwater rather than low subsurface hydraulic conductivity. Because of higher antecedent water content, runoff commenced earlier in winter from the scald than did the UCA. Additionally, areal runoff from the scald was far greater than from the UCA. Total runoff from the UCA was higher than the scald (15.7 versus 3.5 mL), but salt export was far lower (0.6 and 5.4 t for the UCA and scald area, respectively) since salinity of the scald runoff was far higher than that from the UCA, indicating the potential impact of saline scalded areas at the catchment scale. End-member mixing analysis modeling using six solutes indicated that most runoff produced from the scald was "new" (40-71%) despite the proximity of the groundwater surface and the high antecedent moisture levels. This is a reflection of the very low hydraulic conductivity of soils in the study area. Nearly all chloride exported to the stream from the scald emanated from the near-surface zone (77-87%). Runoff and solute mobilization processes depend upon seasonal saturation occurring in the near-surface zone during periods of low evaporative demand and generation of saturated overland flow.

  20. Data-based information gain on the response behaviour of hydrological models at catchment scale

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    Willems, Patrick

    2013-04-01

    A data-based approach is presented to analyse the response behaviour of hydrological models at the catchment scale. The approach starts with a number of sequential time series processing steps, applied to available rainfall, ETo and river flow observation series. These include separation of the high frequency (e.g., hourly, daily) river flow series into subflows, split of the series in nearly independent quick and slow flow hydrograph periods, and the extraction of nearly independent peak and low flows. Quick-, inter- and slow-subflow recession behaviour, sub-responses to rainfall and soil water storage are derived from the time series data. This data-based information on the catchment response behaviour can be applied on the basis of: - Model-structure identification and case-specific construction of lumped conceptual models for gauged catchments; or diagnostic evaluation of existing model structures; - Intercomparison of runoff responses for gauged catchments in a river basin, in order to identify similarity or significant differences between stations or between time periods, and relate these differences to spatial differences or temporal changes in catchment characteristics; - (based on the evaluation of the temporal changes in previous point:) Detection of temporal changes/trends and identification of its causes: climate trends, or land use changes; - Identification of asymptotic properties of the rainfall-runoff behaviour towards extreme peak or low flow conditions (for a given catchment) or towards extreme catchment conditions (for regionalization, ungauged basin prediction purposes); hence evaluating the performance of the model in making extrapolations beyond the range of available stations' data; - (based on the evaluation in previous point:) Evaluation of the usefulness of the model for making extrapolations to more extreme climate conditions projected by for instance climate models. Examples are provided for river basins in Belgium, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ecuador, Bolivia and China. References: Van Steenbergen, N., Willems, P. (2012), 'Method for testing the accuracy of rainfall-runoff models in predicting peak flow changes due to rainfall changes, in a climate changing context', Journal of Hydrology, 414-415, 425-434, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.11.017 Mora, D., Willems, P. (2012), 'Decadal oscillations in rainfall and air temperature in the Paute River Basin - Southern Andes of Ecuador', Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 108(1), 267-282, doi:0.1007/s00704-011-0527-4 Taye, M.T., Willems, P. (2011). 'Influence of climate variability on representative QDF predictions of the upper Blue Nile Basin', Journal of Hydrology, 411, 355-365, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.10.019 Taye, M.T., Willems, P. (2012). 'Temporal variability of hydro-climatic extremes in the Blue Nile basin', Water Resources Research, 48, W03513, 13p. Vansteenkiste, Th., Tavakoli, M., Ntegeka, V., Willems, P., De Smedt, F., Batelaan, O. (in press), 'Climate change impact on river flows and catchment hydrology: a comparison of two spatially distributed models', Hydrological Processes; doi: 10.1002/hyp.9480 [in press

  1. Influence of basin connectivity on sediment source, transport, and storage within the Mkabela Basin, South Africa

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    Miller, J. R.; Mackin, G.; Lechler, P.; Lord, M.; Lorentz, S.

    2012-09-01

    The management of sediment and other non-point source (NPS) pollution has proven difficult, and requires a sound understanding of particle movement through the drainage system. The primary objective of this investigation was to obtain an understanding of NPS sediment source(s), transport, and storage within the Mkabela basin, a representative agricultural catchment within the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands of southeastern South Africa, by combining geomorphic, hydrologic and geochemical fingerprinting analyses. The Mkabela Basin can be subdivided into three distinct subcatchments that differ in their ability to transport and store sediment along the axial valley. Headwater (upper catchment) areas are characterized by extensive wetlands that act as significant sediment sinks. Mid-catchment areas, characterized by higher relief and valley gradients, exhibit few wetlands, but rather are dominated by a combination of alluvial and bedrock channels that are conducive to sediment transport. The lower catchment exhibits a low-gradient alluvial channel that is boarded by extensive riparian wetlands that accumulate large quantities of sediment (and NPS pollutants). Fingerprinting studies suggest that silt- and clay-rich layers found within wetland and reservoir deposits are derived from the erosion of fine-grained, valley bottom soils frequently utilized as vegetable fields. Coarser-grained deposits within both wetlands and reservoirs result from the erosion of sandier hillslope soils extensively utilized for sugar cane, during relatively high magnitude runoff events that are capable of transporting sand-sized sediment off the slopes. Thus, the source of sediment to the axial valley varies as a function of sediment size and runoff magnitude. Sediment export from the basin was limited until the early 1990s, in part because the upper catchment wetlands were hydrologically disconnected from lower parts of the watershed during low- to moderate flood events. The construction of a drainage ditch through a previously unchanneled wetland altered the hydrologic connectivity of the catchment, allowing sediment to be transported from the headwaters to the lower basin where much of it was deposited within the riparian wetlands. The axial drainage system is now geomorphically and hydrologically connected during most events throughout the study basin. The study indicates that increased valley connectivity partly negated the positive benefits of controlling sediment/nutrient exports from the catchment by means of upland based, best management practices.

  2. Impact of papyrus wetland encroachment on spatial and temporal variabilities of stream flow and sediment export from wet tropical catchments.

    PubMed

    Ryken, N; Vanmaercke, M; Wanyama, J; Isabirye, M; Vanonckelen, S; Deckers, J; Poesen, J

    2015-04-01

    During the past decades, land use change in the Lake Victoria basin has significantly increased the sediment fluxes to the lake. These sediments as well as their associated nutrients and pollutants affect the food and water security of millions of people in one of Africa's most densely populated regions. Adequate catchment management strategies, based on a thorough understanding of the factors controlling runoff and sediment discharge are therefore crucial. Nonetheless, studies on the magnitude and dynamics of runoff and sediment discharge are very scarce for the Lake Victoria basin and the African Rift region. We therefore conducted runoff discharge and sediment export measurements in the Upper Rwizi, a catchment in Southwest Uganda, which is representative for the Lake Victoria basin. Land use in this catchment is characterized by grazing area on the high plateaus, banana cropping on the slopes and Cyperus papyrus L. wetlands in the valley bottoms. Due to an increasing population pressure, these papyrus wetlands are currently encroached and transformed into pasture and cropland. Seven subcatchments (358 km2-2120 km2), with different degrees of wetland encroachment, were monitored during the hydrological year June 2009-May 2010. Our results indicate that, due to their strong buffering capacity, papyrus wetlands have a first-order control on runoff and sediment discharge. Subcatchments with intact wetlands have a slower rainfall-runoff response, smaller peak runoff discharges, lower rainfall-runoff ratios and significantly smaller suspended sediment concentrations. This is also reflected in the measured annual area-specific suspended sediment yields (SYs): subcatchments with encroached papyrus swamps have SY values that are about three times larger compared to catchments with intact papyrus vegetation (respectively 106-137 ton km(-2) y(-1) versus 34-37 ton km(-2) y(-1)). We therefore argue that protecting and (where possible) rehabilitating these papyrus wetlands should be a corner stone of catchment management strategies in the Lake Victoria basin. PMID:25617700

  3. IRECCSEM: Evaluating Clare Basin potential for onshore carbon sequestration using magnetotelluric data (Preliminary results). New approaches applied for processing, modeling and interpretation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Campanya i Llovet, J.; Ogaya, X.; Jones, A. G.; Rath, V.

    2014-12-01

    The IRECCSEM project (www.ireccsem.ie) is a Science Foundation Ireland Investigator Project that is funded to evaluate Ireland's potential for onshore carbon sequestration in saline aquifers by integrating new electromagnetic data with existing geophysical and geological data. The main goals of the project are to determine porosity-permeability values of the potential reservoir formation as well as to evaluate the integrity of the seal formation. During the Summer of 2014 a magnetotelluric (MT) survey was carried out at the Clare basin (Ireland). A total of 140 sites were acquired including audiomagnetotelluric (AMT), broadband magnetotelluric (BBMT) and long period magnetotelluric (LMT) data. The nominal space between sites is 0.6 km for AMT sites, 1.2 km for BBMT sites and 8 km for LMT sites. To evaluate the potential for carbon sequestration of the Clare basin three advances on geophysical methodology related to electromagnetic techniques were applied. First of all, processing of the MT data was improved following the recently published ELICIT methodology. Secondly, during the inversion process, the electrical resistivity distribution of the subsurface was constrained combining three different tensor relationships: Impedances (Z), induction arrows (TIP) and multi-site horizontal magnetic transfer-functions (HMT). Results from synthetic models were used to evaluate the sensitivity and properties of each tensor relationship. Finally, a computer code was developed, which employs a stabilized least squares approach to estimate the cementation exponent in the generalized Archie law formulated by Glover (2010). This allows relating MT-derived electrical resistivity models to porosity distributions. The final aim of this procedure is to generalize the porosity - permeability values measured in the boreholes to regional scales. This methodology will contribute to the evaluation of possible sequestration targets in the study area.

  4. Anomaly in the rainfall-runoff behaviour of the Meuse catchment. Climate, land-use, or land-use management?

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    Fenicia, F.; Savenije, H. H. G.; Avdeeva, Y.

    2009-09-01

    The objective of this paper is to investigate the time variability of catchment characteristics in the Meuse basin through its effect on catchment response. The approach uses a conceptual model to represent rainfall-runoff behaviour of this catchment, and evaluates possible time-dependence of model parameters. The main hypothesis is that conceptual model parameters, although not measurable quantities, are representative of specific catchment attributes (e.g. geology, land-use, land management, topography). Hence, we assume that eventual trends in model parameters are representative of catchment attributes that may have changed over time. The available hydrological record involves ninety years of data, starting in 1911. During this period the Meuse catchment has undergone significant modifications. The catchment structural modifications, although documented, are not available as "hard-data". Hence, our results should be considered as "plausible hypotheses". The main motivation of this work is the "anomaly" found in the rainfall runoff behaviour of the Meuse basin, where ninety years of rainfall-runoff simulations show a consistent overestimation of the runoff in the period between 1930 and 1965. Different authors have debated possible causes for the "anomaly", including climatic variability, land-use change and data errors. None of the authors considered the way in which the land is used by for instance agricultural and forestry practises. This aspect influenced the model design, which has been configured to account for different evaporation demand of growing forest. As a result of our analysis, we conclude that the lag time of the catchment has decreased significantly over time, which we attribute to more intensive drainage and river training works. Furthermore, we hypothesise that forest rotation has had a significant impact on the evaporation of the catchment. These results contrast with previous studies, where the effect of land-use change on the hydrological behaviour of the Meuse catchment was considered negligible, mainly because there was not sufficient change in land cover to account for it. Here we hypothesise that in the Meuse it was not the change of land cover that was responsible for hydrological change, but rather the way the land was managed.

  5. Prediction uncertainty in index flood modelling at ungauged catchments

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Thomas R Kjeldsen; David A Jones

    This paper discusses the prediction variance of an index flood when estimated for an ungauged catchment. Three different methods are investigated: i) using only a newly developed regression model linking median annual flood to a set of four catchment descriptors, ii) an extension using the FEH data tr ansfer method from a nearby gauged catchment to an ungauged catchment, and

  6. The relationship between soil heterotrophic activity, soil dissolved organic carbon (DOC) leachate, and catchment-scale DOC export in headwater catchments

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    Brooks, P.D.; McKnight, D.M.; Bencala, K.E.

    1999-01-01

    Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from terrestrial sources forms the major component of the annual carbon budget in many headwater streams. In high-elevation catchments in the Rocky Mountains, DOC originates in the upper soil horizons and is flushed to the stream primarily during spring snowmelt. To identify controls on the size of the mobile soil DOC pool available to be transported during the annual melt event, we measured soil DOC production across a range of vegetation communities and soil types together with catchment DOC export in paired watersheds in Summit County, Colorado. Both surface water DOC concentrations and watershed DOC export were lower in areas where pyrite weathering resulted in lower soil pH. Similarly, the amount of DOC leached from organic soils was significantly smaller (p < 0.01) at sites having low soil p H. Scaling point source measurements of DOC production and leaching to the two basins and assuming only vegetated areas contribute to DOC production, we calculated that the amount of mobile DOC available to be leached to surface water during melt was 20.3 g C m-2 in the circumneutral basin and 17.8 g C m-2 in the catchment characterized by pyrite weathering. The significant (r2 = 0.91 and p < 0.05), linear relationship between overwinter CO2 flux and the amount of DOC leached from upper soil horizons during snowmelt suggests that the mechanism for the difference in production of mobile DOC was heterotrophic processing of soil carbon in snow-covered soil. Furthermore, this strong relationship between over-winter heterotrophic activity and the size of the mobile DOC pool present in a range of soil and vegetation types provides a likely mechanism for explaining the interannual variability of DOC export observed in high-elevation catchments.

  7. Projected Climate Change Impacts on a Mediterranean Catchment under Different Irrigation Scenarios

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    Gunten, D. V.; Wöhling, T.; Haslauer, C. P.; Cirpka, O. A.

    2014-12-01

    In semi-arid regions, irrigation is often needed for cultivation and greatly impacts the water cycle of agricultural catchments. It is important to investigate the effects of climate change in these settings under consideration of future agricultural management and irrigation needs. However, quantifying how irrigation influences climate-change effects is still a challenge. Understanding the differences in climate-change sensitivity between irrigated and non-irrigated catchments would allow refining regional-scale assessments of climate-change impacts. We investigated a catchment in north-east Spain which had not been irrigated prior to 2006 and where 54% of the land is now converted to irrigated agriculture. Data on hydraulic heads, discharge, and irrigation were used to simulate coupled surface-subsurface flow in the catchment, using the pde-based model HydroGeoSphere. The model performs well for both irrigated and non-irrigated periods. To predict future climate scenarios in the region, we use four regional climate models from the ENSEMBLE project (P.van der Linden and J.Mitchell, ENSEMBLES: Climate Change and its Impacts [...], Met Office Hadley Center, 2009) and three downscaling methods. We further investigated four irrigation scenarios, based on projected potential evapotranspiration. Preliminary results show a shift in the hydrological regime of the catchment under future climate scenarios. Under irrigation, the variability of low-flow discharge increases in future climate. On the contrary, peak flows increase and hydraulics heads decrease significantly in the non-irrigated scenarios. For example, annual maximum flow increases by about 15 % in the non-irrigated case but there is only little change in the corresponding irrigated scenarios. Sensitivity to projected precipitation changes is higher without irrigation, while potential evapotranspiration has more importance for irrigated catchments.

  8. Influence of catchment characteristics, forestry activities and deposition on nitrogen export from small forested catchments

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ahti Lepistö; Lotta Andersson; Berit Arheimer; Karin Sundblad

    1995-01-01

    The ability to predict nitrogen export from forested catchments is essential in order to evaluate the effects of anthropogenic activities on the trophic status of lakes and sea areas, and to extrapolate the results to catchments from which no measurements are available. Data from 20 forested catchments (0.3–42 km2) in Finland and Sweden during the 10-year period 1979–88 were used

  9. Modelling fate and transport of glyphosate and AMPA in the Meuse catchment to assess the contribution of different pollution sources

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    Desmet, Nele; Seuntjens, Piet

    2013-04-01

    Large river basins have multiple sources of pesticides and usually the pollution sources are spread over the entire catchment. The cumulative effect of pesticides entering the river system in upstream areas and the formation of persistent degradation products can compromise downstream water use e.g. raw water quality for drinking water abstractions. For assessments at catchment scale pesticide fluxes coming from different sources and sub basins need to be taken into account. To improve management strategies, a sound understanding of the sources, emission routes, transport, environmental fate and conversion of pesticides is needed. In the Netherlands, the Meuse river basin is an important source for drinking water production. The river suffers from elevated concentrations of glyphosate and aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA). For AMPA it is rather unclear to what extent the pollution is related to glyphosate degradation and what is the contribution of other sources, especial phosphonates in domestic and industrial waste water. Based on the available monitoring data only it is difficult to distinguish between AMPA sources in such a large river basin. This hampers interpretation and decision making for water quality management in the Meuse catchment. Here, application of water quality models is very useful to obtain complementary information and insights. Modelling allows accounting for temporal and spatial variability in discharge and concentrations as well as distinguishing the contribution from conversion processes. In this study, a model for the river Meuse was developed and applied to assess the contribution of tributary and transnational influxes, glyphosate degradation and other sources to the AMPA pollution.

  10. Water balance of Lake Tana and its sensitivity to fluctuations in rainfall, Blue Nile basin, Ethiopia

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    Kebede, S.; Travi, Y.; Alemayehu, T.; Marc, V.

    2006-01-01

    The annual water budget of Lake Tana is determined from estimates of runoff, rainfall on the lake, measured outflow and empirically determined evaporation. Simulation of lake level variation (1960-1992) has been conducted through modeling at a monthly time step. Despite the ±20% rainfall variations in the Blue Nile basin in the last 50 years, the lake level remained regular. A preliminary analysis of the sensitivity of level and outflow of the lake suggests that they are controlled more by variation in rainfall than by basin-scale forcing induced by human activities. The analysis shows that a drastic (40-45%) and sustained (7-8 years) rainfall reduction is required to change the lake from out flowing to terminal (cessation of outflow). However, the outflow from the lake shows significant variation responding to the rainfall variations. Unlike the terminal lakes in the Ethiopian rift valley or the other large lakes of Tropical Africa, at its present hydrologic condition, the Lake Tana level is less sensitive to rainfall variation and changes in catchment characteristics.

  11. Sensitivity of hydro-geomorphic processes to catchment-scale variations in rainfall distribution

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    Valters, Declan; Brocklehurst, Simon; Schultz, David

    2015-04-01

    The dynamics of severe storms have a pronounced effect on the temporal and spatial distribution of water input to river catchments in upland environments, particularly those with complex orography and steep topographic gradients. Existing landscape evolution models typically forsake realistic patterns of rainfall during storm events, in favour of uniform rainfall input. It is demonstrated that this simplification fails to resolve localised areas of flooding and erosion within a drainage basin, despite the known significance of erosion thresholds and orographic enhancement of rainfall. This shortfall can be remedied by the incorporation of high-resolution precipitation data from rainfall radar into model simulations, accounting for sub-catchment-scale variation in precipitation patterns. Using a series of simulations with both synthetic and real topographies, it is shown that there is a wide variation in hydro-geomorphic response observed in comparison to simulations with spatially-averaged rainfall: localised water depths and erosion rates vary by up to an order of magnitude within the catchments studied. The real-data examples, chosen from severe UK rainfall events over the last 10 years, are analysed by combining the CAESAR-Lisflood landscape evolution model at 5m resolution with data from the UK Met Office NIMROD rainfall radar at 1km resolution. The model-coupling framework presented is also suited to using output from weather forecasting models. The applications are wide-ranging, from improving the accuracy of hydrological predictions during single storm events, to understanding longer-term evolution of catchment-scale geomorphology.

  12. Assessing agriculture–water links at the basin scale: hydrologic and economic models of the São Francisco River Basin, Brazil

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Marco Maneta; Marcelo Torres; Stephen A. Vosti; Wesley W. Wallender; Summer Allen; Luís H. Bassoi; Lisa Bennett; Richard Howitt; Lineu Rodrigues; Julie Young

    2009-01-01

    This article uses a basin-wide hydrologic model to assess the hydrologic and economic effects of expanding agriculture in the São Francisco River Basin, Brazil. It then uses a basin-wide economic model of agriculture to examine the effects of implementing water use regulations. Preliminary results suggest that substantially expanding agriculture would put pressure on some of the river's environmental flows. Agricultural

  13. Scaling the flood regime with the soil hydraulic properties of the catchment

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    Peña Rojas, Luis Eduardo; Francés García, Félix; Barrios Peña, Miguel

    2015-04-01

    The spatial land cover distribution and soil type affect the hydraulic properties of soils, facilitating or retarding the infiltration rate and the response of a catchment during flooding events. This research analyzes: 1) the effect of land cover use in different time periods as a source of annual maximum flood records nonstationarity; 2) the scalability of the relationship between soil hydraulic properties of the catchment (initial abstractions, upper soil capillary storage and vertical and horizontal hydraulic conductivity) and the flood regime. The study was conducted in Combeima River basin in Colombia - South America and it was modelled the changes in the land uses registered in 1991, 2000, 2002 and 2007, using distributed hydrological modelling and nonparametric tests. The results showed that changes in land use affect hydraulic properties of soil and it has influence on the magnitude of flood peaks. What is a new finding is that this behavior is scalable with the soil hydraulic properties of the catchment flood moments have a simple scaling behavior and the peaks flow increases with higher values of capillary soil storage, whereas higher values, the peaks decreased. Finally it was applied Generalized Extreme Values and it was found scalable behavior in the parameters of the probability distribution function. The results allowed us to find a relationship between soil hydraulic properties and the behavior of flood regime in the basin studied.

  14. Study Design 10 nested urban stormwater catchments

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    Hall, Sharon J.

    Study Design 10 nested urban stormwater catchments · Vary stormwater infrastructure and scale · Control land use: med density residential Effects of Urban Stormwater Infrastructure on Dissolved Nitrogen variation in stormwater infrastructure affect fluxes of water and dissolved nitrogen from urban watersheds

  15. GRACE in the Murray Darling Basin: Integrating Remote Sensing with Field Monitoring to Improve Hydrological Model Prediction

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    Ellett, K. M.; Walker, J. P.; Grayson, R. B.; Smith, A.; Rodell, M.

    2004-05-01

    Hydrological processes occurring throughout the earth's surface lead to temporal changes in the distribution of mass, which subsequently cause subtle changes in the earth's gravity field. The GRACE mission (Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment) of NASA and the German Aerospace Centre will provide global data sets of changes in earth's gravity field at unprecedented accuracy over the next several years. This mission has the potential to provide the first-ever global measurements of changes in terrestrial water storage for large regions at monthly to annual time scales. In this paper we present a methodology designed to address two fundamental questions regarding the applicability of GRACE: (1) is the soil moisture component of terrestrial water storage change detectable in the vertically integrated gravity signal, and (2) can such large-scale measurements of gravity changes be used to improve our understanding and simulation of catchment-scale hydrological processes? The methodology involves three key components: (1) ground-based monitoring of gravity and terrestrial water storage changes at 40 sites throughout the Murrumbidgee catchment in Australia; (2) development of a modelling framework which includes the downscaling and disaggregation of GRACE data; and (3) using AMSR (Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer) remotely-sensed surface soil moisture observations to further constrain the downscaling and disaggregation. The GRACE data will be processed through assimilation into a hydrological model of the entire Murray-Darling Basin, and the results verified against the monitoring network. Preliminary results from 18 monitoring sites installed in 2001 suggest that changes in root-zone soil moisture represent the dominant fraction of terrestrial water storage changes occurring in the Murrumbidgee and the magnitude of such changes (monthly changes as high as 130 mm at the point-scale and 38 mm at the mean catchment-scale) should produce a statistically significant signal in both GRACE and ground-based observations of gravity.

  16. Controls on diurnal streamflow cycles in a high altitude catchment in the Swiss Alps

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    Mutzner, R.; Weijs, S. V.; Tarolli, P.; Calaf, M.; Oldroyd, H. J.; Parlange, M. B.

    2014-12-01

    The study of streamflow diurnal cycles is of primary importance to understand hydrological processes happening at various spatial scales. In high altitude alpine catchments, streamflow diurnal cycles are typically dominated by snow or icemelt. During a field campaign in the summer 2012 in a small catchment in the Swiss Alps (Val Ferret catchment, draining area of 20.4 km2, mean altitude of 2423 m above sea level (asl), ranging from 1773 m to 3206 m asl, glaciarized area: 2%), we observed streamflow diurnal cycles throughout the season in two monitored sub-basins of the watershed. To study in detail the diurnal cycles, we make use of a wireless network of meteorological stations, time-lapse photography, a fully equipped energy-balance station and water electrical conductivity monitored at the gauging stations. In the first sub-basin, we observed a transition from a snowmelt to an evapotranspiration induced diurnal streamflow cycle. In the second sub-basin, we observed a snowmelt/icemelt dominated diurnal cycle during the entire season due to the presence of a small glacier. Comparisons between icemelt and evapotranspiration cycles showed that the two processes were happening at the same times of day but with a different sign. The amplitude of the icemelt cycle decreased exponentially during the season and was larger than of the amplitude of the evapotranspiration cycle which was relatively constant during the season. A conceptual model was applied to estimate the effect of evapotranspiration on the diurnal streamflow cycle in the icemelt dominated sub-basin. The model makes use of the latent heat measured at the energy balance station, the streamflow loss due to evapotranspiration and the computation of active evapotranspiration areas. Our study suggests that evapotranspiration from the riparian area damps the icemelt-diurnal streamflow cycle resulting in a possible underestimation of glacier mass changes.

  17. Simulation of the reduction of runoff and sediment load resulting from the Gain for Green Program in the Jialingjiang catchment, upper region of the Yangtze River, China.

    PubMed

    Hayashi, Seiji; Murakami, Shogo; Xu, Kai-Qin; Watanabe, Masataka

    2015-02-01

    A distributed catchment hydrologic model (Hydrological Simulation Program--FORTRAN; HSPF) with improved sediment production processes was used to evaluate the effect of restoration of cultivated land to forest on the reduction of runoff and sediment load in the Jialingjiang basin, which forms part of the Yangtze River basin, China. The simulation results showed that restoration to forest reduced sediment production even in the case of minimum restoration at a threshold catchment slope of 25°, as advocated in the "Gain for Green Program " planned by the Chinese government, even though reduction of the peak flow rate in the river channel was small. The increase in forest area resulting from lowering of the threshold catchment slope reduced sediment production further. PMID:25463578

  18. Geohydrology, water quality, and preliminary simulations of ground-water flow of the alluvial aquifer in the Upper Black Squirrel Creek basin, El Paso County, Colorado

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Buckles, D.R.; Watts, K.R.

    1988-01-01

    The upper Black Squirrel Creek basin in eastern El Paso County, Colorado, is underlain by an alluvial aquifer and four bedrock aquifers. Groundwater pumpage from the alluvial aquifer has increased since the mid-1950's, and water level declines have been substantial; the bedrock aquifers virtually are undeveloped. Groundwater pumpage for domestic, stock, agricultural, and municipal uses have exceeded recharge for the past 25 years. The present extent of the effect of pumpage on the alluvial aquifer was evaluated, and a groundwater flow model was used to simulate the future effect of continued pumpage on the aquifer. Measured water level declines from 1974 through 1984 were as much as 30 ft in an area north of Ellicott, Colorado. On the basis of the simulations, water level declines from October 1984 to April 1999 north of Ellicott might be as much as 20 to 30 ft and as much as 1 to 10 ft in most of the aquifer. The groundwater flow models provided a means of evaluating the importance of groundwater evapotranspiration at various stages of aquifer development. Simulated groundwater evapotranspiration was about 43% of the outflow from the aquifer during predevelopment stages but was less than 3% of the outflow from the aquifer during late-development stages. Analyses of 36 groundwater samples collected during 1984 indicated that concentrations of dissolved nitrite plus nitrate as nitrogen generally were large. Samples from 5 of the 36 wells had concentrations of dissolved nitrite plus nitrate as nitrogen that exceeded drinking water standards. Water from the alluvial aquifer generally is of suitable quality for most uses. (USGS)

  19. Selenium and mining in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming: Phase III - a preliminary survey of selenium concentrations in deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) livers

    SciTech Connect

    Raisbeck, M.L.; Vance, G.F. [Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States); Steward, D.G. [AMAX Coal West, Inc., Gillette, WY (United States)] [and others

    1995-09-01

    Samples of liver tissue from deer mice trapped on not-yet-mined areas and reclaimed areas at five surface coal mines in the Powder River Basin of northeastern Wyoming were analyzed for selenium. The overall mean concentration of selenium in wet weight liver tissue was 1.685 ppm. The mean value from not-yet-mined areas was 1.437 ppm; the mean value from reclaimed areas was 1.910 ppm (significant at p<0.1016). When one not-yet-mined outlier was removed, significance rose to p<0.0004. Mine-to-mine comparison of samples stratified by type (that is, by not-yet-mined or reclaimed), showed average tissue concentrations from the reclaimed area of Mine 1 were also higher (p<0.0143) then not-yet-mined area samples at Mine 1. No statistically significant differences were found between mines for samples from not-yet-mined areas, and no statistically significant differences were found between Mines 2, 3, 4, and 5 for samples from reclaimed areas. Multiple analysis of variance using the factors: site (mine) and type (not-yet-mined or reclaimed) was not significantly significant (p<0.2115). Simple linear regression showed that selenium concentrations in dry tissue could easily be predicted from wet tissue selenium (r2=0.9775), demonstrating that percent water in the samples was relatively constant. Animal body weight in general was not a predictor for either wet or dry tissue selenium concentrations, but was related to body weight at the higher tissue concentrations of selenium encountered in samples from the reclaimed area at Mine 1. Mouse body weights at Mine 1 were higher on the reclaimed area than mouse body weights from the not-yet-mined area.

  20. Hydrological extreme events with Mike Basin

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    Pereira, M. G.; Carvalho, S.; Fernandes, L.; Caramelo, L.; Alencoão, A.

    2012-04-01

    This work is part of a broader project which aims to develop an integrated system to model and simulate of the hydrological cycle processes at river basin scale. All these processes involved in the dynamics of a watershed, which play an important role in the proper management and sustainable use of water resources, are influenced by many factors (e.g. soil use, vegetation cover, weather and climate) being of particular importance, all aspects related to the occurrence, amount and the spatial-temporal distribution of precipitation. We focus our work on the use of the MIKE Basin model and apply it to the Corgo River basin, which is a tributary of the Douro river, located in the Portuguese region of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro. Different datasets were used to characterize and model the river basin catchment hydrological processes, namely temperature, precipitation and runoff registered in several weather/hydrometric stations from the Institute of Information System for Water Resources (http://snirh.pt/) as well as land use/soil occupation and topography maps. The MIKE BASIN model runs on a Geographic Information System (GIS) to perform hydrologic modeling at basin-scale. This software allows a set of multisectoral water demands (domestic and industrial water supply, irrigation, hydropower generation, among others) and provides simulation and visualization in both space and time. We start by using the topography, soil type, soil use and vegetation cover of the region. Then the model is calibrated and tested, comparing model runoff estimates with observed data. Finally, the model is used to simulate the river basin catchment behavior to the typical conditions of the hydrological extreme events namely, heavy precipitation and drought. We present the geologic, hydrologic and climatologic characterization of the Corgo river catchment, list the most important factors that control the water availability in the river basin, describe the MIKE BASIN model calibration process, and discuss the role of each factor through sensibility tests and the estimated impacts of extreme events on the river basin management.

  1. Improved baseflow characterization in mountainous catchments

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stoelzle, Michael; Stahl, Kerstin; Schuetz, Tobias; Weiler, Markus; Seibert, Jan; Tallaksen, Lena M.

    2015-04-01

    Knowledge of the baseflow regime is crucial for managing river ecosystems during low flow periods. Then aquatic conditions, water supply or streamflow forecast highly depend on the sustainability, magnitude, timing or rate of change of the groundwater contribution to streamflow, especially in areas of water shortage or with high water demand. This study aims to improve the understanding of the interplay between quick- and baseflow components by revising a widely used baseflow separation method (WMO or IH-UK method). Baseflow Index (BFI) and quickflow-baseflow-regimes were analyzed for 50 meso-scale catchments in southwestern Germany and Switzerland along a pronounced altitudinal gradient from 200 to 3200 m asl. Since the graphical separation of the baseflow signal depends on the chosen method, we evaluated the separation procedure by analyzing the relation between the seasonal variability of the stable water isotope signal in streamflow and the contribution of the quickflow component. We found that the snowmelt signal in high-elevation catchments is mostly accounted as baseflow suggesting that the used method is only valid for catchment with pluvial regimes. The large variability of BFI values found between the low-elevation, rainfall-driven catchments indicates that here catchment controls such as hydrogeological characteristics determine the baseflow contribution to streamflow. Relationships between several physiographic characteristics and the BFI values differed systematically for rainfall- and snowmelt-driven catchments suggesting that besides quick- and baseflow another delayed storage contributes to streamflow in mountainous catchments. By adjusting the separation procedure (variation of filter parameters) we were able to separate more delayed contributions of snowmelt from the faster groundwater signal. Thus, variable filter parameters are helpful to identify delayed streamflow contributions from different sources (e.g. snow and groundwater). The study's results have implications for water management in mountainous catchments where regime shifts and wide-ranging water redistributions are expected in the future.

  2. Forested Water Catchments in a Changing Environment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Patrick Schleppi

    \\u000a In the past, headwater catchments have often been studied to elucidate the effect of forests on the water cycle. This has\\u000a been of interest since centuries and we recall here this historical context. We review the quantitative effects found in numerous\\u000a studies around the world, especially those from paired-catchment experiments. As a rule, they indicate a lower water yield\\u000a of

  3. Catchment Dispersion Mechanisms in an Urban Context

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gironas, J. A.; Mejia, A.; Rossel, F.; Rinaldo, A.; Rodriguez, F.

    2014-12-01

    Dispersion mechanisms have been examined in-depth in natural catchments in previous studies. However, these dispersion mechanisms have been studied little in urban catchments, where artificial transport elements and morphological arrangements are expected to modify travel times and mobilize excess rainfall from spatially distributed impervious sites. Thus, these features can modify the variance of the catchment's travel times and hence the total dispersion. This work quantifies the dispersion mechanisms in an urban catchment using the theory of transport by travel times as represented by the Urban Morpho-climatic Instantaneous Unit Hydrograph (U-McIUH) model. This model computes travel times based on kinematic wave theory and accounts explicitly for the path heterogeneities and altered connectivity patterns characteristic of an urban drainage network. The analysis is illustrated using the Aubinière urban catchment (France) as a case study. We found that kinematic dispersion is dominant for small rainfall intensities, whereas geomorphologic dispersion becomes more dominant for larger intensities. The total dispersion scales with the drainage area in a power law fashion. The kinematic dispersion is dominant across spatial scales up to a threshold of approximately 2-3 km2, after which the geomorphologic dispersion becomes more dominant. Overall, overland flow is responsible for most of the dispersion, while conduits tend to counteract the increase of the geomorphologic dispersion with a negative kinematic dispersion. Further studies with other catchments are needed to assess whether the latter is a general feature of urban drainage networks.

  4. Topic: Catchment system dynamics: Processes and feedbacks

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Keesstra, Saskia

    2015-04-01

    In this meeting we can talk about my main expertise: the focus of my research ocus revolves around understanding catchment system dynamics in a holistic way by incorporating both processes on hillslopes as well as in the river channel. Process knowledge enables explanation of the impact of natural and human drivers on the catchment systems and which consequences these drivers have for water and sediment connectivity. Improved understanding of the catchment sediment and water dynamics will empower sustainable land and river management and mitigate soil threats like erosion and off-side water and sediment accumulation with the help of nature's forces. To be able to understand the system dynamics of a catchment, you need to study the catchment system in a holistic way. In many studies only the hillslopes or even plots are studied; or only the channel. However, these systems are connected and should be evaluated together. When studying a catchment system any intervention to the system will create both on- as well as off sites effects, which should especially be taken into account when transferring science into policy regulations or management decisions.

  5. Assessing SWAT model performance in the evaluation of management actions for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in a Finnish catchment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ilona Bärlund; T. Kirkkala; O. Malve; J. Kämäri

    2007-01-01

    The ecological status of Lake Pyhäjärvi may be classified as moderate due to its elevated nutrient concentrations and algal biomass production. Therefore, the Eurajoki river basin, including Lake Pyhäjärvi, has been chosen as the Finnish test catchment in an EU project on benchmarking models for the Water Framework Directive. One aim of the project is to test the suitability of

  6. THE APPLICATION OF SAPWAT MODEL IN IRRIGATION WATER MANAGEMENT PLANNING FOR THE SAND-VET IRRIGATION SCHEME: CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS AN INTEGRATED CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Y. E. Woyessa; E. Pretorius; P. van Heerden

    2004-01-01

    Determinations of river basin (catchment) water balances are currently difficult due to lack of information on crop water requirements, irrigation practices and management, particularly with respect to the efficient use of irrigation water. Effective application of irrigation water management on an irrigation scheme requires knowledge of how much and when the crops require water. Furthermore, the irrigation manager needs to

  7. Pervious and impervious runoff in urban catchments

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. J. BOYD

    Rainfall and runoff depths were examined for 763 storms on 26 urban basins located in 12 countries. For 17 of the basins, impervious surfaces were the major contributors to storm runoff. These basins were generally smaller than 25 ha and had small to medium storms in the data set. Nine basins had significant amounts of runoff from pervious as well

  8. Deformed river basins of the Himalaya

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    Walcott, R.; Sinclair, H.

    2009-04-01

    Identification of the controls on basin morphology in mountain belts is needed to understand how landscapes evolve under changing conditions. Although river basins vary enormously in area, many of their morphological relationships, such as Hack's law, are scale invariant irrespective of mountain type. This suggests that, in most mountain belts, the fundamental process(es) that control basin morphology are also scale invariant and therefore largely insensitive to variations in tectonic activity. However, river basins in the Himalaya are anomalously wide when compared with basins developed on the flanks of other semi-linear ranges. We present a detailed study of Himalayan river basin morphology to determine how the evolution of this orogen may have influenced the shape of these unusual basins. We investigate, in particular, the statistical geometric properties of basins, such as the length, width and area of basins, with respect to the scale and the location of the basin within the mountain belt. Our results show that the anomalously wide basins found over much of the Himalaya have a limited scale range and distribution. These data therefore provide an indication of the significant control that the evolution of this mountain range has had on basin morphology at the local scale. The fact that these catchments have departed from what is perceived as a stable scaling relationship implies that, while their rivers can incise at a rate broadly comparable to the rate of rock uplift, their drainage divides can not migrate fast enough to reconfigure in response to tectonic shortening. As a result, long-term crustal shortening has significantly deformed the river network within the central and western Himalaya.

  9. A detailed model for simulation of catchment scale subsurface hydrologic processes

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    Paniconi, Claudio; Wood, Eric F.

    1993-01-01

    A catchment scale numerical model is developed based on the three-dimensional transient Richards equation describing fluid flow in variably saturated porous media. The model is designed to take advantage of digital elevation data bases and of information extracted from these data bases by topographic analysis. The practical application of the model is demonstrated in simulations of a small subcatchment of the Konza Prairie reserve near Manhattan, Kansas. In a preliminary investigation of computational issues related to model resolution, we obtain satisfactory numerical results using large aspect ratios, suggesting that horizontal grid dimensions may not be unreasonably constrained by the typically much smaller vertical length scale of a catchment and by vertical discretization requirements. Additional tests are needed to examine the effects of numerical constraints and parameter heterogeneity in determining acceptable grid aspect ratios. In other simulations we attempt to match the observed streamflow response of the catchment, and we point out the small contribution of the streamflow component to the overall water balance of the catchment.

  10. Hydrograph transposition to ungauged basin accounting for spatio-temporal rainfall variability

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    de Lavenne, Alban; Cudennec, Christophe

    2013-04-01

    Lack of measurements is one of the main issues in hydrological modelling. However, neighbours and nested gauged catchment are precious sources of information to understand the catchment behaviours within one region. Extracting the maximum of information from those points of measurements, that could be then transposed to ungauged catchment, is still a great challenge. We propose a methodology to transpose hydrological information from gauged catchments to ungauged ones, in order to simulate streamflow hydrographs. It uses geomorphology-based hydrological modelling, which is particularly well adapted to ungauged basins thanks to its robustness, generality and flexibility. We develop a geomorphology-based model on the gauged catchment which has been built in order to capture the main behaviour of the basin. Its transfer function considers the different dynamics of the catchment through the combination of velocities and width functions. Moreover, the explicit structure of the model enables to easily create a map of isochrone areas describing the time to the outlet. Therefore, spatially distributed rainfall can then be split into those isochrone areas, permitting the transfer function to deal with spatio-temporal variability of rainfall. Once the model calibrated, using a particle swarm optimisation algorithm, its transfer function is inversed to assess the net rainfall time series. In this way, we obtained a standardized variable which is used to estimate discharge in ungauged basin. Therefore, net rainfall time series is transposed and convoluted on the ungauged catchment using its own transfer function. Spatio-temporal rainfall variability between basins is considered through a correction of this net rainfall time series. This correction is based on differences between mean gross rainfall observation among those two catchments. This methodology is applied on pairs of basins among 6 gauged basins (from 5km² to 316km²) located in Brittany, France. For the benefit of the exercise, within each pair of basins, one is considered as "gauged" and the other one as "ungauged". Different spatial configurations of pairs of basins are compared. Results demonstrates the benefit of a well defined transfer function, as well as the importance of considering rainfall variability. Finally, through the assessment of transposition efficiency, this framework is presented as an original way to describe and understand hydrological similarities in catchment behavior.

  11. Hydrologic sensitivities of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River basin, California, to global warming

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    D. P. Lettenmaier; Thian Yew Gan

    1990-01-01

    The hydrologic sensitivities of four medium-sized mountainous catchments in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins to long-term global warming were analyzed. The hydrologic response of these catchments, all of which are dominated by spring snowmelt runoff, were simulated by the coupling of the snowmelt and the soil moisture accounting models of the U.S. National Weather Service River Forecast System.

  12. Hydrothermal deposits in the Southern Trough of Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California: Observations and Preliminary Results from the 2003 MBARI Dive Program

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    Stakes, D. S.; Tivey, M. K.; Koski, R. A.; Ortego-Osorio, A.; Preston, C. M.; McCulloch, M. T.; Nakamura, K.; Seewald, J.; Wheat, C. G.

    2003-12-01

    During Leg 2 of the 2003 MBARI expedition to the Gulf of California, the ROV Tiburon completed eight dives to active vent fields in the Southern Trough of Guaymas Basin. Six venting areas were investigated in detail. Tiburon operations included (1) sampling mineral deposits that range from mini-chimneys a few centimeters high to 10-meter-tall sulfide-carbonate structures with wide flanges; (2) collection of 90C to 303C methane, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen-rich vent fluids in gas-tight samplers and plume-laden particulates in Niskin samplers; 3) collection of warm (up to 83C) hydrocarbon-rich sediment push cores; 4) long-term monitoring of three vent sites using thermocouple arrays (see adjacent Tivey et al poster) and osmotically-driven fluid samplers. Seventy days later, the ROV returned to recover the thermocouple arrays and ingrown chimneys. At the lowest temperature sites, fluid (up to 90C) discharged from orifices in sediment surrounded by white to yellow microbial mats. Combined Eh-ISUS (InSitu Ultraviolet Spectrophotometer) sensors mounted on Tiburon identified local increases in bisulfide and decreases in the oxidation/reduction potential (a proxy for methane and hydrogen sulfide) associated with these sites. Massive barite chimneys recovered from the margins of moderate-temperature vent sites are permeated with oil. Chimneys from higher temperature sites, in contrast, lack the liquid hydrocarbon component, and are largely composed of calcium carbonate with lesser anhydrite, amorphous silica, barite, pyrrhotite, Mg-silicate, galena, sphalerite, and chalcopyrite. Mineral precipitation at the southernmost site (Toadstool) is characterized by the formation of carbonate-rich flanges directly above a substrate of altered diatomaceous sediment. The upper sediment crust lies above a stockwork of calcite veins. High-temperature structures at Rebecca's Roost and Broken Mushroom have pagoda-like carbonate-rich flanges trapping pools of hydrothermal fluids that facilitate the growth of centimeter-thick layers of euhedral carbonate and pyrrhotite. Rapidly formed, anhydrite-rich chimneys are present at the summit of the pagoda structures. In-situ laser ablation Sr isotopic analyses of calcite and anhydrite indicate that minerals within flanges precipitate from vent fluids with less than 5% seawater dilution, whereas minerals within the more permeable anhydrite-dominant chimneys precipitate from mixtures of vent fluid with up to 70% seawater.

  13. High Park burn in South Fork Cache la Poudre Basin: Preliminary findings from spring and summer 2013 hydrologic and sedimentation monitoring

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    Ryan, S. E.; Dixon, M.; Rathburn, S. L.; Shahverdian, S.

    2013-12-01

    The High Park fire burned over 35,000 ha within the Cache la Poudre basin in early summer 2012, including an eastern portion of the Little South Fork Cache la Poudre (SFCLP) watershed. Given the proximity of the burn and the implications for water quality supplied to Fort Collins and Greeley, CO, there is an expressed interest on the part of the cities for improved understanding of sediment loads in SFCLP and main stem Cache la Poudre River over the next few years. Prior to burning, data on sediment transport (suspended sediment and bedload) were collected by researchers from the US Forest Service, providing baseline information on sedimentation comparable to similar measurements taken after the High Park fire. In 2013, bedload was measured during snowmelt runoff using standard pressure-difference samplers identical to those used previously in 1989 and 1997. Turbidity sensors were deployed as a surrogate measure of suspended sediment concentration. This signal was calibrated using both grab samples (from a DH-48) and samples obtained from an automated water sampler triggered to collect during substantial increases in turbidity. Additional sampling stations were later established downstream of this site in conjunction with assessments of channel extension and sedimentation from severely burned hillslopes and gulches, one of which was mulched for erosion control in spring 2013. The primary source of post-fire sediment to the most upstream site is from Monument Gulch, located about 1 km upstream of the sampling location. Debris flows emanated from this gulch within a few weeks post-fire and delivered charcoal, ash, burned trees and inorganic sediment to the main stem SFCLP. Although snowmelt runoff was less than bankfull in 2013, there was a substantial amount of burned organic matter transported and collected in the bedload and suspended sediment samplers. Low intensity storms during summer caused a few sediment rich flows, though not to the extent of those in 2012. In this presentation, we present initial findings on differences in sediment loads attributed to the fire.

  14. Transit time estimation using tritium and stable isotopes in a Mediterranean mountain catchment

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    Roig-Planasdemunt, Maria; Stewart, Mike; Latron, Jérôme; Llorens, Pilar; Morgenstern, Uwe

    2015-04-01

    Water resources of Mediterranean regions mainly depend on runoff generated in mountain areas. Therefore, study of the time water spends travelling through Mediterranean mountains is important for water resources management as it reflects the ability of catchments to retain and release water. Natural isotopes (tritium and stable isotopes) have been used in different environments to quantify the ages of water within catchments. However, there are relatively few studies of water transit times in Mediterranean mountain regions. Additionally, tritium dating is more common in Southern Hemisphere streams because they were less affected by tritium produced mainly in the North Hemisphere by nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 60s. With the aim of improving knowledge of the hydrological catchment functioning of Mediterranean mountain areas, this work estimates water transit times in spring water, groundwater and stream water using tritium and stable isotope (?18O and ?2H) measurements in the Vallcebre Research Catchments (NE Spain, 42° 12'N, 1° 49'E). Tritium measurements from a previous study carried out in 1996-1998 (Herrmann et al., 1999) were supplemented by new samples collected on 3 November 2013. Difficulties with the age interpretation of the tritium measurements arise from the determination of the tritium input function, the different accuracies of the tritium measurements and the ambiguous ages resulting from past input of tritium from nuclear testing to the atmosphere. Water stable isotope samples were collected in rainfall, spring water, groundwater and streamwater at baseflow conditions every 15 days over a 27 month period. Detailed distributed hydrometric measurements (precipitation, potential evapotranspiration, discharge and water table level) were obtained during the same period. Preliminary results using ?18O, ?2H and tritium show that mean transit times in the Cal Rodó catchment (4.2 km2) ranged between 1.3 and 11.6 years. The lowest mean transit time was observed in groundwater followed by stream water, while there were longer water retention times in springs. Analysing the spatial distribution of mean transit times using tritium, we observed a mix of different water ages at the catchment outflow. Two sub-catchments had mean water transit times shorter than the adjacent catchment area; this is attributed to differences in slopes and geologies of the areas.

  15. Late Holocene High Discharge and Erosion Events Inferred from Sediment Proxies and Catchment Geomorphology, Lake Vuoksjávrátje, NW Sweden

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    Berntsson, A.; Jansson, K. N.; Kylander, M. E.; De Vleeschouwer, F.; Bertrand, S.

    2014-12-01

    Alpine lakes in NW Sweden are highly sensitive to variations in catchment erosion and in precipitation. Previous studies aimed at reconstructing past summer temperatures have suggested that this sensitivity may influence chironomid species composition enough to cause bias in quantitative temperature reconstructions. In this study we have analysed lake sediments covering the last 5100 years from Lake Vuoksjávrátje in NW Sweden and catchment geomorphology with the aim to separate between different erosional regimes in the lake and its catchment and to identify sediment sources and processes behind sediment deposition in the lake basin. Methods include XRF core scanning, grain size analysis, chironomid analysis, TOC and C/N analysis and detailed mapping of geomorphology. From the integrated results we identify time intervals with increased catchment erosion, inferred to result from intense precipitation. Based on the combined proxy data it was concluded that a major flood event took place at the Vindelfjällen site c. 2800 cal BP, unique for the 5100-year long record. The chironomid species composition shows stronger influence from wetland surface erosion at c. 2800 cal BP and during the last c. 1000 years. By combining multi-proxy lake sediment analysis with study of catchment geomorphology it is possible to improve the understanding of Late Holocene hydro-climatic change and how it may influence Arctic alpine lakes.

  16. Hydrologic flowpaths and biogeochemical cycles in the subalpine Como Creek catchment, Colorado Front Range, USA

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    Cowie, R. M.; Williams, M. W.; Zeliff, M. M.; Parman, J.

    2011-12-01

    An outstanding question for snowmelt-dominated watersheds of the western US are the responses of biogeochemical processes to two major drivers of environmental change: directional changes in climate and increasing dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) deposition in wetfall. In the Colorado Front Range, atmospheric deposition of DIN has increased several-fold in the last 25 years. In response, nitrate concentrations at the alpine Green Lakes 4 (GL4) catchment have increased from 1985 to 2009 by 0.27 ?eq L-1 yr-1. In contrast, we see no directional change in either nitrate concentrations or fluxes in the subalpine Como Creek catchment. We hypothesize that differences in surface/groundwater interactions result in the differing behavior of stream nitrate between the alpine and subalpine catchments that are receiving similar amounts of DIN from atmospheric deposition. For both basins we sampled precipitation, snowpack, snowmelt, surface water, and subsurface waters. All water samples are analyzed for geochemical, nutrient and isotopic (?18O, ?D) composition. Stream chemistry data from the last ten years at Como Creek show increases in nitrate concentration during baseflow conditions and then a sharp decline during snowmelt. In contrast, in the alpine basin there is sharp increase in surface water nitrate during snowmelt. Hydrograph separation at the alpine GL4 using end member mixing analysis (EMMA) shows that stream flow is a mixture of three components, groundwater, talus, and new snowmelt that each contribute to roughly a third of discharge, with talus flow supplying the majority of nitrate. In contrast, and somewhat surprisingly, EMMA shows that for the subalpine Como Creek basin, annual streamflow is a mixture of only two components, groundwater and new snowmelt. During snowmelt the groundwater and snow contributions are nearly equal and subsurface flows dominate the remainder of the year. Newly installed piezometers at Como Creek provide evidence that the basin is largely a losing reach during snowmelt, with water levels in the piezometers increasing 5-7 m. After peak snowmelt however, Como Creek becomes a gaining stream, with piezometer levels dropping. Thus, both EMMA and piezometers show that surface-groundwater interactions are tightly coupled during snowmelt, with snowmelt at Como first replenishing the subsurface water deficit and increasing groundwater levels before contributing to discharge. Thus, in contrast to the alpine GL4 basin, DIN released in snowmelt is assimilated belowground as snowmelt infiltrates the subsurface in the subalpine basin. Interestingly, at the subalpine Como Creek basin, isotopic and geochemical solute concentrations undergo shifts during periods of winter baseflow prior to snowmelt. In winter much of the stream is frozen and we hypothesize that cryo-concentration of solutes and fractionation of isotopes may influence the concentrations of winter stream samples.

  17. Detecting runoff variation in Weihe River basin, China

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    Jingjing, F.; Qiang, H.; Shen, C.; Aijun, G.

    2015-05-01

    Dramatic changes in hydrological factors in the Weihe River basin are analysed. These changes have exacerbated ecological problems and caused severe water shortages for agriculture, industries and the human population in the region, but their drivers are uncertain. The Mann-Kendall test, accumulated departure analysis, sequential clustering and the sliding t-test methods were used to identify the causes of changes in precipitation and runoff in the Weihe basin. Change-points were identified in the precipitation and runoff records for all sub-catchments. For runoff, the change in trend was most pronounced during the 1990s, whereas changes in precipitation were more prominent earlier. The results indicate that human activities have had a greater impact than climate change on the hydrology of the Weihe basin. These findings have significant implications for the establishment of effective strategies to counter adverse effects of hydrological changes in the catchment.

  18. Can knowledge of dominant runoff processes improve prediction of extreme floods? Evaluation of a mapping and modeling framework in three alpine catchments with strongly contrasting flood behavior

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    Smoorenburg, Maarten; Naef, Felix; Kirchner, James W.

    2015-04-01

    Predicting extreme floods in alpine catchments is challenging because flood behavior varies greatly and shows little correlation with basin-scale landscape characteristics. Here, we relate differences in catchment flood behavior to hillslope-scale storage and drainage mechanisms, using newly developed tools for geomorphology-based mapping and modeling of dominant runoff processes in alpine terrain. We report how dominant runoff process maps explain flood behavior in three contrasting alpine catchments and evaluate how the model's capability to predict extreme floods in the three catchments compares to predictions with simple, lumped, benchmark models calibrated in each catchment. The largest floods in all three meso-scale catchments are caused by long-duration storms of moderate intensity, but their flood runoff behavior differs strongly: the Hinterrhein (54 km2) has a fast flood runoff response, the Dischma (43 km2) has a damped flood runoff response, and the Schaechen (108 km2) has a damped response during small events and remarkably strong response during extreme events. The dominant runoff process mapping tool explicitly considers the drainage timescale of subsurface flows, which was found to be important during long duration storms in the Schaechen catchment. The maps of dominant runoff processes explain differences in flood behavior well, including the strong response of the Schaechen during the most extreme events, and the large difference in flood response between the Dischma and Hinterrhein catchments, which is not well correlated to commonly used catchment descriptors. Application of the model to the most extreme event in the Schaechen and small and large events in the other catchments gave satisfactorily results. In contrast, the in situ calibrated lumped models only predicted extreme flood runoff well in the Hinterrhein, with large overestimation bias in the Schaechen and strong underestimation in the Dischma. The presented work indicates that: (a) maps of dominant runoff processes may provide a useful description of catchment organization and flood behavior in a wide range of catchments; (b) the developed framework allows useful up-scaling of small-scale hydrologic understanding in contrasting alpine catchments; and (c) this framework may provide a more reliable basis for predicting extreme floods than purely inductive methods like (regionalized) flood statistics or rainfall-runoff models calibrated to small events.

  19. What can we learn from the hydrological modeling of small-scale catchments for the discharge and water balance modeling of mesoscale catchments?

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    Cornelissen, Thomas; Diekkrüger, Bernd; Bogena, Heye

    2015-04-01

    The application of 3D hydrological models remains a challenge both in research and application studies because the parameterization not only depends on the amount and quality of data available for calibration and validation but also on the spatial and temporal model resolution. In recent years, the model parameterization has improved with the availability of high resolution data (e.g. eddy-covariance, wireless soil sensor networks). Unfortunately, these high resolution data are typically only available for small scale research test sites. This study aims to upscale the parameterization from a highly equipped, small-scale catchment to a mesoscale catchment in order to reduce the parameterization uncertainty at that scale. The two nested catchments chosen for the study are the 0.38 km² large spruce covered Wüstebach catchment and the 42 km² large Erkensruhr catchment characterized by a mixture of spruce and beech forest and grassland vegetation. The 3D hydrogeological model HydroGeoSphere (HGS) has already been setup for the Wüstebach catchment in a previous study with a focus on the simulation performance of soil water dynamics and patterns. Thus, the parameterization process did not only optimize the water balance components but the catchment's wireless soil sensor network data were utilized to calibrate porosities in order to improve the simulation of soil moisture dynamics. In this study we compared different HGS model realizations for the Erkensruhr catchment with different input data. For the first model realization, the catchment is treated heterogeneous in terms of soil properties and topography but homogeneous with respect to land use, precipitation and potential evapotranspiration. For this case, the spruce forest parameterization and the climate input data were taken directly from the small-scale Wüstebach model realization. Next, the calibrated soil porosity for the Wüstebach catchment is applied to the Erkensruhr. Further model realizations stepwise introduce more spatial heterogeneity in the Erkensruhr model (land use properties, potential evapotranspiration and precipitation). In addition, we investigated how the water balance, discharge components and soil moisture dynamics of the Wüstebach HGS simulation change with the usage of the land use parameterizations 'beech forest' and 'grassland' of the Erkensruhr applied to the soil texture and saturated conductivity information from the Erkensruhr (1:50.000) and the Wüstebach (1:2.000). Preliminary results for the Erkensruhr model realizations show that the discharge simulation is insensitive to a distributed land use input as the discharge sum and dynamics are not altered. Those model realizations which use the climate input from the Wüstebach suffer from an overestimation of the total discharge sum (Nash-Sutcliffe Coefficient of 0.48) though dynamics are well simulated with an R² of 0.8. The usage of soil information of the Erkensruhr in the Wüstebach simulation reduces the fraction of subsurface flow and increases the fraction of return and surface slow whereas the usage of mesoscale land use information alters the evapotranspiration components. The discharge quality measures R² and Nash-Sutcliffe Coefficient only slightly reduce from 0.7 to 0.65 when using mesoscale soil and land use information.

  20. Controls on River Longitudinal Profiles: Waipaoa River Basin, New Zealand

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    Livingston, D. M.; Gomez, B.

    2006-12-01

    In a regional sense, rivers adjust their gradient to discharge and the character of the rock or sediment that forms the channel boundary. Accordingly, as J.T. Hack demonstrated, rivers of the same size flowing across similar substrates tend to have similar profiles. The neighboring 222 km2 Mangatu and 239 km2 Upper Waipaoa catchments in the headwaters of the Waipaoa River basin, New Zealand, offer an ideal setting in which to examine the interaction of these and other variables on river longitudinal profiles. These two catchments are not only under laid by similar lithologies, but also have been subjected to a similar climatic regime and have experienced a similar rate of uplift during the past ~15 kyr. There is also little difference in total-relief, drainage density and the frequency distribution of slope angles between the two catchments, or in the median size of sediment present along the main stream channels. Yet, despite these similarities, the longitudinal profiles of the Mangatu and Upper Waipaoa rivers are quite different, and the upper reaches of the main stream in latter catchment are ~100-m lower than adjacent reaches along the neighboring Mangatu River. We attribute the difference in the longitudinal profiles to the way in which discharge increases in a downstream direction along the two rivers. Simply put, in the Mangatu catchment drainage area increases much more slowly with main stream channel length than it does in the Upper Waipaoa catchment. In the absence of obvious differences in the regional environment, the observed difference between the longitudinal profiles of similar sized rivers in neighboring basins serves to emphasize that the distribution of energy in the stream-channel system is dependent on the structure of the drainage network, and that an orderly empirical relationship between drainage basin area and the length of the main stream channel may not always apply.

  1. Understanding Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon transfers at the catchment scale combining chemical and fallout radionuclides analyses

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    Gateuille, David; Evrard, Olivier; Lefevre, Irène; Moreau-Guigon, Elodie; Alliot, fabrice; Chevreuil, Marc; Mouchel, Jean-Marie

    2013-04-01

    Contamination of river water and sediment constitutes a major environmental issue for industrialized countries. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of persistent organic pollutants characterized by two or more fused rings. In recent years, studies dealing with PAHs have grown in number. Some PAHs present indeed a high risk for environment and human health because of their carcinogenic and mutagenic properties. However, most of these studies focused on measuring PAH concentration in the different compartments of the environment (air, soil, sediment, water, etc.) In this context, there remains a lack of understanding regarding the various processes responsible for PAH transfers from one environmental compartment to another. Our study aims to quantify PAHs transfers at the catchment scale by combining chemical analysis with gamma spectrometry. Air, soil, river water and sediment samples (n=820) were collected in two upstream sub-catchments of the Seine River basin (France) during one year. Chemical analyses were carried out to determine PAHs concentrations in all samples. Furthermore, measurement of fallout radionuclides (Beryllium-7, Lead-210, Caesium-137) in both rainfall and river sediment provided a way to discriminate between freshly eroded sediment vs. resuspension of older material that previously deposited on the riverbed. This information is crucial to estimate PAH residence time and transfer velocities in the Seine River basin. The results show that the PAH behaviour varies from one subcatchment to the next. PAH transfers depend indeed on both the characteristics of the catchment (e.g. topography, presence of drained cropland in catchments) and the local anthropogenic pressures. A significant increase in atmospheric deposition of PAHs is observed during winter due to a larger number of sources (household heating). The 14-month study has also highlighted the seasonal variations of PAH fluxes, which are mainly related to the hydrological regimes (i.e. low flow vs. flood periods). The behaviour of the PAHs mainly depends on their molecular mass. The lightest ones tend to quickly migrate to rivers whereas the heaviest slowly accumulate in soils throughout the low-flow period. Then, an increase in PAH export associated with sediment is observed during the winter floods, when rivers are heavily loaded with suspended matter. The downstream exports of PAHs are controlled by the main erosion processes that occurred in the catchments. Results show that PAH fluxes are more important when material is mostly supplied to rivers by soil surface erosion processes than when they are delivered by gully or riverbank erosion. Despite the reduction in PAH emissions since the 1960s, there is still a significant storage of PAHs in the upstream part of the Seine River basin. In this context, WFD objectives are unlikely to be reached by 2015.

  2. A tentative of Holocene sediment budget for the Seulles catchment (western France)

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    Viel, Vincent; Lespez, Laurent; Delahaye, Daniel; Le Gouee, Patrick

    2010-05-01

    Geomorphological and paleoenvironmental researches on Holocene sedimentation in the valleys of Normandy provide evidence for fluvial system changes related to climate and human activities in the Paris basin. Alluvial and colluvial deposits are important as archives of past environments changes. They can be used to construct the temporal frameworks for historical erosion and to give an indication of the past erosion processes. Few studies attempts to make long-term soil erosion and sediment storage in the valley bottom in North-western France. This work put into forward results of a research on Holocene sediment budget. This study focuses in the Seulles catchment (430 km²), located in Normandy at the junction between the Armorican massif (upstream part) and the sedimentary Paris Basin (downstream part). In order to reconstruct the Holocene sediment budget, different approaches were used to quantify sediment deposit within the floodplain, soil erosion rates and colluvial deposition. To characterize and quantify the sediment storage into the valley bottoms, 32 partial or complete cross-sections, regularly placed along the valley bottom, were established. These field investigations allow to evaluate the global bulk of fluvial sediment storage into the catchment. In a second step, the assessment of dry bulk densities permits to convert volumetric data into weight. To establish the chronology of the alluvial filling, 6 drilling cores were realized on selected cross-sections to sample organic material content for AMS radiocarbon dating. In total, 38 dates were obtained at the catchment scale and numerous are in process. In the same way, we evaluated Holocene slope erosion and sediment storage using soils profiles descriptions determined from auger coring transects of two small catchments (15 Km²). Results demonstrate the existence until 2500 BP of two morpho-sedimentary units (a model related to sediments dynamics into the catchment and a second one related to the hydrological context of the basin) covered by an important silty sedimentation mainly constituted by overbank and colluvial deposits. Datations underline that Iron and Antique period (2800 - 1600 cal. BP) appears to be a key period in the triggering of the silting up of valley bottom according to farming changes which increase soils erosion rates and landscape connectivity. These results are finally discussed and compared to actual soil erosion rate and transfers processes.

  3. Evaluating the critical source area concept of phosphorus loss from soils to water-bodies in agricultural catchments.

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    Shore, M; Jordan, P; Mellander, P-E; Kelly-Quinn, M; Wall, D P; Murphy, P N C; Melland, A R

    2014-08-15

    Using data collected from six basins located across two hydrologically contrasting agricultural catchments, this study investigated whether transport metrics alone provide better estimates of storm phosphorus (P) loss from basins than critical source area (CSA) metrics which combine source factors as well. Concentrations and loads of P in quickflow (QF) were measured at basin outlets during four storm events and were compared with dynamic (QF magnitude) and static (extent of highly-connected, poorly-drained soils) transport metrics and a CSA metric (extent of highly-connected, poorly-drained soils with excess plant-available P). Pairwise comparisons between basins with similar CSA risks but contrasting QF magnitudes showed that QF flow-weighted mean TRP (total molybdate-reactive P) concentrations and loads were frequently (at least 11 of 14 comparisons) more than 40% higher in basins with the highest QF magnitudes. Furthermore, static transport metrics reliably discerned relative QF magnitudes between these basins. However, particulate P (PP) concentrations were often (6 of 14 comparisons) higher in basins with the lowest QF magnitudes, most likely due to soil-management activities (e.g. ploughing), in these predominantly arable basins at these times. Pairwise comparisons between basins with contrasting CSA risks and similar QF magnitudes showed that TRP and PP concentrations and loads did not reflect trends in CSA risk or QF magnitude. Static transport metrics did not discern relative QF magnitudes between these basins. In basins with contrasting transport risks, storm TRP concentrations and loads were well differentiated by dynamic or static transport metrics alone, regardless of differences in soil P. In basins with similar transport risks, dynamic transport metrics and P source information additional to soil P may be required to predict relative storm TRP concentrations and loads. Regardless of differences in transport risk, information on land use and management, may be required to predict relative differences in storm PP concentrations between these agricultural basins. PMID:24863139

  4. Snow cover trend and hydrological characteristics of the Astore River basin (Western Himalayas) and its comparison to the Hunza basin (Karakoram region).

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    Tahir, Adnan Ahmad; Chevallier, Pierre; Arnaud, Yves; Ashraf, Muhammad; Bhatti, Muhammad Tousif

    2015-02-01

    A large proportion of Pakistan's irrigation water supply is taken from the Upper Indus River Basin (UIB) in the Himalaya-Karakoram-Hindukush range. More than half of the annual flow in the UIB is contributed by five of its snow and glacier-fed sub-basins including the Astore (Western Himalaya - south latitude of the UIB) and Hunza (Central Karakoram - north latitude of the UIB) River basins. Studying the snow cover, its spatio-temporal change and the hydrological response of these sub-basins is important so as to better manage water resources. This paper compares new data from the Astore River basin (mean catchment elevation, 4100 m above sea level; m asl afterwards), obtained using MODIS satellite snow cover images, with data from a previously-studied high-altitude basin, the Hunza (mean catchment elevation, 4650 m asl). The hydrological regime of this sub-catchment was analyzed using the hydrological and climate data available at different altitudes from the basin area. The results suggest that the UIB is a region undergoing a stable or slightly increasing trend of snow cover in the southern (Western Himalayas) and northern (Central Karakoram) parts. Discharge from the UIB is a combination of snow and glacier melt with rainfall-runoff at southern part, but snow and glacier melt are dominant at the northern part of the catchment. Similar snow cover trends (stable or slightly increasing) but different river flow trends (increasing in Astore and decreasing in Hunza) suggest a sub-catchment level study of the UIB to understand thoroughly its hydrological behavior for better flood forecasting and water resources management. PMID:25461078

  5. Flash flood modelling for ungauged catchments

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    Garambois, P.-A.; Roux, H.; Larnier, K.; Dartus, D.

    2012-04-01

    Flash flood is a very intense and quick hydrologic response of a catchment to rainfall. This phenomenon has a high spatial-temporal variability as its generating storm, often hitting small catchments (few km2). Data collected by (Gaume et al. 2009) about 500 flash floods over the last 50 years showed that they could occur everywhere in Europe and more often in the Mediterranean regions, Alpine regions and continental Europe. Given the small spatial-temporal scales and high variability of flash floods, their prediction remains a hard exercise as the necessary data are often scarce. Flash flood prediction on ungauged catchments is one of the challenges of hydrological modelling as defined by (Sivapalan et al. 2003). Several studies have been headed up with the MARINE model (Modélisation de l'Anticipation du Ruissellement et des Inondations pour des évèNements Extrêmes) for the Gard region (France), (Roux et al. 2011), (Castaings et al. 2009). This physically based spatially distributed rainfall runoff model is dedicated to flash flood prediction. The study aims at finding a methodology for flash flood prediction at ungauged locations in the Cévennes-Vivarais region in particular. The regionalization method is based on multiple calibrations on gauged catchments in order to extract model structures (model + parameter values) for each catchment. Several mathematical methods (multiple regressions, transfer functions, krigging…) will then be tested to calculate a regional parameter set. The study also investigates the usability of additional hydrologic indices at different time scales to constrain model predictions from parameters obtained using these indices, and this independently of the model considered. These hydrologic indices gather information on hydrograph shape or catchment dynamic for instance. Results explaining global catchments behaviour are expected that way. The spatial-temporal variability of storms is also described through indices and linked with hydrograph shape descriptors in order to constrain model at ungauged locations. In a multi scale point of view, regional characteristics about catchments geomorphology or rainfall fields' statistics should provide useful insight to find pertinent hydrologic response indices. These considerations with physically based distributed modelling may bring better understanding on flash floods generating mechanisms and catchment responses.

  6. In Lieu of the Paired-Catchment Approach - Hydrologic Model Change Detection at the Catchment Scale

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    Zegre, N. P.

    2009-05-01

    Knowledge of the effects of forest management on hydrology primarily comes from paired-catchment studies conducted world-wide. While this approach has been useful for discerning changes in small experimental catchments and has contributed fundamental knowledge of the effects of forest and natural resources management on hydrology, results from experimental catchment studies exhibit temporal variability, have limited spatial inference, and lack insight into internal catchment processes. To address these limitations, traditional field experiments can be supplemented with numerical models to isolate the effects of disturbance on catchment behavior. Outlined in this study is an alternative method of change detection for daily time-series streamflow that integrates hydrologic modeling and statistical change detection methods used to discern the effects of contemporary forest management on the hydrology of western Oregon Cascades headwater catchments. In this study, a simple rainfall-runoff model was used to generate virtual reference catchments using attributes that reflect streamflow conditions absent of forest disturbance. Streamflow was simulated under three levels of model uncertainty using GLUE and were used to construct generalized least squares regression models to discern changes in hydrologic behavior. By considering processes within a single experimental catchment rather than the two spatially explicit catchments used in traditional paired experiments, it was possible to reduce unexplained variation and increase the likelihood of correctly detecting hydrologic effects following forest harvesting. In order to evaluate the stability of the hydrologic and statistical models and catchment behavior over time, the change detection method was applied to a contemporary reference catchment. By applying the change detection model to reference catchments, it was possible to eliminate unexpected variation as a cause for detected changes in observed hydrology. Further, it was possible to attribute increased streamflow to forest management with greater certainty. Shown is the importance and necessity of coupling hydrologic modeling studies with reference catchments in order to evaluate model performance and reduce false detections from statistical models. The proposed method appears to be a useful alternative to change detection using highly variable daily streamflow.

  7. Goulburn River experimental catchment data set

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    Rüdiger, Christoph; Hancock, Greg; Hemakumara, Herbert M.; Jacobs, Barry; Kalma, Jetse D.; Martinez, Cristina; Thyer, Mark; Walker, Jeffrey P.; Wells, Tony; Willgoose, Garry R.

    2007-10-01

    This paper describes the data set from the 6540-km2 Goulburn River experimental catchment in New South Wales, Australia. Data have been archived from this experimental catchment since its inception in September 2002. Land use in the northern half of the catchment is predominantly cropping and grazing on basalt-derived soils, with the south being cattle and sheep grazing on sandstone-derived soils; only the floodplains are cleared of trees in the south. Monitoring sites are mainly concentrated in the nested Merriwa (651 km2) and Krui (562 km2) subcatchments in the northern half of this experimental catchment with a few monitoring sites located in the south. The data set comprises soil temperature and moisture profile measurements from 26 locations; meteorological data from two automated weather stations (data from a further three stations are available from other sources) including precipitation, atmospheric pressure, air temperature and relative humidity, wind speed and direction, soil heat flux, and up- and down-welling short- and long-wave radiation; streamflow observations at five nested locations (data from a further three locations are available from other sources); a total of three surface soil moisture maps across a 40 km × 50 km region in the north from ˜200 measurement locations during intensive field campaigns; and a high-resolution digital elevation model (DEM) of a 175-ha microcatchment in the Krui catchment. These data are available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sasmas.unimelb.edu.au.

  8. The Humber catchment and its coastal area: from UK to European perspectives.

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    Cave, R R; Ledoux, L; Turner, K; Jickells, T; Andrews, J E; Davies, H

    2003-10-01

    The present water quality of the Humber rivers and coastal zone depends on a complex interplay of factors, including physical ones, such as the underlying geology, which influences soil type, climatic ones, such as the rainfall, which influences runoff, socio-economic ones, which influence present-day human activities in the catchment, and the legacy of former activities, such as contaminated sediments from mining. All of these factors affect the fluxes of nutrients and other contaminants to the rivers and coastal zone. The Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires the production of a river basin management plan intended to lead to the achievement of good chemical and ecological status for all water bodies in the catchment over the next two decades. This paper provides an overview of the current environmental and socio-economic state of the Humber catchment and coastal zone, and broadly examines how socio-economic drivers affect the fluxes of nutrients and contaminants to the coastal zone, using the driver-pressure-state-impact-response (DPSIR) approach. This is followed by an overview of future research, describing the use of scenarios to simulate future fluxes and provide a consistent framework to evaluate potential policies to improve water quality in the estuary. The Humber catchment is one of eight case studies within a European research project, EUROCAT (EVK1-CT-2000-00044), which aims to achieve integrated catchment and coastal zone management by analysing the response of the coastal sea to changes in fluxes of nutrients and contaminants from the catchments. For the Humber case study, the research focuses on the fluxes of two nutrient elements, N and P, and four metal contaminants, As, Cu, Pb and Zn. The project requires the integration of scientific and socio-economic approaches, bringing together quantitative environmental data garnered for individual river catchments and coastal zones in previous research programmes, and local and regional socio-economic data, to aid decision-makers in their search for integrated and sustainable coastal zone management strategies. PMID:14499525

  9. Hydrological improvements for nutrient and pollutant emission modeling in large scale catchments

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    Höllering, S.; Ihringer, J.

    2012-04-01

    An estimation of emissions and loads of nutrients and pollutants into European water bodies with as much accuracy as possible depends largely on the knowledge about the spatially and temporally distributed hydrological runoff patterns. An improved hydrological water balance model for the pollutant emission model MoRE (Modeling of Regionalized Emissions) (IWG, 2011) has been introduced, that can form an adequate basis to simulate discharge in a hydrologically differentiated, land-use based way to subsequently provide the required distributed discharge components. First of all the hydrological model had to comply both with requirements of space and time in order to calculate sufficiently precise the water balance on the catchment scale spatially distributed in sub-catchments and with a higher temporal resolution. Aiming to reproduce seasonal dynamics and the characteristic hydrological regimes of river catchments a daily (instead of a yearly) time increment was applied allowing for a more process oriented simulation of discharge dynamics, volume and therefore water balance. The enhancement of the hydrological model became also necessary to potentially account for the hydrological functioning of catchments in regard to scenarios of e.g. a changing climate or alterations of land use. As a deterministic, partly physically based, conceptual hydrological watershed and water balance model the Precipitation Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) (USGS, 2009) was selected to improve the hydrological input for MoRE. In PRMS the spatial discretization is implemented with sub-catchments and so called hydrologic response units (HRUs) which are the hydrotropic, distributed, finite modeling entities each having a homogeneous runoff reaction due to hydro-meteorological events. Spatial structures and heterogeneities in sub-catchments e.g. urbanity, land use and soil types were identified to derive hydrological similarities and classify in different urban and rural HRUs. In this way the hydrological system is simulated spatially differentiated and emissions from urban and rural areas into river courses can be detected separately. In the Ruhr catchment (4.485 km2) as a right tributary of the Rhine located in the lower mountain range of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany for the validation period 2002-2006 the hydrological model showed first satisfying results. The feasibility study in the Ruhr shows the suitability of the approach and illustrates the potentials for further developments in terms of an implementation throughout the German and contiguous watersheds. IWG, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). 2011. http://isww.iwg.kit.edu/MoRE.php. [Online] Institute for Water and River Basin Management, Department of Aquatic Environmental Engineering, October 2011. USGS, U.S. Geological Survey. 2009. PRMS-2009, the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System. Denver, Colorado : s.n., 2009. Bd. U.S. Geologic Survey Open File Report.

  10. Volume-Duration-Frequencies for Ungaged Catchments in Texas 

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    Devulapalli, Ravi S.; Valdes, Juan B.

    1996-01-01

    This report summarizes results from studies to determine relationships among the volume, duration and frequencies of floods in ungaged catchments in Texas. Methodologies were adopted for determining flood volumes at unregulated, non-urban catchments...

  11. Comparative analysis of base flow recession curves for different Andean catchments

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    Guzman, P.; Batelaan, O.; Wyseure, G.

    2012-04-01

    Little is known in the Paute River basin, Ecuador about the groundwater resources, the relation between aquifers and their recharge zones and interaction with rivers. The pressure from human activities in the river basin is increasing and impacting the surface water quality and quantity, therefore it becomes increasingly useful to estimate the potential of groundwater exploitation as an alternative resource. Due to the lack of specific groundwater data and information, assessment of suitable alternative methods for groundwater research at different scales is considered. In low flow hydrology literature it is noted that the majority of natural gains to streamflow during low-flow periods are derived from releases from groundwater storage, moreover baseflow is generally suggested to be an indicator of groundwater or other delayed sources. Analysis of flow recession curves allows the determination of characteristics of the groundwater reservoir, which is a prerequisite for the separation of baseflow from total discharge and the estimation of groundwater storage and recharge. The flow recession curve at a river cross section is defined as the discharge hydrograph of the basin during a rainless or dry period. Its analysis yields information on the retention characteristics of the basin and of groundwater storage and depletion. In the Paute River basin baseflows are assumed to be originating from Paramo storage, which is largely determined by the high water retention capacity of the soils in combination with their slopes. In the case of the sub-catchment of the Tarqui River, there are evidences based on topography, hydromorphology, discharges and soils that suggest the presence of a major aquifer in the valley. Hence, the goal of this contribution is the comparison and analysis of groundwater conditions based on baseflow recession analysis for the Tarqui and Yanuncay River sub-catchments. Baseflow analyses are translated in recharge and groundwater resources characteristics, as well as relationships with land cover, morphology, geology and rainfall are established and presented. The results are discussed within the framework of increasing pressures on the water system.

  12. Before and After Integrated Catchment Management in a Headwater Catchment: Changes in Water Quality

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    Hughes, Andrew O.; Quinn, John M.

    2014-12-01

    Few studies have comprehensively measured the effect on water quality of catchment rehabilitation measures in comparison with baseline conditions. Here we have analyzed water clarity and nutrient concentrations and loads for a 13-year period in a headwater catchment within the western Waikato region, New Zealand. For the first 6 years, the entire catchment was used for hill-country cattle and sheep grazing. An integrated catchment management plan was implemented whereby cattle were excluded from riparian areas, the most degraded land was planted in Pinus radiata, channel banks were planted with poplar trees and the beef cattle enterprise was modified. The removal of cattle from riparian areas without additional riparian planting had a positive and rapid effect on stream water clarity. In contrast, the water clarity decreased in those sub-catchments where livestock was excluded but riparian areas were planted with trees and shrubs. We attribute the decrease in water clarity to a reduction in groundcover vegetation that armors stream banks against preparatory erosion processes. Increases in concentrations of forms of P and N were recorded. These increases were attributed to: (i) the reduction of instream nutrient uptake by macrophytes and periphyton due to increased riparian shading; (ii) uncontrolled growth of a nitrogen fixing weed (gorse) in some parts of the catchment, and (iii) the reduction in the nutrient attenuation capacity of seepage wetlands due to the decrease in their areal coverage in response to afforestation. Our findings highlight the complex nature of the water quality response to catchment rehabilitation measures.

  13. 26Al/10Be burial ages for a Pleistocene terrace in the Vienna Basin, Austria

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    Braumann, S.; Fiebig, M.; Neuhuber, S.; Schaefer, J. M.; Haeuselmann, P.; Schwartz, R.; Finkel, R. C.

    2014-12-01

    The Vienna Basin in the northeastern part of Austria between the Eastern Alps and the West Carpathians is a pull-apart basin crossed by the Danube river. The structure is filled with marine and terrestrial sediments showing thicknesses of up to 6 km. An increase in glacial melt water discharges, typically linked to high productivity of Alpine glaciers, had an essential impact on the formation of the investigated terrace. The scale of erosion and sediment transport translates to deposition rates in the foreland and is influenced by the magnitude of melt water discharges in Alpine catchment areas. Variations in layer characteristics (i.e. grain size, sorting, thickness) are an indicator for glacial pulses. Burial dates of ten quartz pebbles originating from the Gaenserndorfer terrace, situated in the northeastern part of the basin, set time dependent constraints on the required hydrological regime for mobilization, transport and sedimentation of bedloads and allow relating the deposition of glacial sediments to past glacial periods. But the geomorphic evolution of the Vienna Basin was not only determined by sedimentation processes. A number of irregularities manifest that tectonics affected the area as well: Terrace tilts are dipping against the slope of the Danube and offsets of some decameters between sediment layers showing the same facies, but located several kilometers apart from each other, could be identified. An extensive Miocene fault system was partly reactivated during the Middle Pleistocene and could have caused the formation of these discontinuities. It is of great interest to discriminate impacts on the area due to deposition from morphological elements formed by seismic events. The preliminary burial ages afford for putting the sampled terrace segment into a coherent geochronological context and provide a dataset to compare ages of the Gaenserndofer terrace to ages of sediment layers at other locations within the basin in order to either validate or reject the hypothesis that they belong to the same stratigraphical unit. The dating of the terrace helps to analyze the processes dominating this complex area and can contribute to a better understanding of the prevalent climate conditions in the Alps, the Alpine foreland and the inner Alpine basins during the Quaternary.

  14. Twenty-first century changes in the hydrology, glaciers, and permafrost of the Susitna Basin, Alaska

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    Bliss, A. K.; Hock, R.; Wolken, G. J.; Zhang, J.; Whorton, E.; Braun, J. L.; Gusmeroli, A.; Liljedahl, A.; Schulla, J.

    2014-12-01

    In the face of climate change, the hydrology of the upper Susitna Basin in South-Central Alaska is expected to change. This would impact the quantity and seasonality of river flow into a proposed hydroelectric dam, if it were to be built. The upper Susitna Basin catchment area is 13,289 km², ranging from 450-4000 m a.s.l. It is 4% glacierized and is characterized by sparse vegetation, discontinuous permafrost, and little human development. We present field measurements and results from hydrological modeling. We present new field data from spring and fall 2014 along with field measurements from the 1980's, 2012, and 2013. These data are used to calibrate and validate the hydrological model. Traditional glacier mass balance measurements show that the glaciers lost more mass in 2012 and 2013 than in 1981, 1982, or 1983. Springtime snow radar surveys of the glaciers allow us to extrapolate from point measurements of snow depth to the whole glacier area. Snow depth measurements at tundra sites as well as tundra vegetation and soil characterizations help us choose appropriate model parameters for the tundra portions of the basin. Meteorological data (temperature, humidity, and precipitation) from over 20 stations in the basin show the summertime temperature lapse rate to be smaller over glacier surfaces compared to ice-free surfaces. Precipitation is highly variable across the basin. Energy balance measurements from two meteorological stations, one located on West Fork Glacier and one on a nunatak near Susitna Glacier, are used for more detailed modeling of summertime glacier melt and runoff. We run a physically-based hydrological model to project 21st century river discharge: Water Flow and Balance Simulation Model (WaSiM). Climate inputs come from a CCSM CMIP5 RCP6.0 scenario downscaled to a 20km-5km nested grid using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model. From 2010-2029 to 2080-2099 the basin-wide mean-annual temperature will rise 2.5 degrees and total precipitation will rise 2%, with a 13% decrease in snowfall and a 20% increase in rainfall. Preliminary WaSiM runs indicate that glaciers will retreat, evapotranspiration will increase, and permafrost will thaw. Annual runoff will remain relatively steady, but the timing of the peak spring runoff will shift to an earlier date.

  15. Catchment scale multi-objective flood management

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    Rose, Steve; Worrall, Peter; Rosolova, Zdenka; Hammond, Gene

    2010-05-01

    Rural land management is known to affect both the generation and propagation of flooding at the local scale, but there is still a general lack of good evidence that this impact is still significant at the larger catchment scale given the complexity of physical interactions and climatic variability taking place at this level. The National Trust, in partnership with the Environment Agency, are managing an innovative project on the Holnicote Estate in south west England to demonstrate the benefits of using good rural land management practices to reduce flood risk at the both the catchment and sub-catchment scales. The Holnicote Estate is owned by the National Trust and comprises about 5,000 hectares of land, from the uplands of Exmoor to the sea, incorporating most of the catchments of the river Horner and Aller Water. There are nearly 100 houses across three villages that are at risk from flooding which could potentially benefit from changes in land management practices in the surrounding catchment providing a more sustainable flood attenuation function. In addition to the contribution being made to flood risk management there are a range of other ecosystems services that will be enhanced through these targeted land management changes. Alterations in land management will create new opportunities for wildlife and habitats and help to improve the local surface water quality. Such improvements will not only create additional wildlife resources locally but also serve the landscape response to climate change effects by creating and enhancing wildlife networks within the region. Land management changes will also restore and sustain landscape heritage resources and provide opportunities for amenity, recreation and tourism. The project delivery team is working with the National Trust from source to sea across the entire Holnicote Estate, to identify and subsequently implement suitable land management techniques to manage local flood risk within the catchments. These techniques will include: controlling headwater drainage, increasing evapotranspiration and interception by creating new woodlands in the upper catchment areas, enabling coarse woody debris dams to slow down water flows through steep valleys, improving soil water storage potential by appropriate soil and crop management, retaining water on lowland flood meadows and wet woodland creation within the floodplain. The project, due to run from 2009 until 2013, incorporates hydrometric and water quality monitoring, together with hydrologic and hydraulic modelling in order to attempt to demonstrate the effect of land management changes on flood dynamics and flood risk management. To date, the project team have undertaken the fundamental catchment characterisation work to understand its physical setting and the interaction of the physical processes that influence the hydrological response of the catchment to incident precipitation. The results of this initial work has led to the identification of a suitably robust hydrometric monitoring network within the catchments to meet the needs of providing both quantitative evidence of the impacts of land management change on flood risk, together with generating good quality datasets for the validation and testing of the new hydrologic models. As the project aims to demonstrate ‘best practice' in all areas, the opportunity has been taken to install a network of automatic hydrometric monitoring equipment, together with an associated telemetry system, in order to maximise data coverage, accuracy and reliability. Good quality datasets are a critical requirement for reliable modelling. The modelling will also be expanded to incorporate climate change scenarios. This paper will describe the catchment characterisation work undertaken to date, the proposed land management changes in relation to flood risk management, the initial catchment hydraulic modelling work and the implementation of the new hydrometric monitoring network within the study area.

  16. Attributes for NHDPlus Catchments (Version 1.1) for the Conterminous United States: Base-Flow Index

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the mean base-flow index expressed as a percent, compiled for every catchment in NHDPlus for the conterminous United States. Base flow is the component of streamflow that can be attributed to ground-water discharge into streams. The source data set is Base-Flow Index for the Conterminous United States (Wolock, 2003). The NHDPlus Version 1.1 is an integrated suite of application-ready geospatial datasets that incorporates many of the best features of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and the National Elevation Dataset (NED). The NHDPlus includes a stream network (based on the 1:100,00-scale NHD), improved networking, naming, and value-added attributes (VAAs). NHDPlus also includes elevation-derived catchments (drainage areas) produced using a drainage enforcement technique first widely used in New England, and thus referred to as "the New England Method." This technique involves "burning in" the 1:100,000-scale NHD and when available building "walls" using the National Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD). The resulting modified digital elevation model (HydroDEM) is used to produce hydrologic derivatives that agree with the NHD and WBD. Over the past two years, an interdisciplinary team from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and contractors, found that this method produces the best quality NHD catchments using an automated process (USEPA, 2007). The NHDPlus dataset is organized by 18 Production Units that cover the conterminous United States. The NHDPlus version 1.1 data are grouped by the U.S. Geologic Survey's Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). MRB1, covering the New England and Mid-Atlantic River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 1 and 2. MRB2, covering the South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 3 and 6. MRB3, covering the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 4, 5, 7 and 9. MRB4, covering the Missouri River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 10-lower and 10-upper. MRB5, covering the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 8, 11 and 12. MRB6, covering the Rio Grande, Colorado and Great Basin River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 13, 14, 15 and 16. MRB7, covering the Pacific Northwest River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 17. MRB8, covering California River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 18.

  17. Attributes for NHDPlus Catchments (Version 1.1) for the Conterminous United States: Estimated Mean Annual Natural Groundwater Recharge, 2002

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This data set represents the mean annual natural groundwater recharge, in millimeters, compiled for every catchment of NHDPlus for the conterminous United States. The source data set is Estimated Mean Annual Natural Ground-Water Recharge in the Conterminous United States (Wolock, 2003). The NHDPlus Version 1.1 is an integrated suite of application-ready geospatial datasets that incorporates many of the best features of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and the National Elevation Dataset (NED). The NHDPlus includes a stream network (based on the 1:100,00-scale NHD), improved networking, naming, and value-added attributes (VAAs). NHDPlus also includes elevation-derived catchments (drainage areas) produced using a drainage enforcement technique first widely used in New England, and thus referred to as "the New England Method." This technique involves "burning in" the 1:100,000-scale NHD and when available building "walls" using the National Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD). The resulting modified digital elevation model (HydroDEM) is used to produce hydrologic derivatives that agree with the NHD and WBD. Over the past two years, an interdisciplinary team from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and contractors, found that this method produces the best quality NHD catchments using an automated process (USEPA, 2007). The NHDPlus dataset is organized by 18 Production Units that cover the conterminous United States. The NHDPlus version 1.1 data are grouped by the U.S. Geologic Survey's Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). MRB1, covering the New England and Mid-Atlantic River basins, containing NHDPlus Production Units 1 and 2. MRB2, covering the South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 3 and 6. MRB3, covering the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 4, 5, 7 and 9. MRB4, covering the Missouri River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 10-lower and 10-upper. MRB5, covering the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 8, 11 and 12. MRB6, covering the Rio Grande, Colorado and Great Basin River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 13, 14, 15 and 16. MRB7, covering the Pacific Northwest River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 17. MRB8, covering California River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 18.

  18. Attributes for NHDPlus Catchments (Version 1.1) for the Conterminous United States: Mean Infiltration-Excess Overland Flow, 2002

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This tabular data set represents the mean value for infiltration-excess overland flow as estimated by the watershed model TOPMODEL, compiled for every catchment of NHDPlus for the conterminous United States. Infiltration-excess overland flow, expressed as a percent of total overland flow, is simulated in TOPMODEL as precipitation that exceeds the infiltration capacity of the soil and enters the stream channel. The source data set is Infiltration-Excess Overland Flow Estimated by TOPMODEL for the Conterminous United States (Wolock, 2003). The NHDPlus Version 1.1 is an integrated suite of application-ready geospatial datasets that incorporates many of the best features of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and the National Elevation Dataset (NED). The NHDPlus includes a stream network (based on the 1:100,00-scale NHD), improved networking, naming, and value-added attributes (VAAs). NHDPlus also includes elevation-derived catchments (drainage areas) produced using a drainage enforcement technique first widely used in New England, and thus referred to as "the New England Method." This technique involves "burning in" the 1:100,000-scale NHD and when available building "walls" using the National Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD). The resulting modified digital elevation model (HydroDEM) is used to produce hydrologic derivatives that agree with the NHD and WBD. Over the past two years, an interdisciplinary team from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and contractors, found that this method produces the best quality NHD catchments using an automated process (USEPA, 2007). The NHDPlus dataset is organized by 18 Production Units that cover the conterminous United States. The NHDPlus version 1.1 data are grouped by the U.S. Geologic Survey's Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). MRB1, covering the New England and Mid-Atlantic River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 1 and 2. MRB2, covering the South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 3 and 6. MRB3, covering the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 4, 5, 7 and 9. MRB4, covering the Missouri River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 10-lower and 10-upper. MRB5, covering the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 8, 11 and 12. MRB6, covering the Rio Grande, Colorado and Great Basin River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 13, 14, 15 and 16. MRB7, covering the Pacific Northwest River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 17. MRB8, covering California River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 18.

  19. Modeling seasonal export and retention of nutrients in european catchments

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. de Klein

    2003-01-01

    In the abatement of eutrophication of standing waters management of sources and transport of nutrients in river catchments is crucial. However the transport of nitrogen and phosphorus can vary significantly among (sub) catchments as a result of different physical, chemical and biotic factors. Qualitative and quantitative differences in nutrient pathways within catchments hamper the application of common standards and reliable

  20. Modeling daily streamflow at ungauged catchments: What information is necessary?

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    Patil, S.; Stieglitz, M.

    2011-12-01

    Streamflow modeling at ungauged catchments involves transfer of information (viz., model structure and parameters) from gauged to ungauged catchments that are judged to be hydrologically similar. In this study, we focus on identifying: (1) what constitutes the critical information that needs to be transferred among hydrologically similar catchments to achieve good predictability using models at ungauged sites, and (2) which is the best approach for transferring this information from gauged to ungauged catchments. We develop a simple hydrologic model with minimal calibration requirement and implement it over 756 catchments located across the continental United States. The model computes water balance at a daily time-step and conceptualizes subsurface runoff through a storage-dependent exponential decline in saturated hydraulic conductivity. Snow accumulation and melt are modeled using the thermal degree-day concept. The calibrated model performs better in humid runoff-dominated regions than in the drier evapotranspiration-dominated regions. Results show that within a region, transfer of hydrograph recession information alone is sufficient for reliable streamflow predictions at ungauged catchments. Information transfer from spatially proximate gauged catchments provides better streamflow predictability at ungauged catchments than transfer from catchments identified as physically similar. When considering spatially proximate catchments, information transfer from multiple donor catchments is preferable to transfer from a single donor catchment.

  1. Bacterial source tracking and shellfish contamination in a coastal catchment.

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    Geary, P M; Davies, C M

    2003-01-01

    Introduced pathogens from faecal material can make their way into the aquatic environment from a number of catchment sources. These sources typically include sewage outfalls, seepage from septic tanks, and urban and agricultural runoff. Shellfish as filter feeders are particularly susceptible to contamination in faecally contaminated waters and a range of microbiological indicators have been developed to assess the levels of contamination and likely risks to public health (Hackney and Pierson, 1994). This paper outlines the application of bacterial source tracking (BST) in a shellfish growing area in part of the Port Stephens estuary along the NSW north coast. The approach is based on the premise that bacterial isolates from different faecal sources will have significantly different resistance patterns to the battery of antibiotics and concentrations tested. Faecal streptococci (FS) were isolated from several possible faecal sources: beef and dairy cattle, chickens and humans. The resistance patterns of these isolates to four different concentrations of four antibiotics were compared to those of FS isolates obtained from samples collected upstream and in the vicinity of the oyster leases. Discriminant analysis was performed using the patterns from the known source isolates and the rate of correct classification was determined for each source. The predictive function of discriminant analysis was then used to determine the most probable source of each of the unknown isolates from Tilligerry Creek, the drainage channels to the estuary, and the shellfish leases. Preliminary results are presented here and suggest that there is no single significant source of faecal contamination, rather there are contributions from a range of sources. The findings may have implications for the ways in which land use activities and catchments are managed in similar estuarine locations with a shellfish industry. PMID:12793667

  2. A simple framework for relating variations in runoff to variations in climatic conditions and catchment properties

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    Roderick, Michael L.; Farquhar, Graham D.

    2011-12-01

    We use the Budyko framework to calculate catchment-scale evapotranspiration (E) and runoff (Q) as a function of two climatic factors, precipitation (P) and evaporative demand (Eo = 0.75 times the pan evaporation rate), and a third parameter that encodes the catchment properties (n) and modifies how P is partitioned between E and Q. This simple theory accurately predicted the long-term evapotranspiration (E) and runoff (Q) for the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) in southeast Australia. We extend the theory by developing a simple and novel analytical expression for the effects on E and Q of small perturbations in P, Eo, and n. The theory predicts that a 10% change in P, with all else constant, would result in a 26% change in Q in the MDB. Future climate scenarios (2070-2099) derived using Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change AR4 climate model output highlight the diversity of projections for P (±30%) with a correspondingly large range in projections for Q (±80%) in the MDB. We conclude with a qualitative description about the impact of changes in catchment properties on water availability and focus on the interaction between vegetation change, increasing atmospheric [CO2], and fire frequency. We conclude that the modern version of the Budyko framework is a useful tool for making simple and transparent estimates of changes in water availability.

  3. Ecosystem Services Derived from Headwater Catchments

    EPA Science Inventory

    We used data from the USEPA?s wadeable streams assessment (WSA), US Forest Service?s forest inventory and analysis (FIA), and select USFS experimental forests (EF) to investigate potential ecosystems services derived from headwater catchments. C, N, and P inputs to these catchmen...

  4. Integrated catchment assessment of riverine landscape dynamics

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    Peter Molnar; Paolo Burlando; Wolfgang Ruf

    2002-01-01

    The traditional approach to study riverine environments focuses on the river reach scale, with streamflow as a steady state driving force. Here, the accent is on the dynamic nature of streamflow. Impacts of the hydrological regime, of floods and streamflow variability, on riverine landscapes are reviewed. To evaluate such impacts, it is necessary to focus on the entire catchment in

  5. Estimating net anthropogenic nitrogen inputs (NANI) in the Lake Dianchi Basin of China

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    Gao, W.; Howarth, R. W.; Hong, B.; Swaney, D. P.; Guo, H. C.

    2014-03-01

    Net anthropogenic nitrogen inputs (NANI) with components of atmospheric N deposition, synthetic N fertilizer, agricultural N fixation and N in net food and feed imports from 15 catchments in Lake Dianchi Basin were determined over an 11 year period (2000-2010). The 15 catchments range in size from 44 km2 to 316 km2 with an average of 175 km2. To reduce uncertainty from scale change methodology, results from data extracting by area-weighting and land use-weighting methods were compared. Results show that methodology for extrapolating data from county scale to watersheds has a great influence on NANI computation for catchments in the Lake Dianchi Basin, and estimates of NANI between two methods have an average difference of 30% on catchments basis while a smaller difference (15%) was observed on the whole Lake Dianchi Basin basis. The riverine N export has stronger linear relationship with NANI computed by land use-weighting method, which we believe is more reliable. Overall, nitrogen inputs assessed by the NANI approach for the Lake Dianchi Basin are 9900 kg N km-2 yr-1, ranging from 6600 to 28 000 kg N km-2 yr-1 among the 15 catchments. Synthetic N fertilizer is the largest component of NANI in most subwatersheds. On average, riverine flux of nitrogen in catchments of the Lake Dianchi Basin averages 83% of NANI, far higher than generally observed in North America and Europe. Saturated N sinks and limited capacity for denitrification in rivers may be responsible for this high percent of riverine N export. A negative intercept observed in the linear relationship between NANI and riverine N export suggests the influence of pollution control measures on N flux in small watershed. The NANI methodology should be applicable in small watersheds when sufficiently detailed data are available to estimate its components.

  6. Estimating net anthropogenic nitrogen inputs (NANI) in the Lake Dianchi basin of China

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    Gao, W.; Howarth, R. W.; Hong, B.; Swaney, D. P.; Guo, H. C.

    2014-08-01

    Net anthropogenic nitrogen inputs (NANI) with components of atmospheric N deposition, synthetic N fertilizer, agricultural N fixation and N in net food and feed imports from 15 catchments in the Lake Dianchi basin were determined over an 11-year period (2000-2010). The 15 catchments range in size from 44 km2 to 316 km2 with an average of 175 km2. To reduce uncertainty from scale change methodology, results from data extraction by area-weighting and land use-weighting methods were compared. Results show that the methodology for extrapolating data from the county scale to watersheds has a great influence on NANI computation for catchments in the Lake Dianchi basin, and that estimates of NANI between the two methods have an average difference of 30% on a catchment basis, while a smaller difference (15%) was observed on the whole Lake Dianchi basin basis. The riverine N export has a stronger linear relationship with NANI computed by the land use-weighting method, which we believe is more reliable. Overall, nitrogen inputs assessed by the NANI approach for the Lake Dianchi basin are 9900 kg N km-2 yr-1, ranging from 6600 to 28 000 kg N km-2 yr-1 among the 15 catchments. Synthetic N fertilizer is the largest component of NANI in most subwatersheds. On average, riverine flux of nitrogen in catchments of the Lake Dianchi basin averages 83% of NANI, far higher than generally observed in North America and Europe. Saturated N sinks and a limited capacity for denitrification in rivers may be responsible for this high percentage of riverine N export. Overall, the NANI methodology should be applicable in small watersheds when sufficiently detailed data are available to estimate its components.

  7. Groundwater Response to Precipitation Variations and Increased Abstraction Rates in the Nasia Sub-catchment, Ghana

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    Oteng, F. M.; Alo, C. A.; Yidana, S. M.

    2014-12-01

    There is growing concern about the sustainable use of groundwater owing to changing climatic patterns and human activities. In this study, a calibrated transient groundwater flow model for the semiarid Nasia sub-catchment of the White Volta basin in Northern Ghana is used to assess the impacts of precipitation variations and increased abstraction rates on groundwater for the period 2012-2050. The climate forcing for the future projections is derived from bias-corrected output from multiple Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 5 (CMIP5) climate models. The spatial and temporal variations in groundwater recharge over the calibration period are presented in this study. Details of the hydraulic properties of the aquifer system, the transient recharge and the responses of the system to the scenarios of changing recharge and increasing abstraction rates are also presented. The model provides initial basis for assessing the impacts of climate change/variability on groundwater resources fortunes in parts of the White Volta basin.

  8. Quantifying the performance of two conceptual models for snow dominated catchments in Austria and Turkey

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    Sensoy, Aynur; Parajka, Juraj; Coskun, Cihan; Sorman, Arda; Ertas, Cansaran

    2014-05-01

    In many mountainous regions, snowmelt makes significant contribution to streamflow, particularly during spring and summer months. Understanding the magnitude and timing of this contribution and hydrological forecasts are essential for a range of purposes concerning the implications with water resources management. Conceptual hydrological models have been widely applied for mountain catchments both for operational and scientific applications. Hydrologiska Byran Vattenbalansavdelning (HBV) and Snowmelt Runoff Model (SRM) are selected in this study as the commonly used conceptual models in hydrological modeling forecasting for a number of basins in several countries. Moreover, this selection is also supported by the experiences on the improvement and application in remote sensing techniques in snow dominated regions. The greatest similarity between the two models is that each uses a temperature index method to predict melt rate whereas the greatest difference lies in the way snow cover is handled. In mountainous regions, data limitations prevent detailed understanding of the variability of snow cover and melt. In situ snowpack measurements are sparsely distributed relative to snowpack heterogeneity therefore, to supplement ground measurements; remotely sensed images of snow covered area (SCA) provide useful information for runoff prediction during the snowmelt season. SCA has been used as a direct input to SRM and as a means of checking the internal validity for HBV model. Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) daily snow cover products with 500 m spatial resolution are used to derive SCA data in this study. A number of studies have been reported in the literature indicated that the model performance can vary depending on several factors, including the scale and characteristics of the catchment, availability of the data required and runoff producing mechanism. Therefore, five different catchments including data scare and rich basins, areas and reliefs changing in between 1000-10250 km2and 1250-3050 m, respectively, in Austria and Turkey are tested to understand the impact of catchment properties on model simulations. Both models are used to simulate runoff for the years 2001-2010 with the period of 2001-2008 and 2009-2011 for model calibration and validation, respectively. The overall model calibration performance evaluated with the model efficiency is above 0.70 and volume difference less than 10% for both of the models. Discussion of results are supervised to reflect the general debates in hydrologic modeling in terms of parameters and calibration, internal validation, the value and limitations of using satellite derived data, impact of different catchment properties with emphasis on the contrasting treatments in two widely used hydrologic models, SRM and HBV.

  9. Modeling pesticide transfer during flood events in an agricultural catchment using the SWAT model

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    Boithias, Laurie; Taghavi, Lobat; Oeurng, Chantha; Polard, Thierry; Ferrant, Sylvain; Jean, Séverine; Probst, Jean-Luc; Merlina, Georges; Sauvage, Sabine; Sánchez-Pérez, José-Miguel

    2010-05-01

    Pesticide monitoring, understanding of pesticide fate and pollution quantification have become major concerns in Europe since the introduction of the Water Framework Directive in 2000. Pesticides can be transported from agricultural catchments to stream networks in either the soluble or particulate phase, depending on their physicochemical properties (solubility, partition coefficient). Quick flood events therefore have a major impact on molecule transport. This study - part of the EU AguaFlash project (http://www.aguaflash-sudoe.eu/) - examined pesticide load dynamics in both the soluble and particulate phases and attempted to quantify their fluxes from various contributing compartments (surface runoff and subsurface and groundwater flows). The hydrological and water quality model SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool, 2005 version) was tested at daily time step to assess the fate and transport of two pesticides with a wide range of solubility (Trifluralin and Metolachlor). SWAT was applied on an 1100 km² agricultural catchment (Save catchment, South-west France). The model was calibrated on discharge, suspended sediment, nitrate and pesticide data collected at the catchment outlet from March 2008 to March 2009, with weekly measurements during base flow and daily during flood events. Agricultural management practices (crop rotation, planting date, fertilizers and pesticide application) were entered into the model in a dominant simplifying land use approach (one rotation by sub-basin, same management operation dates throughout the catchment). Calibration for discharge fluctuations and suspended sediment and nitrate concentration variations was satisfactory. SWAT was able to accurately reproduce observed pesticide concentrations during base flows and peaks during flood events, despite the ‘dominant land use' approximation being used and management practices inputs being averaged for the whole catchment. During the simulation period, simulated preferred pathway for pesticide transport from land area to stream network was surface runoff. In surface runoff, Trifluralin was mainly transferred in the particulate phase, while Metolachlor was mainly transferred in the dissolved phase. Flood events were responsible of most of pesticide transfer. In this case, both the Trifluralin and the Metolachlor were mainly transferred in the dissolved phase. These results are consistent with pesticides loads observed during flood flushes.

  10. Attributes for NHDPlus Catchments (Version 1.1)for the Conterminous United States: Contact Time, 2002

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This data set represents the average contact time, in units of days, compiled for every catchment of NHDPlus for the conterminous United States. Contact time, as described in Wolock and others (1989), is the baseflow residence time in the subsurface. The source data set was the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) 1-kilometer grid for the conterminous United States (D.M. Wolock, U.S. Geological Survey, written commun., 2008). The grid was created using a method described by Wolock and others (1997a; see equation 3). In the source data set, the contact time was estimated from 1-kilometer resolution elevation data (Verdin and Greenlee, 1996 ) and STATSGO soil characteristics (Wolock, 1997b). The NHDPlus Version 1.1 is an integrated suite of application-ready geospatial datasets that incorporates many of the best features of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and the National Elevation Dataset (NED). The NHDPlus includes a stream network (based on the 1:100,00-scale NHD), improved networking, naming, and value-added attributes (VAAs). NHDPlus also includes elevation-derived catchments (drainage areas) produced using a drainage enforcement technique first widely used in New England, and thus referred to as "the New England Method." This technique involves "burning in" the 1:100,000-scale NHD and when available building "walls" using the National Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD). The resulting modified digital elevation model (HydroDEM) is used to produce hydrologic derivatives that agree with the NHD and WBD. Over the past two years, an interdisciplinary team from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and contractors, found that this method produces the best quality NHD catchments using an automated process (USEPA, 2007). The NHDPlus dataset is organized by 18 Production Units that cover the conterminous United States. The NHDPlus version 1.1 data are grouped by the U.S. Geologic Survey's Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). MRB1, covering the New England and Mid-Atlantic River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 1 and 2. MRB2, covering the South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 3 and 6. MRB3, covering the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 4, 5, 7 and 9. MRB4, covering the Missouri River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 10-lower and 10-upper. MRB5, covering the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 8, 11 and 12. MRB6, covering the Rio Grande, Colorado and Great Basin River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 13, 14, 15 and 16. MRB7, covering the Pacific Northwest River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 17. MRB8, covering California River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 18.

  11. Relative impact of topography and soil characteristics on the modelling of hydrological patterns in the Upper Ouémé catchment (North Benin)

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    Richard, Aloïs; Galle, Sylvie; Peugeot, Christophe; Zin, Isabella

    2013-04-01

    Topography is often a dominant control on hydrological, geomorphological and biological processes within a catchment. Topographic indexes calculated from parameters such as the upslope drained area and the local slope are generally used as measures of hydrological similarity between different locations, thus as indirect measures of the spatial variability of these processes. Soil characteristics such as the hydraulic transmissivity can also be taken into account, as proposed by Beven (1997), but they are commonly neglected because of the general lacking of any information about their spatial pattern. Now, a bias in modelling and predicting hydrological features (notably, the soil water content) can be induced by this approximation, especially where or when the ranges of soil properties vary more significantly than the altitude range, as in the considered catchment: the Upper Ouémé basin (15 000 km², 230-620 m a.s.l.), in Northern Benin. In the framework of the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (AMMA) program, a field campaign has been achieved for characterising the hydraulic properties of upper soils and their spatial variability over the whole catchment, according to land use and pedology. Different simulations have been performed, with or without taking into account the transmissivity map, by using TopAMMA, a model based on topographic indexes as TOPMODEL and adapted to the Sudanian region (Le Lay et al., 2008). We will show how the transmissivity pattern impacts the discharge simulations, as well as the simulation of the spatial extent of saturated areas and the changes in catchment wetness over time and space.

  12. A general protocol for restoration of entire river catchments

    SciTech Connect

    Stanford, J.A.; Frissell, C.A. [Univ. of Montana, Polson, MT (United States). Flathead Lake Biological Station; Ward, J.V. [EAWAG/ETH, Dubendorf (Switzerland). Dept. of Limnology; Liss, W.J. [Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States). Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife; Coutant, C.C. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Williams, R.N.; Lichatowich, J.A.

    1996-05-28

    Large catchment basins may be viewed as ecosystems with interactive natural and cultural attributes. Stream regulation severs ecological connectivity between channels and flood plains by reducing the range of natural flow and temperature variation, reduces the capacity of the ecosystem to sustain native biodiversity and bioproduction and promotes proliferation of non-native biota. However, regulated rivers regain normative attributes, which promote recovery of native biota, as distance from the dam increases and in relation to the mode of regulation. Therefore, reregulation of flow and temperature to normative pattern, coupled with elimination of pollutants and constrainment of nonnative biota, can naturally restore damaged habitats from headwaters to mouth. The expectation is rapid recovery of depressed populations of native species. The protocol requires: restoration of seasonal temperature patterns; restoration of peak flows needed to reconnect and periodically reconfigure channel and floodplain habitats; stabilization of base flows to revitalize the shallow water habitats; maximization of dam passage to allow restoration of metapopulation structure; change in the management belief system to rely on natural habitat restoration as opposed to artificial propagation, installation of artificial instream structures (river engineering) and artificial food web control; and, practice of adaptive ecosystem management.

  13. Andean Basins Morphometry: Assesing South American Large Rivers' Source Areas

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    Bean, R. A.; Latrubesse, E. M.

    2014-12-01

    Presently there are no regional-scale morphometric analyses of Andean fluvial basins. Therefore, we created a continental-scale database of these basins. Our data covers over an area 1,000,000 km2 of the Andes, from Venezuela to Argentina. These basins are the source of some of the largest rivers in the world including the Amazon, Orinoco, Parana, and Magdalena. Morphometric parameters including shape factor, relief ratio, longitudinal profiles and different indices of basin elevation were calculated based on the CGIAR SRTM 4.1 DEM (~90 m resolution). FAO Hydrosheds were used to segment the DEM by major catchment and then manually cut at the Andean zone. In the North and Central Andes, this produced over 500,000 subcatchments, which we reduced to 619 by setting minimum catchment area to 100 km2. We then integrate lithologic data from DNPM geologic data. Our results indicate that sedimentary lithologies dominate Central Andean catchments (n=268,k=4), which cover an area 767,00 km2, while the Northern Andean catchments (covering 350,000 km2) are more varied, dominated by volcanics in the Pacific (n=78), a sedimentary (48%) dominant mix in the Caribbean (n=138) and 60% sedimentary in the Amazon-Orinoco subregion catchments (n=138). Elevation averages are smallest in the north Andes and average maximum elevations (6,026 m) in the Argentinian catchments (n=65) of the Central Andes are the highest. Shape factors range from 0.49 to 0.58 in the North and 0.52 to 0.58 in the Central Andes. There are clear differences in all categories between region and subregion, but that difference does not hinge on a single morphometric or geologic parameter. Morphometric parameters at a watershed scale (listed in Table) are analyzed and hydrologic data from gauging stations throughout the Andes (n=100) are used to compare morphometric parameters with lithology and characteristics from the basin hydrograph (peak discharge timing, minimum and maximum discharge, and runoff).

  14. Development and evaluation of a new catchment-scale model of floodplain sedimentation

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    Nicholas, A. P.; Walling, D. E.; Sweet, R. J.; Fang, X.

    2006-10-01

    Fine-sediment storage within floodplain systems typically represents a significant component of the catchment sediment budget and a primary control on sediment-associated nutrient and contaminant fluxes at the basin scale. However, quantitative modeling of floodplain sedimentation within whole catchments represents a significant challenge, not least because hydraulic controls on sediment transport and deposition processes operate at fine spatial scales that cannot be resolved by basin-scale models. This paper outlines a new approach to addressing this problem in order to develop a computationally efficient model of floodplain sedimentation, which retains a strong physical basis. The approach involves two stages. First, a simple theoretical model of overbank sedimentation is presented, which quantifies the relationship between floodplain geometry, overbank discharge, and total sedimentation rate. Second, the precise form that such a relationship should take is established by analysis of the output from high-resolution flow and suspended sediment transport models applied to 22 floodplain reaches along three U.K. rivers. This analysis supports a simple power law model between discharge in excess of bankfull and sedimentation rate per unit valley floor length per unit sediment concentration. The power law model is then incorporated within a sediment budget framework and implemented using a Monte Carlo approach to allow an assessment of uncertainty in the model parameterization. The relative likelihood of competing model structures is determined using estimates of mean annual floodplain sediment storage derived by analysis of the 137Cs content of floodplain sediment cores. Comparison of 137Cs-derived sedimentation rates with uncertainty-bounded model predictions highlights the potential for assessing the significance of overbank sedimentation within catchment sediment budgets using the simple power law model.

  15. Water stable isotopes quantify water balances on river basins and water mixing in a karst area

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    Barth, J. A. C.; Schulte, P.; Karim, A.; Schwarz, K.; Postigo-Rebollo, C.

    2009-04-01

    The stable isotopic composition of water remains unaltered by transpiration, but usually changes due to evaporation. If water isotope measurements of precipitation input to catchments and outflow exist over time periods of at least one hydrological year, biological water fluxes (i.e. transpiration and interception) can be separated from evaporation over large areas. For instance, when compared as percentages, case studies of the Great Lakes basin revealed much stronger evaporative loss (23 % of the incoming precipitation) than the Clyde River basin in Scotland (1.3 % of the incoming precipitation). This difference is due to the much larger area covered by open water in the Great Lakes basin (i.e. 30 % of the entire catchment). Surprisingly, despite a proportionally smaller land area, plant transpiration and interception were also larger in the Great Lakes basin (47 % of incoming precipitation) when compared to the Clyde River basin (24 % of incoming precipitation). This difference was most likely controlled by plant coverage that was dominated by trees in the Great Lakes area compared to the prevalence of grassland in the Clyde Basin. In contrast, water isotope studies of a karst catchment in Southern Germany revealed almost identical weighted average 18O isotope values of the incoming precipitation and the catchment runoff (e.g., the Blautopf Spring in the Swabian Alb). This suggests negligible evaporative loss of the incoming water in this catchment that has cave systems but hardly any open surface water area. Furthermore, 18O isotope values of cave drip waters were found to be almost identical to the weighted average of the precipitation. This indicates that seasonal variations in the incoming precipitation were already homogenized in the unsaturated zone of the karst system. The mixing also shows that fast conduit systems such as subsurface cave streams play a minor role in influencing the overall isotopic composition of the Blautopf Spring.

  16. Catchment Engineering: A New Paradigm in Water Management

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    Quinn, P. F.; Burke, S.; O'Donnell, G. M.; Wilkinson, M.; Jonczyk, J.; Barber, N.; Nicholson, A.; Proactive Team

    2011-12-01

    Recent catchment initiatives have highlighted the need for new holistic approaches to sustainable water management. Here, a catchment engineering approach seeks to describe catchment 'function' (or role) as the principal driver for evaluating how it should be managed in the future. Catchment engineering does not seek to re-establish a natural system but seeks to work with natural processes in order to engineer landscapes so that multiple benefits accrue. This approach involves quantifying and assessing catchment change and impacts but most importantly suggests an urgent and proactive agenda for future planning. In particular, an interventionist approach to managing hydrological flow pathways across scale is proposed. It is already accepted that future management will require a range of scientific expertise and full engagement with stakeholders, namely the general public and policy makers. This inclusive concept under a catchment engineering agenda forces any consortia to commit to actively changing and perturbing the catchment system and thus learn, in situ, how to manage the environment for collective benefits. The shared cost, the design, the implementation, the evaluation and any subsequent modifications should involve all relevant parties in the consortia. This joint ownership of a 'hands on' interventionist agenda to catchment change is at the core of catchment engineering. In this paper we show a range of catchment engineering projects from the UK that have addressed multi-disciplinary approaches to flooding, pollution and ecosystem management whilst maintaining economic food production. Local scale demonstration activities, led by local champions, have proven to be an effective means of encouraging wider uptake. Catchment engineering is a concept that relies on all relevant parties within a catchment to take responsibility for the water quantity and quality that arises from the catchment. Further, any holistic solution requires a bottom up, problem solving agenda which is facilitated by policy makers and is underpinned by scientific knowledge.

  17. Reconnaissance de la structure géologique du bassin de saïss occidental, Maroc, par sondages électriquesPreliminary survey of the structure and hydrogeology of the western Saiss Basin, Morocco, using electrical resistivity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Essahlaoui, A.; Sahbi, H.; Bahi, L.; El-Yamine, N.

    2001-05-01

    A geophysical study, based on 96 electrical resistivity measurements with a line length up to 4 km, was performed in the southern and southwestern parts of the Meknes Plateau, Morocco, which is a part of the Saiss Basin, located between the Rif Range to the north and the Middle Atlas Range to the south. This basin, whose maximum depth is ˜ 1.5 km in the north, is filled with Triassic to Quaternary deposits overlying the Palæozoic basement and includes two main aquifers. The interpretation of the resistivity measurements, calibrated from deep boreholes, made it possible to obtain a new hydrogeological model for the Saiss Basin. The understanding of the basin structure is of primary importance for the water supply of this area, which has been affected by severe droughts in recent years.

  18. Groundwater salt accessions to land in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin, Australia

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Biggs, Andrew J. W.

    2011-05-01

    Salt accessions from artesian and sub-artesian bores have been calculated for the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin (QMDB), Australia, using available water chemistry, licensing data and a number of assumptions. The majority (~90%) of the salt accessions come from sub-artesian bores used for irrigation (including intensive livestock) purposes. Historically, free-flowing artesian bores in the west of the basin have contributed large quantities of salt, but their contributions have declined with capping and piping of these bores. The highest salt yields (t/km2) are in the Condamine catchment, which also contains 70% of the bores in the region. Groundwater salt accessions are considerably less than atmospheric (rainfall) accessions in all catchments except the Condamine. Further expansion of the coal seam gas industry may substantially increase non-cyclic groundwater accessions, further reducing catchment salt export/import ratios.

  19. Assessment of catchment scale connectivity in different catchments using measured suspended sediment output

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Masselink, Rens; Keesstra, Saskia; Seeger, Manuel

    2014-05-01

    Recent developments in hydrology and geomorphology include the connectivity principle, which describes how different elements in a landscape are connected and how water and matter moves between these elements. So far, studies on connectivity have been mainly of a conceptual nature and have been done on a small scale, while studies that map, quantitatively establish relations, and model water and sediment transport in connectivity are rare. In this study we established a relation between change in connectivity within four catchments and the time of year by using suspended sediment data. The data were collected for four catchments in Navarra, Spain of which two catchments are dominated by forest and pasture, while the other two catchments are dominated by agriculture and have no forest. Data were collected during a 13 year period; 4 samples were taken a day at 6 hour intervals which were mixed to obtain a daily average suspended sediment concentration. This was then converted into daily suspended sediment output using the measured total daily discharge. The effect of precipitation on the sediment output data was minimized by using an antecedent precipitation index (API), which consists of the precipitation of the current day added by the precipitation of the previous 14 days, where the influence of the previous days decays exponentially with time. The daily total suspended sediment output was divided by the API, to obtain a measure for sediment output independent of precipitation. This sediment output then serves as a measure for the connectivity within the catchment. The connectivity of the four catchments throughout the years will be compared to each other and we hypothesise that the two catchments dominated by forests and pastures will change only slightly throughout the year, whereas we expect to see large differences in connectivity in the two agricultural catchments. The agricultural catchments are likely to display a highly varying connectivity throughout the seasons due to changes in vegetation cover of the fields throughout the year, whereas daily variations will likely be small due to a slowly changing connectivity.

  20. Origin and distribution of biomarkers in the sulphur rich Utrillas coal basin – Teruel mining district – Spain

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. A. Olivella; R. Gorchs; F. X. C. de las Heras

    2006-01-01

    The Utrillas coal facies are located in the Maestrazgo basin in NE Spain. This mining district of Teruel contains sub-bituminous deposits from the Middle Albian (Lower Cretaceous 105Ma) in areas near a delta estuary with abundant sulphur. The high sulphur content is due to an influx of sulphate caused by the geological recycling of Triassic gypsum from the catchment area

  1. Metaphor in Natural Resource Gaming: Insights from the RIVER BASIN GAME

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    Lankford, Bruce; Watson, Drennan

    2007-01-01

    The RIVER BASIN GAME is a dialogue tool for decision makers and water users tested in Tanzania and Nigeria. It comprises a physical representation of a river catchment. A central channel flows between an upper watershed and a downstream wetland and has on it several intakes into irrigation systems. Glass marbles, representing water, roll down the…

  2. Application of the SWAT model on the Medjerda river basin (Tunisia)

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    F. Bouraoui; S. Benabdallah; A. Jrad; G. Bidoglio

    2005-01-01

    The Medjerda river basin (Northern Tunisia) is experiencing an intensification of agriculture and the irrigated area is increasing rapidly. The SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) model, a soil, water, sediment, and nutrient transformation and fate simulator for agricultural watersheds, was applied to this catchment to study the potential impact of land management scenarios. The model was able to represent

  3. Ecological rehabilitation of the lowland basin of the river Rhine (NW Europe)

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    P. H. Nienhuis; A. D. Buijse; R. S. E. W. Leuven; A. J. M. Smits; R. J. W. de Nooij; E. M. Samborska

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, the status of ecological rehabilitation of the Dutch lowland basin of the river Rhine has been reviewed. The historical perspective, mainly with regard to river regulation measures in the past, is given. The lower river Rhine comprises a man-dominated, strongly regulated catchment, polluted water and sediments, and annihilated and deteriorated ecosystems. During the past 25 years, the

  4. Land use control of nitrate export behavior across catchments

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    Musolff, Andreas; Schmidt, Christian; Selle, Benny; Fleckenstein, Jan H.

    2014-05-01

    Nutrient exports from catchments and their temporal and spatial variability significantly affect downstream water quality and ecosystem health. There is hence a need to better understand and classify catchment nutrient export dynamics in order to reproduce catchment functions (such as nutrient mobilization and retention) and predict the response of these functions to changing boundary conditions. However, the complexity of catchment structure and the multitude of the processes involved challenge this objective. One approach to meet this challenge is a top-down, data-driven analysis of integrated catchment responses, such as discharge and solute concentration time series. For top-down analysis, different catchments are compared to identify key variables governing catchment response. We conducted a multi-catchment study applying top-down methods to analyze nitrate concentration and discharge time series from streams draining nine catchments in central Germany. The studied catchments, ranging from "pristine" mountains to agriculturally-managed lowlands, span gradients in land use, geology, and climatic conditions. We hypothesized that land use type is the main control on stream nitrate concentrations and catchment export behaviour, with more chemostatic export behaviour occurring in catchments with higher percentages of agricultural land use due to the presence of large nitrate stocks that effectively function as an unlimited nitrate storage. Consistent with this hypothesis we found that median nitrate concentrations were positively correlated with the percentage of agricultural land use in the different catchments despite differences in catchment climatic and geological conditions. Magnitude and direction of concentration-discharge relationship was evaluated using the slope b of the linear regression of log nitrate concentrations vs. log discharge as a metric for export behaviour. All catchments exhibited a positive slope b indicating concentrations increase with increasing discharge. The slope b was positively correlated with the percentage of agricultural land being artificially drained, which suggested that a higher share of drained agricultural land within the catchments results in a more dynamic export behaviour. Thus, a high percentage of agricultural land use, and subsequent higher nitrate input and storage, does not necessarily lead to chemostatic export conditions. While median concentrations were a function of agricultural land use, concentration dynamics and export behaviour were controlled by the presence of artificial drainage as the dominant input pathway of nitrate to surface waters. These results illustrate that it is feasible to use a multi-catchment top-down analysis to evaluate both dominant controls of nutrient export and the importance of land management on nutrient dynamics in the receiving surface waters.

  5. Precipitation in the Black Volta Basin of Western Africa

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    Oppong Kwakye, Stephen

    2015-04-01

    Precipitation is a climate variable that influences the hydrology and water resources of an area. The Black Volta basin in West Africa is a "fast developing" catchment which recently has the Bui Dam in Ghana with an installed capacity of about 400MW of power. The basin covers an area of about 150,000 km2 and spans from 7°N to 15°N and 5° 24`W to 1°W. For any hydrological or climate model, one has to know the spatial and or temporal trend of this important variable (i.e Precipitation). Again, with the impact of climate changes on hydrology, a deeper understanding of the Precipitation in an area is extremely justified. In this study, the annual rainfall cycles, annual sums of rainfall as well as what influences precipitation in the Black Volta Basin are investigated. Precipitation time series for about 20 stations ranging from 1961 to 2005 was used. At the end, the spatial interpolation method called Kriging is used to regionalize rainfall in the catchment and maps of long-term monthly and annual rainfall mean was produced. The results depict the different climates in the catchment which ranges from a sub-humid climate in the south to a semi-arid climate in the north of the basin. There is also a bi-modal annual rainfall cycle at the south of the catchment and a uni-modal cycle towards the north of the basin. The precipitation has a decreasing gradient towards the north of the basin which is all in consonant with previous studies and results by other researchers. A correlation analysis was performed on what influences precipitation in the catchment and at the end, it was revealed that the distances of the rain gauges from the coast influences precipitation and not the elevations. This knowledge was used as the external drift during the Kriging. These revelations would be very helpful during the set-up, calibration and validation of both hydrological and climate models.

  6. Estimation of total nitrogen and total phosphorus in streams of the Middle Columbia River Basin (Oregon, Washington, and Idaho) using SPARROW models, with emphasis on the Yakima River Basin, Washington

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    Johnson, Henry M.; Black, Robert W.; Wise, Daniel R.

    2013-01-01

    The watershed model SPARROW (Spatially Related Regressions on Watershed attributes) was used to predict total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) loads and yields for the Middle Columbia River Basin in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The new models build on recently published models for the entire Pacific Northwest, and provide revised load predictions for the arid interior of the region by restricting the modeling domain and recalibrating the models. Results from the new TN and TP models are provided for the entire region, and discussed with special emphasis on the Yakima River Basin, Washington. In most catchments of the Yakima River Basin, the TN and TP in streams is from natural sources, specifically nitrogen fixation in forests (TN) and weathering and erosion of geologic materials (TP). The natural nutrient sources are overshadowed by anthropogenic sources of TN and TP in highly agricultural and urbanized catchments; downstream of the city of Yakima, most of the load in the Yakima River is derived from anthropogenic sources. Yields of TN and TP from catchments with nearly uniform land use were compared with other yield values and export coefficients published in the scientific literature, and generally were in agreement. The median yield of TN was greatest in catchments dominated by agricultural land and smallest in catchments dominated by grass and scrub land. The median yield of TP was greatest in catchments dominated by forest land, but the largest yields (90th percentile) of TP were from agricultural catchments. As with TN, the smallest TP yields were from catchments dominated by grass and scrub land.

  7. Spectral parameterisation of rainfall-runoff models in ungauged basins

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    Castiglioni, S.; Montanari, A.; Castellarin, A.

    2009-04-01

    Parameter estimation of rainfall-runoff models in ungauged basins is a challenging task that is often dealt with in practical applications, given that hydrological observations are often sparse or unavailable in many countries of the world. This study focuses on calibrating an assigned rainfall-runoff model basing on its spectral properties. Spectral calibration offers the advantage of exploiting the persistence and variability behaviours of the river flow regime, which in turn can be effectively related to the dominant climate and catchment behaviours. In detail, we propose to estimate the spectral properties of the river flow regime depending on geomorphological and climatic descriptors of the contributing catchment, and calibrate the hydrological model by optimising the fit of the spectral properties themselves. The proposed techniques is applied to 13 basins located in central Italy, that were treated as ungauged. In particular, an extended analysis has been carried out to relate the spectral properties of river flow, resembled by the mean value, , variance, 2, and lag-one autocorrelation coefficient, ?1, of the river discharge series, to the geomorphological and climatic characteristics of the contributing catchment. An automatic optimisation is then used to identify the optimal set of model parameters, by minimising the weighed sum of the relative squared errors in the reproduction of , 2 and ?1. The results confirm the effectiveness of proposed methodology and show that the spectral properties of the river discharge contain important information about the hydrological regime of a given basin.

  8. Similarity and scale in catchment storm response

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    Wood, Eric F.; Sivapalan, Murugesu; Beven, Keith

    1993-01-01

    Until recently, very little progress had been made in understanding the relationship between small-scale variability of topography, soil, and rainfalls and the storm response seen at the catchment scale. The work reviewed here represents the first attempt at a systematic theoretical framework for such understanding in the context of surface runoff generation by different processes. The parameterization of hydrological processes over a range of scales is examined, and the concept of the 'representative elementary area' (REA) is introduced. The REA is a fundamental scale for catchment modeling at which continuum assumptions can be applied for the spatially variable controls and parameters, and spatial patterns no longer have to be considered explicitly. The investigation of scale leads into the concept of hydrologic similarity in which the effects of the environmental controls on runoff generation and flood frequency response be investigated independently of catchment scale. The paper reviews the authors' initial results and hopefully will motivate others to also investigate the issues of hydrologic scale and similarity.

  9. Parana basin

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    Zalan, P.V.; Wolff, S.; Conceicao, J.C.J.; Vieira, I.S.; Astolfi, M.A.; Appi, V.T.; Zanotto, O.; Neto, E.V.S.; Cerqueira, J.R.

    1987-05-01

    The Parana basin is a large intracratonic basin in South America, developed entirely on continental crust and filled with sedimentary and volcanic rocks ranging in age from Silurian to Cretaceous. It occupies the southern portion of Brazil (1,100,000 km/sup 2/ or 425,000 mi/sup 2/) and the eastern half of Paraguay (100,000 km/sup 2/ or 39,000 mi/sup 2/); its extension into Argentina and Uruguay is known as the Chaco-Parana basin. Five major depositional sequences (Silurian, Devonian, Permo-Carboniferous, Triassic, Juro-Cretaceous) constitute the stratigraphic framework of the basin. The first four are predominantly siliciclastic in nature, and the fifth contains the most voluminous basaltic lava flows of the planet. Maximum thicknesses are in the order of 6000 m (19,646 ft). The sequences are separated by basin wide unconformities related in the Paleozoic to Andean orogenic events and in the Mesozoic to the continental breakup and sea floor spreading between South America and Africa. The structural framework of the Parana basin consists of a remarkable pattern of criss-crossing linear features (faults, fault zones, arches) clustered into three major groups (N45/sup 0/-65/sup 0/W, N50/sup 0/-70/sup 0/E, E-W). The northwest- and northeast-trending faults are long-lived tectonic elements inherited from the Precambrian basement whose recurrent activity throughout the Phanerozoic strongly influenced sedimentation, facies distribution, and development of structures in the basin. Thermomechanical analyses indicate three main phases of subsidence (Silurian-Devonian, late Carboniferous-Permian, Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous) and low geothermal gradients until the beginning of the Late Jurassic Permian oil-prone source rocks attained maturation due to extra heat originated from Juro-Cretaceous igneous intrusions. The third phase of subsidence also coincided with strong tectonic reactivation and creation of a third structural trend (east-west).

  10. Selected Micropollutants as Indicators in a Karst Catchment

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    Zirlewagen, Johannes; Schiperski, Ferry; Hillebrand, Olav; Nödler, Karsten; Licha, Tobias; Scheytt, Traugott

    2015-04-01

    High flow dynamics and variations in water quality are typical for karst springs and reflect the complex interaction of different flow and storage components within a karst system. Event-based monitoring of mobile micropollutants in spring water combined with information on their input is used (1) to quantify the impact of certain contamination scenarios on spring water quality and (2) to gain additional information on the intrinsic characteristics of a karst system. We employ the artificial sweeteners acesulfame and cyclamate as source specific indicators for sewage along with the herbicides atrazine and isoproturon for agriculture. The study site is the 45 km² rural catchment of the perennial karst spring Gallusquelle in SW-Germany (mean discharge: 0.5 m³/s). Overflow events of a stormwater detention basin (SDB, combined sewer system) are known to impact water quality. Most of the sewer system is situated in the SW of the catchment. Most agricultural land is found in the NE. Neither atrazine nor significant amounts of isoproturon were detected in wastewater. Concentrations and mass fluxes of acesulfame and cyclamate in wastewater were determined. The combined evaluation of the persistent compound acesulfame with the rather degradable cyclamate allows for the distinction of long and short transit times and thus slow and fast flow components. The same applies for atrazine (persistent) and isoproturon (degradable). In Germany, acesulfame was licensed in 1990, atrazine was banned shortly after, in 1991. During low flow conditions only atrazine (max. 4 ng/L) and acesulfame (max. 20 ng/L) were detected in spring water. After a recharge event without SDB overflow concentrations as well as mass fluxes of both compounds decreased, reflecting an increasing portion of event water in spring discharge. A breakthrough of isoproturon (max. 9 ng/L) indicated the arrival of water from croplands. After a recharge event accompanied by a SDB overflow cyclamate was detected at max. 28 ng/L. Simultaneously, acesulfame concentrations show superposition of background dilution (old component) and a breakthrough (fresh component, max. 22 ng/L). 1-D-transport-modelling of the cyclamate breakthrough revealed results that are in good agreement with the results of other studies. Analyses of micropollutants might become very sensitive tools in karst hydrogeology where natural background concentrations and signal dampening are limiting factors for conventional investigation methods.

  11. Quantification of fluvial bedload transport in glacier-connected steep mountain catchments in western Norway

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    Beylich, Achim A.; Laute, Katja

    2015-04-01

    Contemporary fluvial bedload transport rates are still very difficult to measure and, as a result of this, in many sites only quantitative data on fluvial suspended and solute transport are included in sediment budget studies carried out for defined drainage basin systems. During the years 2010-2013 detailed field measurements with portable impact sensors as a non-invasive technique for indirectly determining fluvial bedload transport intensity were conducted in two instrumented drainage basin systems (Erdalen and Bødalen) in the fjord landscape in western Norway. The collected impact sensor field data were calibrated with laboratory flume experiments, and the data from the impact sensor field measurements and the flume experiments were combined with field data from continuous discharge monitoring, repeated surveys of channel morphometry and sediment texture, particle tracer measurements, Helley-Smith samplings, underwater video filming and biofilm analyses. The combination of methods and techniques applied provides insights into the temporal variability and intensity of fluvial bedload transport in the selected mountain streams of both drainage basin systems. The conducted analysis of fluvial bedload dynamics in different defined subsystems of Erdalen (79.5 km2) and Bødalen (60.1 km2) provides information on (i) detectable relevant sediment sources, (ii) instream channel storage of bedload material, (iii) spatiotemporal variability and controls of bedload transport rates and bedload yields, and (iv) the absolute and relative importance of fluvial bedload transport within the sedimentary budgets of these steep cold climate mountain catchments. Rockfalls, snow avalanches, stream channel bank erosion, and fluvial transfers through small tributaries draining slope systems are relevant sediment sources for fluvial bedload transport in the main stream channels, whereas the main outlet glaciers in both catchment systems are not of importance as all bedload material delivered directly from these outlet glaciers is trapped within proglacial lakes. Snow avalanches are the most important sediment source in Erdalen, whereas fluvial transfers through small tributaries followed by snow avalanches are most important in Bødalen. Narrow valleys within both drainage basin systems are characterized by a higher intensity of slope-channel coupling and display higher rates of sediment supply from slopes into main stream channels than wider valleys. Longer-term, instream channel storage is not of great importance in the steep Bødalen catchment but currently plays an important role within the Erdalen drainage basin, which is characterized by a stepped longitudinal main valley bottom profile favoring deposition of bedload material within the less steep main channel reaches. The computed mean annual bedload yields (2010-2013) are 2.4 t km-2y-1 for the entire Erdalen and 13.3 t km-2y-1 for the entire Bødalen, which are comparably low values for steep and partly glacierized catchment systems. Because of supply-limited conditions, the intensity of fluvial bedload transport is generally more related to the availability of sediments than to channel discharge. Fluvial bedload transport accounts for about one-third of the total fluvial transport in both drainage basin systems.

  12. Variability of suspended sediment yields within the Loire river basin (France)

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    Gay, A.; Cerdan, O.; Delmas, M.; Desmet, M.

    2014-11-01

    Suspended sediment fluxes and their variability in time and space have received much attention over the past decades. Large databases compiling suspended sediment load (SL) data are often used to serve these purposes. Analyses of these databases have highlighted the following two major limitations: (i) the role of lowland areas in sediment production and transfer has been minimised, and studies on small-scale catchments (with a drainage area of ?102 km2) are practically non-existent in the literature; and (ii) inhomogeneous data and calculation methods are used to estimate and compare the SL values. In this context, the present study aims to complete the existing studies by providing a reliable comparison of SL values for various catchments within lowland river basins. Therefore, we focused on the Loire and Brittany river basins (France). 111 small to large catchments covering 78% of this area and representative of the basins landscape diversity were chosen. We first present a large database of area-specific suspended sediment yields (SY) calculated from the suspended sediment concentration and flow discharge data over 7-40 yr of measurements at gauging stations. Two calculation methods are used, and the calculated loads are confined within a factor of 0.60-1.65 of the real values. Second, we analyse the temporal and spatial variability of the calculated SY values. Finally, using a nested catchment approach, we provide insight into sediment transport from upstream to downstream gauging stations and into the role of small- and medium- scale catchments in sediment production and transfers. The SL values at the outlet of the catchments range from 2.5 * 102 to 8.6 * 105 t yr-1, and the SY values range from 2.9 to 32.4 t km-2 yr-1. A comparison with the limited values available in the literature for this region corroborates our estimations. Sediment exports from the Loire and Brittany river basins are very low compared with mountainous regions and European exports. However, a strong spatial variability within this territory exists. The expected results on the SY spatial pattern distribution and the correlation between SY values and basin sizes are not observed. An analysis of the SY values at different time steps shows a strong effect of the seasonal availability of detached particles to be transported with a high concentration of suspended sediments during the winter and lower values during the summer and autumn. Annual variations are also observed, with export values varying by a factor 2 to 10 between years for one catchment and the amplitude of the annual variations varying between catchments. The influence of rainfall in the sediment exports is predominant, but investigations on physical characteristics of each catchment (e.g., lithology, slope, land use) are required to better understand the production and transfer processes within a drainage basin. These annual variations imply that long-term data are required to provide mean SY values representative of the catchment functioning. From our calculations, 18 complete years of data are required to obtain a mean SY value with less than 10% of variation on average around the mean. From our results on nested catchments over a long-time scale (40 yr), it appears that most of the suspended sediment load entering the water system is transported downstream. Covariations of the annual-SY values are generally observed for two gauging stations located on the same river. The nested catchment approach is an interesting tool for the identification of active sediment sources within a large catchment and for the construction of detailed sediment budgets.

  13. Selecting fingerprint properties for discriminating potential suspended sediment sources in river basins

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    Collins, A. L.; Walling, D. E.

    2002-04-01

    The absence of guidelines for pre-selecting the most effective combination of properties for inclusion in a composite fingerprint represents a key methodological uncertainty hampering the wider adoption of the fingerprinting approach for identifying suspended sediment sources. This contribution reports a preliminary attempt to address this issue by testing the discrimination of potential sediment sources within a number of contrasting river basins in the UK and Africa, afforded by a range of sediment properties. Statistical analysis confirms that there is no single diagnostic property capable of discriminating the range of potential suspended sediment sources in the study basins. The use of composite fingerprints based on several constituents drawn from a single group of properties consistently improves sediment source discrimination. However, the level of discrimination afforded by a particular combination of properties is not consistent between the study catchments. Composite fingerprints incorporating constituents selected from several groups of properties using a stepwise statistical selection procedure consistently provide the most robust discrimination of potential sediment sources. Whilst it is not possible to identify a universally applicable optimum composite fingerprint, the results suggest that at present, the most effective means of optimising sediment source discrimination is to identify a number of groups of properties for subsequent use in the establishment of a composite fingerprint. More specifically, this study suggests that measurements of a combination of acid and pyrophosphate-dithionite extractable metals, base cations and organic constituents should provide an effective basis for establishing composite fingerprints for discriminating individual sediment source types. Radiometric properties can also provide useful information for improving sediment source discrimination. The final choice of the groups of properties will necessarily reflect the laboratory facilities available.

  14. Contextualising impacts of logging on tropical rainforest catchment sediment dynamics using the stratigraphic record of in-channel bench deposits

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    Blake, Will; Walsh, Rory; Bidin, Kawi; Annammala, Kogila

    2015-04-01

    It is widely recognised that commercial logging and conversion of tropical rainforest to oil palm plantation leads to enhanced fluvial sediment flux to the coastal zone but the dynamics of delivery and mechanisms that act to retain sediment and nutrients within rainforest ecosystems, e.g. riparian zone and floodplain storage, are poorly understood and underexploited as a management tool. While accretion of lateral in-channel bench deposits in response to forest clearance has been demonstrated in temperate landscapes, their development and value as sedimentary archives of catchment response to human disturbance remains largely unexplored in tropical rainforest river systems. Working within the Segama River basin, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, this study aimed to test the hypothesis that (1) lateral bench development in tropical rainforest rivers systems is enhanced by upstream catchment disturbance and that (2) the sedimentary record of these deposits can be used to infer changes in sediment provenance and intensification of sediment flux associated with logging activities. Sediment cores were taken from in-channel bench deposits with upstream catchment contributing areas of 721 km2 and 2800 km2 respectively. Accretion rates were determined using fallout 210Pb and 137Cs and the timing of peak accumulation was shown to correspond exactly with the known temporal pattern of logging and associated fluvial sediment response over the period 1980 to present following low pre-logging rates. Major and minor element geochemistry of deposits was used to assess the degree of weathering that deposited sediment had experienced. This was linked to surface (heavily weathered) and subsurface (less weathered) sediment sources relating to initial disturbance by logging and post-logging landsliding responses respectively. A shift in the dominant source of deposited material from surface (i.e. topsoil) to subsurface (i.e. relatively unweathered subsoil close to bedrock) origin was observed to coincide with the increase in accretion rates following logging of steep headwater slopes. Coherence of sedimentary, monitoring and observational evidence demonstrates that in-channel bench deposits offer a previously unexplored sedimentary archive of catchment response to logging in tropical rainforest systems and a tool for evaluating the erosional responses of ungauged basins. In-channel bench development due to catchment disturbance may augment ecosystem services provided by the riparian corridors of larger rivers and process knowledge gained from sedimentary archives can be used to underpin future riparian and catchment forest management strategies.

  15. Application of the SHE to catchments in India Part 2. Field experiments and simulation studies with the SHE on the Kolar subcatchment of the Narmada River

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    Jain, S. K.; Storm, B.; Bathurst, J. C.; Refsgaard, J. C.; Singh, R. D.

    1992-12-01

    The results of SHE modelling of the 820 km 2 Kolar catchment in Madhya Pradesh, Central India are presented. The data collection, the associated field investigations, the calibration and the modelling results are discussed along with the assessment of model parameters. Based on the experiences obtained in this study from modelling and field experiments, the necessity of fieldwork and the hydrological realism of the final model representation of the basin are discussed.

  16. Rainfall estimation using an optical and a microwave link in the Ardèche catchment.

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    Pietersen, Henk; Overeem, Aart; Leijnse, Hidde; Uijlenhoet, Remko

    2013-04-01

    The Mediterranean basin is considered to be one of the "hotspots" for climate change. One of the main factors in these changes is the availability and distribution of water, both in time and space. To gain more understanding about the hydrological cycle in the Mediterranean basin and to quantify the related processes, the HYdrological cycle in the Mediterranean EXperiment (HyMeX) was set up. This experiment focuses on inter-annual to decadal variability in the coupled Mediterranean system, running during the second decade of the 21st century. During this long experiment, special intensive observation periods are planned, of which the first passed during the autumn of 2012. Within the HyMeX framework, one working group pays special attention to (flash) floods and heavy rainfall. To investigate this, several (small) catchments were heavily instrumented during the first special observation period. We show the first results on rainfall estimation employing an optical link, a microwave link, and a disdrometer in the Ardèche catchment in the south of France for the first special observation period of HyMeX. Optical and microwave links can be employed to estimate path-averaged rain intensities along a transect of several kilometers, similar in length to the cross-section of a small catchment. The transmitted signal is attenuated by rain along the link path causing a decrease in received power at the end of the link. The attenuation of this signal has a power-law relation to the average rainfall intensity along the link. As a reference, the disdrometer is placed at one end of the link. Link-based rainfall intensities are compared to those based on disdrometer data. However, due to the nature of the observational technique (point measurement vs. average along a link) errors in representation may occur. The estimation of rainfall intensity from attenuation can be hampered by a number of factors. Principal among these are: moisture on the antennae that is perceived to be rainfall between the antennas (1), signal losses not related to rainfall (2) and errors in the determination of the baseline level, which should be representative of dry weather (3), leading to errors in the attenuation of the received signal and derived rainfall intensity. The influence of these three errors on the rainfall signal will be investigated for this particular set-up. Complimentary to the rainfall observations, the links can be used during dry periods to measure sensible and latent heat fluxes by applying the scintillation method. This means that both rainfall and evaporation can be observed along the link path, giving good estimates for the atmospheric components of the water balance on the size of a small catchment.

  17. Long-Term Water Quality Studies in a Eutrophic Lake Catchment: Slapton Ley, SW England

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    Burt, T. P.; Worrall, F.; Howden, N. J. K.

    2014-12-01

    Monitoring is the process by which we keep the behaviour of the environment in view, an essential way of discovering whether there are significant undesirable changes taking place. Long-term datasets reveal important patterns for scientists to explain and are essential for testing hypotheses undreamt of at the time monitoring scheme was set up. Many environmental processes take place over relatively long periods of time; very often, subtle processes are embedded within highly variable systems so that their weak signal cannot be extracted without a long record. Slapton Ley is a freshwater coastal lagoon in SW England. The Ley is part of a National Nature Reserve, wetland 116 ha in area which is divided into two basins: the Higher Ley (39 ha) is mainly reed swamp; the Lower Ley (77 ha) is open water. In the 1960s it became apparent that the Ley was becoming increasingly eutrophic. In order to gauge water, sediment and nutrient inputs into the lake, measurements began on the main catchments in late 1969. Continuous monitoring of discharge and a weekly water-sampling programme have been maintained by the Slapton Ley Field Centre ever since. The monitoring programme has been supplemented by a number of research projects which have sought to identify the salient hydrological processes operating within the Slapton catchments and to relate these to the delivery of sediment and solute to the stream system. The nitrate issue has been of particular interest at Slapton; although many longer series exist for large rivers like the Thames, the long record of nitrate data for the Slapton catchments is unique in Britain for small rural basins. Other issues to be explored will be the phosphorus legacy in lake sediments and a long-term decline in lake pH. The Slapton water quality record has confirmed that undesirable changes are taking place, revealed evidence of important patterns to be explained, allowed testing of new hypotheses (e.g. links with land-use change) and helped provide strategies for more successful management of the catchment area.

  18. Permian Basin

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    Donaldson, D.A.

    1981-12-01

    A description of the geology of the Permian Basin of the West Texas And Southeastern New Mexico was presented. Also, a brief history of the petroleum and natural gas drilling in the region was given. It was concluded that the New Mexico portion of the Permian Basin has the greatest potential for future fuel production. During 1980, there were 646 oil well completions, and 168 dry holes were recorded in southeast New Mexico. The average total depths of new wells completed was 4,901 feet for oil wells, 8,987 feet for gas wells, and 6,250 feet for dry holes.

  19. Seasonal Accumulation and Depletion of Localized Sediment Stores of Four Headwater Catchments in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California

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    Martin, S. E.; Conklin, M. H.; Bales, R. C.

    2012-12-01

    Seasonal turbidity patterns and event-level hysteresis analysis of turbidity verses discharge in four 1 km2 headwater catchments indicate localized in-channel sediment sources and a seasonal accumulation-depletion pattern of stream sediments. Our hypothesis is that during low-flow periods, sediment accumulates at the toe of banks and is entrained and transported downstream during high-flow events, with successive storm events depleting sediment stores. Turbidity signals were analyzed during fall rain events, early to mid-winter snow-melt events, spring snow-melt, and summer dry periods. Two catchments in the American River basin at approximately 1580 m elevation and two catchments in the Merced River basin at approximately 1760 meters elevation were used in this study. All study catchments are characterized by a Mediterranean climate with a distinct wet and dry season and are in the rain-snow transition zone, with snow making up roughly 40 to 60 percent of average annual precipitation. Turbidity events tend to be infrequent and of short duration in these basins. Seasonal patterns within the four catchments include more turbidity events associated with fall rainstorms and early to mid- winter melt events than associated with peak snow-melt. When multiple discharge events occurred in succession, the largest turbidity spike was often associated with the first event and not necessarily associated with the largest discharge event. This pattern is indicative of a seasonal depletion of localized sediment stores, with the majority of accumulated sediment being transported in the first storm, leaving less available for subsequent events. Turbidity spikes were also seen during base-flow periods when no discharge events were occurring, likely from the buildup of organic matter rather than the movement of mineral-based materials. An examination of hysteresis loops for individual storm events showed that a clockwise pattern, where turbidity peaks before discharge, was dominant suggesting a localized sediment source. In successive storm events, hysteresis loops shifted from a clockwise pattern to a more random pattern, with turbidity and discharge peaking concurrently. This delay in the turbidity peak suggests that sufficient flow energy must be reached to start entraining the more consolidated bank/bed sediment or that the dominant sediment sources may be shifting to less localized areas such as hill slopes. Both of these scenarios support our hypothesis of seasonal accumulation and depletion of local sediment stores.

  20. Estimating the input of wastewater-born micropollutants in a rural karst catchment (Gallusquelle, Germany)

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    Zirlewagen, Johannes; Hillebrand, Olav; Nödler, Karsten; Schiperski, Ferry; Scheytt, Traugott; Licha, Tobias

    2013-04-01

    The main focus of the AGRO research project is on the use of various micropollutants as indicators (e.g. for wastewater) in the catchment of the karst spring Gallusquelle, Swabian Alb. For modeling the micropollutants' fate in the subsurface and their occurrence in spring water, reliable estimates of the spatio-temporal input, i.e. input functions, are crucial. Therefore potential sources for wastewater-born substances are identified. These are the combined sewer system with a stormwater retention basin (untreated wastewater) and the river Fehla (treated wastewater). The micropollutants' concentrations and loads in the potentially infiltrating waters are estimated on the one hand by local water and substance consumption data and on the other hand by water sample analysis and stream gauging. The spring's discharge varies from 0.2-2.0 m³/s with an average of 0.5 m³/s. Treated spring water serves as drinking water for 45 000 people. The catchment area measures 45 km² and is rural in character with 55% forest, 27% grassland, 15% agriculture and 3% residential/industrial. Industrial activity is restricted to a few minor textile and metal works. There are around 4 000 inhabitants and except for a few farms, all households are connected to the public sewer system. The only surface water within the catchment is the stream Fehla, which forms a part of the catchment boundary. It was formerly identified as a sinking stream with an ephemeral part in the lower course. Connections to the Gallusquelle spring were proven by several tracer tests conducted in the 1960's, when the river started to become perennial over the whole course due to heavy colmatation. During a one week campaign, samples of wastewater and river water were taken three times per day. Additionally, hourly samples were taken during a 24 h period. Water samples were analysed for major ions and 58 micropollutants, including pharmaceuticals, stimulants (as caffeine), the artificial sweeteners acesulfame and cyclamate, contrast media, corrosion inhibitors, pesticides and metabolites of several substances. For analysis of micropollutants, water samples were spiked with internal standards before solid-phase-extraction (SPE) and the analysis was conducted by high-performance liquid chromatographic separation with tandem mass spectrometric detection (HPLC/MS-MS). Quantification limits were in the range of 1-28 ng/l for river water and 200-650 ng/l for untreated wastewater. Once the concentrations and loads of micropollutants in the infiltrating waters are known and compared to those in the spring water, one might distinguish and quantify the portions of water infiltrating from the different sources in the catchment area.

  1. Hydrological Dynamics In High Mountain Catchment Areas of Central Norway

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    Löffler, Jörg; Rößler, Ole

    Large-scaled landscape structure is regarded as a mosaic of ecotopes where process dynamics of water and energy fluxes are analysed due to its effects on ecosystem functioning. The investigations have been carried out in the continental most Vågå/Oppland high mountains in central Norway since 1994 (LÖFFLER &WUNDRAM 1999, 2000, 2001). Additionally, comparable investigations started in 2000 dealing with the oceanic high mountain landscapes on same latitudes (LÖFFLER et al. 2001). The theoretical and methodological framework of the project is given by the Landscape-Ecological Complex Analysis (MOSIMANN 1984, 1985) and its variations due to technical and principle methodical challenges in this high mountain landscape (KÖHLER et al. 1994, LÖFFLER 1998). The aim of the project is to characterize high mountain ecosystem structure, functioning and dynamics within small catchment areas, that are chosen in two different altitudinal belts each in the eastern continental and the western oceanic region of central Norway. In the frame of this research project hydrological and meteorological measurements on ground water, percolation and soil moisture dynamics as well as on evaporation, air humidity and air-, surface- and soil-temperatures have been conducted. On the basis of large-scaled landscape-ecological mappings (LÖFFLER 1997) one basic meteorological station and several major data logger run stations have been installed in representative sites of each two catchment areas in the low and mid alpine belts of the investigation regions ( JUNGet al. 1997, LÖFFLER &WUNDRAM 1997). Moreover, spatial differentiations of groundwater level, soil moisture and temperature profiles have been investigated by means of hand held measurements at different times of the day, during different climatic situations and different seasons. Daily and annual air-, surface- and soil-temperature dynamics are demonstrated by means of thermoisopleth-diagrams for different types of ecotopes of the different altitudinal belts. The local differences of temperature dynamics are illustrated in a map as an example of the low alpine altitudinal belt showing a 4-dimensional characterization (in space and time) of high mountain ecosystem functioning. Hydrological aspects derived from those results are presented showing the large- scaled hydrological dynamics of high mountain catchment basins in central Norway. The results of the process analysis of hydrological dynamics in the central Norwegian high mountains are discussed within the frame of investigations on altitudinal changes of mountain ecosystem structure and functioning (LÖFFLER &WUNDRAM [in print]). The poster illustrates the theoretical and methodological conception, methods and techniques, examples from complex data material as well as general outcomes of the project (RÖßLER [in prep.]. JUNG, G., J. LÖFFLER &D. WUNDRAM (1997): Untersuchungen zur Struktur, Funktion und Dynamik mittelnorwegischer Hochgebirgsökosysteme. Forschungsansatz. Oldenburger Geoökologisches Kolloquium 3: 4-36. Oldenburg. KÖHLER, B., J. LÖFFLER &D. WUNDRAM (1994): Probleme der kleinräumigen Geoökovarianz im mittelnorwegischen Gebirge. Norsk geogr. Tidsskr. 48: 99- 111. LÖFFLER, J. (1997): Großmaßstäbige geoökologische Kartierungen in den Höhenstufen des mittelnorwegischen Gebirges. NORDEN 12: 205-228. Bremen. LÖFFLER, J. (1998): Geoökologische Untersuchungen zur Struktur mittelnorwegischer Hochgebirgsökosysteme. Oldenburger Geoökologische Studien 1. Oldenburg. LÖFFLER, J., O.-D. FINCH, J. NAUJOK &R. PAPE (2001): Möglichkeiten der Integration zoologischer Aspekte in die landschaftsökologische Untersuchung von Hochgebirgen. Methodendiskussion am Beispiel ökologischer Prozesssysteme und Biozönosen. Naturschutz u. Landschaftsplanung 33 (11): 351-357. LÖFFLER, J. &D. WUNDRAM (1997): Klimatische Phänomene in mittelnorwegischen Hochgebirgslandschaften und ihre ökosystemare Bedeutung. Oldenburger Geoökologisches Kolloquium 3: 37-86. Oldenburg. LÖFFLER, J. &D. WUNDRAM (1999): Klei

  2. Resilience of catchment sediment yield to climate perturbations

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    Van De Wiel, Marco; Lipkowski, Emily

    2015-04-01

    It is commonly thought that catchment sediment yield is largely governed by allogenic controls acting on the catchment. Under this paradigm, variations in climatic, tectonic or anthropogenic forcing are directly transmitted to the catchment sediment yield. The sediment yield thus represents a temporal signature of the governing external forces. This paradigm, however, has been challenged by recent research, which has shown that autogenic controls from within the catchment can significantly affect and, in some cases, overwrite the allogenic signal in the sediment yield signal. In these cases the catchment sediment yield can be considered to be resilient to external perturbation. On the other hand, it also has been shown that, in some other cases, the allogenic signal can indeed be transmitted efficiently through the catchment, without too much distortion by the autogenic controls. In these latter cases, the sediment yield signal, and hence the downstream sediment deposits, can be a reliable archive of past environmental forcing. This study uses computer simulation to investigate the autogenic resilience of catchment sediment yields. Specifically, it investigates allogenic signal preservation in catchment sediment yield in the context of climate signals. It is hypothesized that 1) the resilience of the catchment sediment yield signal is largely determined by the catchment's spatial heterogeneity (of topography, vegetation, soil properties, ...) and the external signal's temporal heterogeneity and amplitude; and 2) catchment resilience is inversely correlated with spatial heterogeneity and positively correlated with the temporal heterogeneity and amplitude of the allogenic signal. This hypothesis is tested using a set of similar catchments, but with different relief ranges, different levels of topographic smoothness, different sediment distributions, and different artificial vegetation covers. These catchments are subjected to a range of rainfall scenarios over a 300-year simulation period, using the CAESAR landscape evolution model. Results confirm that the sediment yields in the more homogeneous catchments are less resilient and better preserve the signal from all rainfall scenarios, whereas the more heterogeneous catchments are more resilient and only preserve those climate signals with higher amplitudes or larger wavelengths.

  3. Use of 7Be as a sediment tracer: a scope for testing and refining key assumptions related to its adsorption on a catchment scale

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    Ryken, Nick; Al-Barri, Bashar; Blake, Will; Taylor, Alex; Boeckx, Pascal; Verdoodt, Ann

    2014-05-01

    To date the use of Beryllium-7 (7Be) as a sediment tracer on catchment scale is largely understudied, although several studies applied the ratio 7Be/137Cs or 7Be/210Pbex for sediment source fingerprinting. Several key assumptions, (1) spatially uniform fallout, (2) immediate adsorption upon contact with the soil and (3) irreversible adsorption by the soil, must hold if 7Be is to be used as a sediment tracer. However, recent studies have raised questions about the validity of these assumptions in the changing environments on a catchment scale. In this study three representative soil types of the Mariaborrebeek catchment, a small watershed located in the Flemish Ardennes in Belgium, were collected to assess the adsorption rate of 7Be on the soil surface in this catchment. In a laboratory experiment, soil samples were equilibrated with a stable Be solution of 1 mg l-1 at a soil:solution ratio of 1:10 and the adsorption of Be was measured at different time intervals. Furthermore, different amendments were applied to assess the impact of soil pH, fertilizer and organic matter on the adsorption of Be. Preliminary results confirm a rapid and almost complete Be adsorption and a negative correlation between pH and Be adsorption. The results of this study might lead to the formulation of interpretation guidelines for the use of 7Be to assess short-term soil redistribution and sediment source fingerprinting on catchment scale.

  4. Tracing suspended sediment and particulate phosphorus sources in catchments

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    Walling, D. E.; Collins, A. L.; Stroud, R. W.

    2008-02-01

    SummaryInformation on suspended sediment and particulate P (PP) sources is an important requirement in many catchment-based diffuse source pollution studies, in order to assist with model validation and to provide information to support the development of effective sediment and phosphorus control strategies. Such information is, however, frequently unavailable or difficult to assemble. In the study reported, source fingerprinting procedures were successfully used to assemble this information for seven sub-catchments in the Hampshire Avon catchment and five sub-catchments in the Middle Herefordshire Wye catchment. The results provide important new information on the relative importance of the contributions from surface and channel/subsurface sources to the suspended sediment and PP fluxes from the catchments. In the Wye sub-catchments channel/subsurface sources contributed 40-55% of the overall suspended sediment flux and 21-43% of the PP flux from the catchments. Equivalent values for the Avon were 1-41% and 1-54%, respectively. Combination of the information on the relative importance of surface and channel/subsurface sources with measured suspended sediment fluxes has provided the first estimates of the specific fluxes of sediment and PP attributable to channel/subsurface sources for UK catchments. The former are as high as 15-20 t km -2 year -1 in some of the Wye sub-catchments, whereas the latter exceeded 0.1 kgP ha -1 year -1 in the same sub-catchments. The results emphasize the need to take account of potential contributions from channel/subsurface sources when using measured suspended sediment and PP flux data to validate predictions derived from models incorporating only surface contributions.

  5. Validation of Pacific Northwest Hydrologic Landscapes at the Catchment Scale

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    Sawicz, K. A.; Leibowitz, S. G.; Comeleo, R. L.; Wigington, P. J., Jr.

    2014-12-01

    The interaction between the physical properties of a catchment (form) and climatic forcing of precipitation and energy control how water is partitioned, stored, and conveyed through a catchment (function). Hydrologic Landscapes (HLs) were previously developed across Oregon and describe climatic and physical properties for over 5000 assessment units. This approach was then extended to the three Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho (PNW HL). The HLs were developed using the National Hydrography Dataset's WBD HU12 scale and are comprised of classification components describing climate, climate seasonality, aquifer permeability, terrain, and soil permeability. To compare the PNW HL classification to catchment hydrologic behavior, HLs were aggregated to catchment scale to compare against the input/output of water in the catchment. HL aggregation must preserve information on the location of the HL within the catchment outlet (upstream vs. downstream) and properties of that HL (i.e. water source vs. sink). Catchment function was investigated by use of hydrologic signatures, which are attributes of long-term time series of water into and out of the catchment. Signatures include Runoff Ratio, Baseflow Index, Snow Ratio, and Recession Coefficients. This study has three primary objectives: 1) derivation of hydrologic signatures to capture the hydrologic behavior for catchments in the Pacific Northwest: 2) development of methodology to aggregate HLs to the catchment scale; and 3) statistical analysis of signature values and trends with respect to aggregated HL classification. We hypothesize that we will find: 1) strong relationships between aggregated HLs and hydrologic signatures; 2) signatures related to water balance are explained by climatic conditions; and 3) signatures describing flow paths are predicted by terrain, soil, and aquifer permeability. This study examined 230 catchments to achieve objectives and test hypotheses stated.

  6. Assessing the role of urban developments on storm runoff response through multi-scale catchment experiments

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    Wilkinson, Mark; Owen, Gareth; Geris, Josie; Soulsby, Chris; Quinn, Paul

    2015-04-01

    Many communities across the world face the increasing challenge of balancing water quantity and quality issues with accommodating new growth and urban development. Urbanisation is typically associated with detrimental changes in water quality, sediment delivery, and effects on water storage and flow pathways (e.g. increases in flooding). In particular for mixed rural and urban catchments where the spatio-temporal variability of hydrological responses is high, there remains a key research challenge in evaluating the timing and magnitude of storage and flow pathways at multiple scales. This is of crucial importance for appropriate catchment management, for example to aid the design of Green Infrastructure (GI) to mitigate the risk of flooding, among other multiple benefits. The aim of this work was to (i) explore spatio-temporal storm runoff generation characteristics in multi-scale catchment experiments that contain rural and urban land use zones, and (ii) assess the (preliminary) impact of Sustainable Drainage (SuDs) as GI on high flow and flood characteristics. Our key research catchment, the Ouseburn in Northern England (55km2), has rural headwaters (15%) and an urban zone (45%) concentrated in the lower catchment area. There is an intermediate and increasingly expanding peri-urban zone (currently 40%), which is defined here as areas where rural and urban features coexist, alongside GIs. Such a structure is typical for most catchments with urban developments. We monitored spatial precipitation and multiscale nested (five gauges) runoff response, in addition to the storage dynamics in GIs for a period of 6 years (2007-2013). For a range of events, we examined the multiscale nested runoff characteristics (lag time and magnitude) of the rural and urban flow components, assessed how these integrated with changing land use and increasing scale, and discussed the implications for flood management in the catchment. The analyses indicated three distinctly different patterns in the timing and magnitude of the contributions of the different land use zones and their nested integrated runoff response at increasing scales. These can be clearly linked to variations in antecedent conditions and precipitation patterns. For low antecedent flow conditions, the main flood peak is dominated by urban origins (faster responding and larger in relative magnitude); for high antecedent flow conditions, rural (and peri-urban) sources are most dominant. A third type of response involves mixed events, where both rural and urban contributions interact and reinforce the peak flow response. Our analyses showed that the effectiveness of the GIs varied substantially between the different events, suggesting that their design could be improved by introducing variable drainage rates and strategic placements to allow for interactions with the stream network. However, more information is needed on the spatio-temporal variability in water sources, flow pathways and residence times. This is of particular importance to also assess other multiple benefits of GIs, including the impacts on water quality. These challenges are currently addressed in two new case study catchment in the North East of Scotland (10km2) which are undergoing major land use change from rural to urban. Here, integrated tracer and hydrometric data are being collected to characterise the integrated impacts of urbanisation and GIs on flow pathways (nature and length) and associated water quality.

  7. Origin of runoff and suspended sediment in a glacierized Alpine catchment

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    Engel, Michael; Penna, Daniele; Dell'Agnese, Andrea; Lucia, Ana; Comiti, Francesco; Vignoli, Gianluca; Simoni, Silvia; Dinale, Roberto

    2015-04-01

    The spatial and temporal variability of sources of runoff and suspended sediment in high-elevation, glacierized catchments are still poorly explored. In this study we used stable isotopes of water, electrical conductivity (EC) and turbidity as tracers to identify the origin of different waters and of fine sediments contributing to streamflow and suspended sediment transport in the glacierized Sulden/Solda catchment (130 km² drainage area, Eastern Italian Alps). The site ranges in elevation between 1112 and 3905 m a.s.l. and includes two major sub-catchments. Rainfall samples were taken from bulk collectors placed along an elevation gradient (905-2585 m a.s.l.). Winter-integrated snowmelt samples were collected from passive capillary samplers installed at different elevations (1600-2825 m a.s.l.), whereas occasional snowmelt samples were taken from dripping snow patches distributed within the central-upper part of the catchment. Ice melt samples were taken in summer from small rivulets on the glacier surface. Samples from the two main streams at different sections, major tributaries and springs at various locations were collected monthly. At the outlet, daily stream water sampling for isotopic analysis was ensured by an automatic sampler. EC, turbidity and water stage were measured every 5 minutes. Meteorological data were measured by two weather stations at 1600 and 2825 m a.s.l.. Manual samples were taken from February to December 2014, whereas automatic measurements at the outlet started in May 2014. Preliminary results (the isotopic analyses are in progress) showed small seasonal variability of EC in spring water, suggesting a limited role of snowmelt on groundwater recharge. Relatively high and constant values in EC at the catchment outlet were observed until the beginning of the summer, when diurnal fluctuations in streamflow and EC of increasing amplitude reveal increasing contributions of meltwater, peaking in July. The relatively small variability in EC between early and late summer suggests a predominance of snowmelt contributions over ice melt contributions to streamflow, confirming field observations about the greatly above-average snow cover in 2014 that left only a small part of the glacier surface exposed and prone to active melting. Diurnal oscillations in EC were still visible until early November, although with smaller amplitude and slightly higher values with respect to summer, suggesting a possible larger role of glacier meltwater in early fall. Turbidity was more sensitive to rainfall events compared to EC, showing sharp responses during rainy periods in spring and fall, and diurnal cycles during the melting periods. In contrast to EC, turbidity reached its highest values in August and during intense rainfall events. This indicates that both melt water coming from the upper parts of the catchment and direct rainfall erosion of surface near-stream zones played a role on the rapid mobilization of fine sediments and suspended sediment transport in the study catchment. Keywords: stable isotopes of water; electrical conductivity; turbidity; glacierized catchment

  8. High-resolution distributed analysis of climate and anthropogenic changes on the hydrology of an Alpine catchment

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    Fatichi, S.; Rimkus, S.; Burlando, P.; Bordoy, R.; Molnar, P.

    2015-06-01

    A fully distributed hydrological analysis at scales significant for water management for present-day, and projected future climate conditions is presented for a catchment in the Alps. We selected the upper Rhone basin (Switzerland) as a test case for understanding anthropogenic impacts including climate change on water resources and flood risk in the Alpine area. The upper Rhone basin contains reservoirs, river diversions and irrigated areas offering the opportunity to study the interaction between climate change effects and hydraulic infrastructure. Anthropogenic disturbances of the flow regime were implemented in detail in the hydrological analysis. We downscaled climate model realizations using a methodology that accounts for the uncertainty in climate change projections related to the stochastic variability of precipitation and air temperature. We showed how climate change effects on streamflow propagate from high elevation headwater catchments to the river in the main valley by analyzing changes in several hydrological metrics and at various temporal scales across 297 control sections. Changes in the natural hydrological regime imposed by the existing hydraulic infrastructure are likely larger than climate change signals expected by the middle of the 21st century in most of the river network. Despite a strong uncertainty induced by stochastic climate variability, we identified an elevational dependence of climate change impacts with a severe reduction in streamflow due to the missing contribution of water from ice melt at high-elevation and a dampened effect downstream. Reduced ice cover and ice melt are likely to have significant implications for hydropower production. The impacts can emerge without any additional climate warming. A decrease of August-September discharge and an increase of hourly and daily maximum flows appear as plausible projected change for the most part of the catchment. However, it is unlikely that major changes in total runoff for the entire upper Rhone basin will occur in the next four decades.

  9. Snowcover interaction with climate, topography & vegetation in mountain catchments in catchments

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Mountainous regions in the semi-arid Western US are snow-dominated with little or no summer precipitation. Wind and topographic structure control snow deposition, causing tremendous spatial heterogeneity in the distribution of the snowcover and the delivery of melt water across mountain catchments....

  10. Monitoring and Simulating Water, Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics over Catchments in Eastern Asia

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    Wang, Q.; Xiao, Q.; Liu, C.; Watanabe, M.

    2006-05-01

    There is an emergency need to support decision-making in water environment management in Eastern Asia. For sound management and decision making of sustainable water use, the catchment ecosystem assessment, emphasizing biophysical and biogeochemical processes and human interactions, is a key task. For this task, an integrated ecosystem model has been developed to estimate the spatial and temporal distributions of the water, carbon and nutrient cycles over catchment scales. The model integrated both a distributed hydrologic model (Nakayama and Watanabe, 2004) and an ecosystem model, BIOME-BGC (Running and Coughlan, 1988), which has been modified and validated for various ecosystems by using the APEIS-FLUX datasets in China (Wang and Watanabe, 2005). The model has been applied to catchments in China, such as the Changjiang River and the Yellow River. The MODIS satellite data products, such as leaf area index (LAI), vegetation index (VI) and land surface temperature (LST) were used as the input parameters. By using the integrated model, the future changes in water, carbon and nitrogen cycle can be predicted based on scenarios, such as the decrease in crop production due to water shortage, and the increase in temperature and CO2 concentration, as well as the land use/cover changes. The model was validated by the measured values of soil moisture, and river flow discharge throughout the year, showing that this model achieves a fairly high accuracy. As an example, we applied the integrated model to simulate the daily water vapor, carbon and nitrogen fluxes over the Changjiang River Basin. The Changjiang River is ranked third in length and is the largest river in terms of water discharge over the Euro-Asian continent. The drainage basin of the Changjiang supplies 5-10% of the total world population with water resources and nutrition and irrigates 40% of China's national crop production. Moreover, the materials carried by the Changjiang River have a significant influence on the coastal environment. Simulation results showed that enhanced atmospheric CO2 concentrations and especially increased nitrogen application had a marked effect on the simulated water and carbon sequestration capacity and played a prominent role in increasing this capacity. Finally, the model has been applied to evaluate the impact of land cover change from 1980 to 2000 on water, carbon and nitrogen fluxes over larger river basins in China.

  11. Nutrient loss and water quality under extensive grazing in the upper Burdekin river catchment, North Queensland.

    PubMed

    O'Reagain, P J; Brodie, J; Fraser, G; Bushell, J J; Holloway, C H; Faithful, J W; Haynes, D

    2005-01-01

    Increased sediment and nutrient losses resulting from unsustainable grazing management in the Burdekin River catchment are major threats to water quality in the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon. To test the effects of grazing management on soil and nutrient loss, five 1 ha mini-catchments were established in 1999 under different grazing strategies on a sedimentary landscape near Charters Towers. Reference samples were also collected from watercourses in the Burdekin catchment during major flow events. Soil and nutrient loss were relatively low across all grazing strategies due to a combination of good cover, low slope and low rainfall intensities. Total soil loss varied from 3 to 20 kg ha(-1) per event while losses of N and P ranged from 10 to 1900 g ha(-1) and from 1 to 71 g ha(-1) per event respectively. Water quality of runoff was considered moderate across all strategies with relatively low levels of total suspended sediment (range: 8-1409 mg l(-1)), total N (range: 101-4000 microg l(-1)) and total P (range: 14-609 microg l(-1)). However, treatment differences are likely to emerge with time as the impacts of the different grazing strategies on land condition become more apparent. Samples collected opportunistically from rivers and creeks during flow events displayed significantly higher levels of total suspended sediment (range: 10-6010 mg l(-1)), total N (range: 650-6350 microg l(-1)) and total P (range: 50-1500 microg l(-1)) than those collected at the grazing trial. These differences can largely be attributed to variation in slope, geology and cover between the grazing trial and different catchments. In particular, watercourses draining hillier, grano-diorite landscapes with low cover had markedly higher sediment and nutrient loads compared to those draining flatter, sedimentary landscapes. These preliminary data suggest that on relatively flat, sedimentary landscapes, extensive cattle grazing is compatible with achieving water quality targets, provided high levels of ground cover are maintained. In contrast, sediment and nutrient loss under grazing on more erodable land types is cause for serious concern. Long-term empirical research and monitoring will be essential to quantify the impacts of changed land management on water quality in the spatially and temporally variable Burdekin River catchment. PMID:15757706

  12. Sundaland basins

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    Hall, Robert; Morley, Christopher K.

    The continental core of Sundaland, comprising Sumatra, Java, Borneo, the Thai-Malay Peninsula and Indochina, was assembled during the Triassic Indosinian orogeny, and formed an exposed landmass during Pleistocene lowstands. Because the region includes extensive shallow seas, and is not significantly elevated, it is often assumed to have been stable for a long period. This stability is a myth. The region is today surrounded by subduction and collision zones, and merges with the India-Asia collision zone. Cenozoic deformation of Sundaland is recorded in the numerous deep sedimentary basins alongside elevated highlands. Some sediment may have been supplied from Asia following Indian collision but most was locally derived. Modern and Late Cenozoic sediment yields are exceptionally high despite a relatively small land area. India-Asia collision, Australia-SE Asia collision, backarc extension, subduction rollback, strike-slip faulting, mantle plume activity, and differential crust-lithosphere stretching have been proposed as possible basin-forming mechanisms. In scale, crustal character, heat flow and mantle character the region resembles the Basin and Range province or the East African Rift, but is quite unlike them in tectonic setting. Conventional basin modeling fails to predict heat flow, elevation, basin depths and subsidence history of Sundaland and overestimates stretching factors. These can be explained by interaction of a hot upper mantle, a weak lower crust, and lower crustal flow in response to changing forces at the plate edges. Deformation produced by this dynamic model explains the maintenance of relief and hence sediment supply over long time periods.

  13. Linking catchment structure to hydrologic function: Implications of catchment topography for patterns of landscape hydrologic connectivity and stream flow dynamics

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    Jencso, K. G.; McGlynn, B. L.; Marshall, L. A.

    2010-12-01

    The relationship between catchment structure (topography and topology), stream network hydrologic connectivity, and runoff response remains poorly understood. Hillslope-riparian-stream (HRS) water table connectivity serves as the hydrologic linkage between a catchment’s uplands and the channel network and facilitates the transmission of water and solutes to streams. While there has been tremendous interest in the concept of hydrological connectivity to characterize catchments, there are relatively few studies that have quantified hydrologic connectivity at the stream network and catchment scales. Here, we examine how catchment topography influenced patterns of stream network HRS connectivity and resultant runoff dynamics across 11 nested headwater catchments in the Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest (TCEF), MT. This study extends the empirical findings of Jencso et al. (2009) who found a strong linear relationship (r2 = 0.92) between the upslope accumulated area (UAA) and annual duration of shallow ground water table connectivity observed across 24 HRS transects (146 groundwater recording wells) within the TCEF. We applied this relationship to the entire stream network to quantify the frequency distribution of stream network connectivity through time (as a function of UAA) and ascertain its relationship to catchment-scale runoff dynamics. Each catchment’s estimated connectivity duration curve (CDC) was highly related to its flow duration curve (FDC); albeit the rate of change of runoff with respect to stream network connectedness varied significantly across catchments. To ascertain potential reasons for these differences we compared the slope of each catchment’s CDC-FDC relationship (annual, peak, transition and baseflow periods) in multiple linear models against median values of common terrain indices and land cover-vegetation characteristics. Significant predictors (p<0.05) included the flow path distance to the creek (DFC), the flow path gradient to the creek (GTC), and their ratios DFC/GTC. Our results suggest that spatio-temporal distributions of upland-riparian-stream hydrologic connectivity can provide insight into runoff source area dynamics, runoff implications of catchment morphology and topology, and a direct and quantifiable link between catchment structure and hydrologic dynamics.

  14. Assessing catchment connectivity using hysteretic loops

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    Keesstra, Saskia; Masselink, Rens; Goni, Mikel; Campo, Miguel Angel; Gimenez, Rafael; Casali, Javier; Seeger, Manuel

    2015-04-01

    Sediment connectivity is a concept which can explain the origin, pathways and sinks of sediments within landscapes. This information is valuable for land managers to be able to take appropriate action at the correct place. Hysteresis between sediment and water discharge can give important information about the sources , pathways and conditions of sediment that arrives at the outlet of a catchment. "Hysteresis" happens when the sediment concentration associated with a certain flow rate is different depending on the direction in which the analysis is performed -towards the increase or towards the diminution of the flow. This phenomenon to some extent reflects the way in which the runoff generation processes are conjugated with those of the production and transport of sediments, hence the usefulness of hysteresis as a diagnostic hydrological parameter. However, the complexity of the phenomena and factors which determine hysteresis make its interpretation uncertain or, at the very least, problematic. Many types of hysteretic loops have been described as well as the cause for the shape of the loop, mainly describing the origin of the sediments. In this study, several measures to objectively classify hysteretic loops in an automated way were developed. These were consecutively used to classify several hundreds of loops from several agricultural catchments in Northern Spain. The data set for this study comes from four experimental watersheds in Navarre (Spain), owned and maintained by the Government of Navarre. These experimental watersheds have been monitored and studied since 1996 (La Tejería and Latxaga) and 2001 (Oskotz "principal", Op, and Oskotz "woodland", Ow). La Tejería and Latxaga watersheds, located in the Central Western part of Navarre, are roughly similar to each other regarding size (approximately 200 ha), geology (marls and sandstones), soils (fine texture topsoil), climate (humid sub Mediterranean) and land use (80-90% cultivated with winter grain crops). On the other hand, Op (ca.1,700 ha) is covered with forest and pasture (cattle-breeding); while Ow (ca. 500 ha), a sub-watershed of the Op, is almost completely covered with forest. The predominant climate in Op/Ow is sub-Atlantic. Furthermore, antecedent conditions and event characteristics were analysed. The loops were compared quantitatively and qualitatively between catchments for similar events and within the catchments for events with different characteristics.

  15. Modeling of the water balance of a small mountainous catchment

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    A new model is being developed to describe the water balance of a small mountainous catchment that is subject to snow accumulation and snow melt. Surface elevation across the catchment is determined from a digital elevation model. The distributed water storage capacity is calculated by combining dep...

  16. Application of SWAT in a large mountainous catchment

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    Application of SWAT in a large mountainous catchment with high spatial variability Wenzhi Cao1-variable and multiple site approach proposed here for application SWAT in the Motueka Catchment. #12;Variables and sites-SutcliffeTest stations Daily max and mini temperature prediction test #12;Potential evapotranspiration #12;SWAT predicted

  17. Attributes for NHDPlus Catchments (Version 1.1) for the Conterminous United States: Mean Annual R-factor, 1971-2000

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This data set represents the average annual R-factor, rainfall-runoff erosivity measure, compiled for every catchment of NHDPlus for the conterminous United States. The source data are from Christopher Daly of the Spatial Climate Analysis Service, Oregon State University, and George Taylor of the Oregon Climate Service, Oregon State University (2002), who developed spatially distributed estimates of R-factor for the period 1971-2000 for the conterminous United States. The NHDPlus Version 1.1 is an integrated suite of application-ready geospatial datasets that incorporates many of the best features of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and the National Elevation Dataset (NED). The NHDPlus includes a stream network (based on the 1:100,00-scale NHD), improved networking, naming, and value-added attributes (VAAs). NHDPlus also includes elevation-derived catchments (drainage areas) produced using a drainage enforcement technique first widely used in New England, and thus referred to as "the New England Method." This technique involves "burning in" the 1:100,000-scale NHD and when available building "walls" using the National Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD). The resulting modified digital elevation model (HydroDEM) is used to produce hydrologic derivatives that agree with the NHD and WBD. Over the past two years, an interdisciplinary team from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and contractors, found that this method produces the best quality NHD catchments using an automated process (USEPA, 2007). The NHDPlus dataset is organized by 18 Production Units that cover the conterminous United States. The NHDPlus version 1.1 data are grouped by the U.S. Geologic Survey's Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). MRB1, covering the New England and Mid-Atlantic River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 1 and 2. MRB2, covering the South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 3 and 6. MRB3, covering the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 4, 5, 7 and 9. MRB4, covering the Missouri River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 10-lower and 10-upper. MRB5, covering the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 8, 11 and 12. MRB6, covering the Rio Grande, Colorado and Great Basin River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 13, 14, 15 and 16. MRB7, covering the Pacific Northwest River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 17. MRB8, covering California River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 18.

  18. Attributes for NHDPlus Catchments (Version 1.1) for the Conterminous United States: Average Atmospheric (Wet) Deposition of Inorganic Nitrogen, 2002

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    Wieczorek, Michael E.; LaMotte, Andrew E.

    2010-01-01

    This data set represents the average atmospheric (wet) deposition, in kilograms per square kilometer, of inorganic nitrogen for the year 2002 compiled for every catchment of NHDPlus for the conterminous United States. The source data set for wet deposition was from the USGS's raster data set atmospheric (wet) deposition of inorganic nitrogen for 2002 (Gronberg, 2005). The NHDPlus Version 1.1 is an integrated suite of application-ready geospatial datasets that incorporates many of the best features of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and the National Elevation Dataset (NED). The NHDPlus includes a stream network (based on the 1:100,00-scale NHD), improved networking, naming, and value-added attributes (VAAs). NHDPlus also includes elevation-derived catchments (drainage areas) produced using a drainage enforcement technique first widely used in New England, and thus referred to as "the New England Method." This technique involves "burning in" the 1:100,000-scale NHD and when available building "walls" using the National Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD). The resulting modified digital elevation model (HydroDEM) is used to produce hydrologic derivatives that agree with the NHD and WBD. Over the past two years (2007-2008), an interdisciplinary team from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and contractors, found that this method produces the best quality NHD catchments using an automated process (USEPA, 2007). The NHDPlus dataset is organized by 18 Production Units that cover the conterminous United States. The NHDPlus version 1.1 data are grouped by the U.S. Geologic Survey's Major River Basins (MRBs, Crawford and others, 2006). MRB1, covering the New England and Mid-Atlantic River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 1 and 2. MRB2, covering the South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 3 and 6. MRB3, covering the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 4, 5, 7 and 9. MRB4, covering the Missouri River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 10-lower and 10-upper. MRB5, covering the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 8, 11 and 12. MRB6, covering the Rio Grande, Colorado and Great Basin River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Units 13, 14, 15 and 16. MRB7, covering the Pacific Northwest River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 17. MRB8, covering California River basins, contains NHDPlus Production Unit 18.

  19. Hydrological effects of within-catchment heterogeneity of drainage density

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    Di Lazzaro, Michele; Zarlenga, Antonio; Volpi, Elena

    2015-02-01

    Local drainage density (dd) has been traditionally defined as the inverse of twice the distance one has to walk before encountering a channel. This formalization easily allows to derive raster-based maps of dd extracted straight off from digital elevation model data. Maps of local dd, which are continuous in space, are able to reveal the appearance of strong heterogeneities in the geological and geomorphological properties of natural landscapes across different scales. In this work we employ the information provided by these spatial maps to study the potential effects of the within-catchment variability of dd on the hydrologic response. A simple power law relationship between runoff yield at the local scale and the value of dd has been adopted; the hypothesis is supported by a large number of past empirical observations and modeling. The novel framework proposed (ddRWF) embeds this spatially variable runoff weight in the well-known Rescaled Width Function (RWF) framework, based on the more general geomorphological theory of the hydrologic response. The model is applied to four sub-basins in the Cascade Range Region (Oregon, USA) where strong contrasts in dissection patterns due the underlain geology have been broadly addressed in previous literature. The ddRWF approach is compared with the classic RWF in terms of shape, moments and peak of the simulated hydrograph response. Results hint that the variability of runoff yield due to the heterogeneity of dd (i.e. of hillslope lengths) determines a more rapid concentration of runoff, which implies shorter lag times, larger skewness and higher peak floods, especially in the case hillslope velocity is much smaller than channel velocity. The potential of the proposed framework relies on accounting for spatially variable losses related to geomorphologic heterogeneity in lumped rainfall-runoff models, still keeping the simple and robust structure of the IUH approach.

  20. Emergent Urban-Landscape Interactions in Mountain Catchments

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    Werner, B.; McNamara, D.; Kelso, A.; Ipiktok, T.

    2004-12-01

    The margins of mountain catchments can offer attractive residential attributes, but development is subject to an array of significant hazards. The question of how urban expansion and natural processes interact as a system to produce long-term, emergent patterns of coupled human-landscape dynamics is addressed in a model that treats natural processes on intermediate time scales on a cellular grid and urban processes using agent-based models of markets and local/regional government. In the model, shrubland vegetation grows between fires, wildfires consume vegetation and residences and promote erosion, and landslides, floods and sediment-laden debris flows damage or destroy residences. Developer agents build developments whose size and location are based on projected profits; homeowning agents buy houses based on projected appreciation and attributes such as view and commute distance. Based on their predicted effect on tax revenues, government agents approve developments; mitigate fires with prescribed burns; mitigate landslides, floods and debris flows with slope stabilization, debris basins, reservoirs and channel stabilization and entrenchment; and suppress fires. Initial investigation of the model has focused on long-time-scale behavior of the urban-wildland boundary. Mitigation measures filter out short, small-amplitude fluctuations in this boundary. As the relative time scales and interaction magnitudes characterizing natural processes, development and government action are varied, a nominally stable boundary becomes unstable to irregular, long period fluctuations that can be spatially complex. The role that market externalities play in producing nonoptimal states will be discussed. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  1. Catchment Systems Engineering: A New Paradigm in Water Management

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    Quinn, P. F.; Wilkinson, M. E.; Burke, S.; O'Donnell, G. M.; Jonczyk, J.; Barber, N.; Nicholson, A.

    2012-04-01

    Recent catchment initiatives have highlighted the need for new holistic approaches to sustainable water management. Catchment Systems Engineering seeks to describe catchment the function (or role) as the principal driver for evaluating how it should be managed in the future. Catchment Systems Engineering does not seek to re-establish a natural system but rather works with natural processes in order to engineer landscapes to accrue multiple benefits. The approach involves quantifying and assessing catchment change, impacts and most importantly, suggests an urgent and proactive agenda for future planning. In particular, an interventionist approach to managing hydrological flow pathways across scale is proposed. It is already accepted that future management will require a range of scientific expertise and full engagement with stakeholders. This inclusive concept under a Catchment Systems Engineering agenda forces any consortia to commit to actively changing and perturbing the catchment system and thus learn, in situ, how to manage the environment for collective benefits. The shared cost, the design, the implementation, the evaluation and any subsequent modifications should involve all relevant parties in the consortia. This joint ownership of a 'hands on' interventionist agenda to catchment change is at the core of Catchment Systems Engineering. In this paper we show a range of catchment engineering projects from the UK that have addressed multi-disciplinary approaches to flooding, pollution and ecosystem management, whilst maintaining economic food production. Examples using soft engineered features such as wetlands, ponds, woody debris dams and infiltration zones will be shown. Local scale demonstration activities, led by local champions, have proven to be an effective means of encouraging wider uptake. Evidence that impacts can be achieved at local catchment scale will be introduced. Catchment Systems Engineering is a concept that relies on all relevant parties within a catchment to take responsibility for the water quantity and quality that arises from the catchment. Further, any holistic solution requires a bottom up, problem solving agenda which is facilitated by policy makers and is underpinned by scientific knowledge. http:\\research.ncl.ac.ukproactive

  2. Understanding soil phosphorus systems from emergent phosphorus behaviour in a headwater catchment

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    Ockenden, Mary; Beven, Keith; Collins, Adrian; Evans, Bob; Falloon, Pete; Hiscock, Kevin; Hollaway, Michael; Kahana, Ron; Macleod, Kit; Ross, Kirsty; Wearing, Catherine; Withers, Paul; Zhou, Jian; Benskin, Clare; Burke, Sean; EdenDTC Team; Haygarth, Phil

    2015-04-01

    Knowledge of soil phosphorus (P) sources and pathways is essential for predicting P transfers to water in the future, when drivers of P biogeochemistry may change under climate and land use change. However, the understanding of high frequency phosphorus dynamics has been limited by data of insufficient temporal resolution. This study shows how observing the patterns shown by headwater catchment systems can help to improve understanding of soil system science. The study describes analysis of 15 minute resolution data of rainfall and river discharge, and 30 minute resolution data of total phosphorus (TP) and total reactive phosphorus (TRP) concentrations from a sub-basin of the River Eden catchment, Cumbria, UK, collected by the Defra Demonstration Test Catchment Programme. The analysis focussed on extreme events and event sequences, which are predicted to occur more frequently under a changing climate, such as periods of drying followed by heavy rainfall. Events were classified according to exceedance of discharge and P concentration thresholds (Type 1 = high discharge, low TP; Type 2 = high discharge, high TP; Type 3 = low discharge, high TP). More than 75% of the TP load was transported during the 5% of the time with highest river discharge, with more than 69% of the TP load transferred in Type 2 events (< 4% in Type 1 events). High phosphorus concentrations in the river were also recorded during rainfall events following a dry period, when there was little response in discharge (Type 3, which accounted for less than 2% of total load). A lag of around one hour between peak TP and peak TRP concentrations indicated different pathways, with TP influenced by quickly mobilised sources, such as a readily available soil P pool, and fast pathways. In contrast, TRP showed a slower response indicating the presence of slower sub-surface pathways. Improved understanding of these processes will help in understanding the importance and availability of soil P pools in order to help farmers to plan sustainable phosphorus use and appropriate land management.

  3. Modelling fate and transport of pesticides in river catchments with drinking water abstractions

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    Desmet, Nele; Seuntjens, Piet; Touchant, Kaatje

    2010-05-01

    When drinking water is abstracted from surface water, the presence of pesticides may have a large impact on the purification costs. In order to respect imposed thresholds at points of drinking water abstraction in a river catchment, sustainable pesticide management strategies might be required in certain areas. To improve management strategies, a sound understanding of the emission routes, the transport, the environmental fate and the sources of pesticides is needed. However, pesticide monitoring data on which measures are founded, are generally scarce. Data scarcity hampers the interpretation and the decision making. In such a case, a modelling approach can be very useful as a tool to obtain complementary information. Modelling allows to take into account temporal and spatial variability in both discharges and concentrations. In the Netherlands, the Meuse river is used for drinking water abstraction and the government imposes the European drinking water standard for individual pesticides (0.1 ?g.L-1) for surface waters at points of drinking water abstraction. The reported glyphosate concentrations in the Meuse river frequently exceed the standard and this enhances the request for targeted measures. In this study, a model for the Meuse river was developed to estimate the contribution of influxes at the Dutch-Belgian border on the concentration levels detected at the drinking water intake 250 km downstream and to assess the contribution of the tributaries to the glyphosate loads. The effects of glyphosate decay on environmental fate were considered as well. Our results show that the application of a river model allows to asses fate and transport of pesticides in a catchment in spite of monitoring data scarcity. Furthermore, the model provides insight in the contribution of different sub basins to the pollution level. The modelling results indicate that the effect of local measures to reduce pesticides concentrations in the river at points of drinking water abstraction, might be limited due to dominant transboundary loads. This emphasizes the need for transboundary management strategies on a river catchment scale.

  4. Catchment-scale hydrologic implications of parcel-level stormwater management (Ohio USA)

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    Shuster, William; Rhea, Lee

    2013-04-01

    SummaryThe effectiveness of stormwater management strategies is a key issue affecting decision making on urban water resources management, and so proper monitoring and analysis of pilot studies must be addressed before drawing conclusions. We performed a pilot study in the suburban Shepherd Creek watershed located in Cincinnati, Ohio to evaluate the practicality of voluntary incentives for stormwater quantity reduction on privately owned suburban properties. Stream discharge and precipitation were monitored 3 years before and after implementation of the stormwater management treatments. To implement stormwater control measures, we elicited the participation of citizen landowners with two successive reverse-auctions. Auctions were held in spring 2007, and 2008, resulting in the installation of 85 rain gardens and 174 rain barrels. We demonstrated an analytic process of increasing model flexibility to determine hydrologic effectiveness of stormwater management at the sub-catchment level. A significant albeit small proportion of total variance was explained by both the effects of study period (˜69%) and treatment-vs.-control (˜7%). Precipitation-discharge relationships were synthesized in estimated unit hydrographs, which were decomposed and components tested for influence of treatments. Analysis of unit hydrograph parameters showed a weakened correlation between precipitation and discharge, and support the output from the initial model that parcel-level green infrastructure added detention capacity to treatment basins. We conclude that retrofit management of stormwater runoff quantity with green infrastructure in a small suburban catchment can be successfully initiated with novel economic incentive programs, and that these measures can impart a small, but statistically significant decrease in otherwise uncontrolled runoff volume. Given consistent monitoring data and analysis, water resource managers can use our approach as a way to estimate actual effectiveness of stormwater runoff volume management, with potential benefits for management of both separated and combined sewer systems. We also discuss lessons-learned with regard to monitoring design for catchment-scale hydrologic studies.

  5. Mercury fluxes in a natural forested Amazonian catchment (Serra do Navio, Amapá State, Brazil).

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    Fostier, A H; Forti, M C; Guimarães, J R; Melfi, A J; Boulet, R; Espirito Santo, C M; Krug, F J

    2000-10-01

    Mercury (Hg total) fluxes were calculated for rainwater, throughfall and stream water in a small catchment located in the northeastern region of the Brazilian Amazon (Serra do Navio, Amapá State), whose upper part is covered by a natural rainforest and lower part was altered due to deforestation and activities related to manganese mining. The catchment area is 200 km from the nearest gold mining (garimpo). Minimum and maximum Hg concentrations were measured monthly from October 1996 to September 1997 and were 3.5-23.4 ng l(-1) for rainwater, 16.5-82.7 ng l(-1) for throughfall (March-August 1997) and 1.2-6.1 and 4.2-18.8 ng l(-1) for stream water, in natural and disturbed areas, respectively. In the natural area, the inputs were 18.2 microg m 2 year(-1) in rainwater and 72 microg m(-2) year(-1) in throughfall. This enrichment was attributed to dry deposition. The stream output of 2.9 microg m(-2) year(-1) indicates that Hg is being recycled within the forest as other chemical species or is being retained by the soil system, as confirmed by the cumulative Hg burden in the 0-10 cm surface layer, which was 36480 microg m(-2). When the disturbed area of the catchment was included, the stream output was 9.3 microg m(-2), clearly indicating the impact of the deforestation of the lower part of the basin on the release of mercury. The Hg burden in the disturbed area was 7560 microg m(-2) for the 0-10 cm surface layer. PMID:11032128

  6. Evaluation of Distributed Model Structures in Catchment Scale Modeling to Capture Heterogeneous Landscape Characteristics

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    Julich, S.; Breuer, L.; Vaché, K. B.; Frede, H.

    2007-12-01

    The ability of a model to capture dominant ecological and hydrological processes is a prerequisite for the use of the model in studying impacts of landuse change on the water balance and nutrient fluxes from a watershed. However, in many cases, available model structures do not adequately represent processes of interest. In these cases, a pragmatic response is to revise the structure to better represent key processes. In this paper we outline a model application strategy designed to inject additional realism into a commonly applied model structure. Here we focus on the SWAT model in an application to the mesoscale (514 km 2) Wetter catchment, in central Germany. The catchment is characterized by a heterogeneous landscape structure and characteristics. The southwestern part is formed by a low mountain range with shallow soils over bedrock and steep slopes. Here lateral subsurface stormflow appears to be the dominant runoff generation process. The central and north- eastern regions of the basin are characterized by deep loess born soils and shallow slopes. We hypothesize that the much larger storage potential of the soils promotes vertical infiltration and storage, and that lateral runoff is much less significant. We utilize a variety of SWAT versions to evaluate the potential effects of this hypothesis on the capacity of the model to capture the measured runoff response. Our results indicate that the original SWAT- structure as well as the SWAT-G structure (which was applied to other low mountain catchments in Germany) are not able to acceptably represent the hydrograph. However, a hybrid of the two structures, specifically designed to reflect differences between the mountainous regions and the more gentle topography does result in a satisfactory representation of the hydrograph. The inclusion of elements from of both model structures (original SWAT and SWAT-G) seems to be the best way to reflect our hydrological process understanding, producing results which capture both the runoff response and the spatial variation in the mechanisms responsible for it.

  7. How well does the ERA40 surface water budget compare to observations in the Amazon River basin?

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    Kátia Fernandes; Rong Fu; Alan K. Betts

    2008-01-01

    The surface water budget of the Amazon River basin derived from the ERA40 reanalysis is evaluated by comparing it with observed precipitation (P), streamflow\\/runoff (R), and evapotranspiration (ET) data sets for the period of 1980-2002. The rainfall is averaged over 90% of the Amazon River basin, corresponding to the catchments of the Óbidos and Altamira streamflow gauges. The annual rainfall

  8. How well does the ERA40 surface water budget compare to observations in the Amazon River basin?

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kátia Fernandes; Rong Fu; Alan K. Betts

    2008-01-01

    The surface water budget of the Amazon River basin derived from the ERA40 reanalysis is evaluated by comparing it with observed precipitation (P), streamflow\\/runoff (R), and evapotranspiration (ET) data sets for the period of 1980–2002. The rainfall is averaged over 90% of the Amazon River basin, corresponding to the catchments of the Óbidos and Altamira streamflow gauges. The annual rainfall

  9. Response of rock-fissure seepage to snowmelt in Mount Taihang slope-catchment, North China.

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    Cao, Jiansheng; Liu, Changming; Zhang, Wanjun

    2013-01-01

    The complex physiographic and hydrogeological systems of mountain terrains facilitate intense rock-fissure seepages and multi-functional ecological interactions. As mountain eco-hydrological terrains are the common water sources of river basins across the globe, it is critical to build sufficient understanding into the hydrological processes in this unique ecosystem. This study analyzes infiltration and soil/rock-fissure seepage processes from a 65 mm snowfall/melt in November 2009 in the typical granitic gneiss slope catchment in the Taihang Mountains. The snowfall, snowmelt and melt-water processes are monitored using soil-water time-domain reflectometry (TDR) probes and tipping bucket flowmeters. The results suggest that snowmelt infiltration significantly influences soil/rock water seepage in the 0-100 cm soil depth of the slope-catchment. It is not only air temperature that influences snowmelt, but also snowmelt infiltration and rock-fissure seepage. Diurnal variations in rock-fissure seepage are in close correlation with air temperature (R(2) > 0.7). Temperature also varies with soil/rock water viscosity, which element in turn influences soil/rock water flow. Invariably, water dynamics in the study area is not only a critical water supply element for domestic, industrial and agricultural uses, but also for food security and social stability. PMID:23128629

  10. Preliminary concentrations

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    Edinburgh, University of

    Sampling methods 210 Rain : Preliminary rain results show that the concentrations of 210 Pb and 7(roughly 5 half­lives of 210 Pb)[Nozaki et al. 1978]. On the basis of these criteria, soil samples were a 10 cm­diameter corer into the soil, five sets of samples were obtained at each sites(10 sites), from

  11. Hydrologic regime alteration of a Mediterranean catchment under climate change projection

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    Sellami, Haykel; Benabdallah, Sihem; La Jeunesse, Isabelle; Herrmann, Frank; Vanclooster, Marnik

    2014-05-01

    Most of the climate models projections for the Mediterranean basin have showed that the region will likely to experience a general tendency towards drier climate conditions with decreases in total precipitation, increases in temperature, alterations in the rainfall extreme events and droughts frequency (IPCC, 2007; Giorgi and Lionello, 2008; López-Moreno et al., 2011). The region is already suffering from water resources scarcity and vulnerability which are expected to amplify in the next century (Ludwig et al., 2011; Schneider et al., 2013). Therefore, assessing the impact of climate change on the hydrologic regime of Mediterranean catchments is with a major concern not only to scientist but also to water resources policy makers and general public. However, most of the climate change impact studies focus on the flow regime on global or regional scale rather than on the catchment scale which is more useful and more appropriate to guide practical mitigation and adaptation policy. This is because hydro-climate modeling at the local scale is confronted to the variability in climate, topography, geology, lack of observations and anthropogenic activities within the catchment. Furthermore, it is well recognized that hydrological and climate models forecasts are always affected with uncertainty making the assessment of climate change impact on Mediterranean catchment hydrology more challenging. This work aims to assess the impact of climate change on a Mediterranean catchment located in North Africa (the Chiba catchment in northeast Tunisia) through a conjunctive use of physically based hydrological model (SWAT) driven with four climate models*. Quantification of the impact of climate change has been conducted by means of the Indicators of Hydrologic Alteration (Richter et al., 1996) which are also ecologically meaningful. By comparing changes in these indicators in the reference period (1971-2000) to the projected ones in the future (2041-2070), it was possible to draw the following results. Climate change at the horizon of 2050 is likely to induce severe changes on the magnitude, frequency and extremes of the flow in the Chiba catchment. Monthly flow discharge is likely to be reduced by a median relative change (in respect to the reference period) ranging between -15% in summer to -40% in winter months. The maximum and minimum flow magnitude of different time duration (1-day, 3-days, 7-days, 30-days and 90-days) are likely to experience a significant decrease at the horizon of 2050. However, no significant change is projected in the timing of the flow. Changes in the flow duration curve suggest that the Chiba catchment is likely to face drier and more intermittent condition in the future. However, the predictions remain uncertain especially for high flows with flow percentiles equaled or exceeded less than 10% of the time. This study highlights the alarming situation that the Chiba catchment is likely to face in the future due to change in climate. More water threats and shortage are expected to occur which may threat the livelihood, the ecosystem and the local socio-economic development of the region. Therefore, the need for practical management plans that cope with those changes in climate and hydrology of the catchment is apparent. * Climate models were produced in the framework of the CLIMB project (Climate Induced Changes on the Hydrology of Mediterranean Basins; http://www.climb-fp7.eu/home/home.php). References Giorgi, F., and Lionello, P.: Climate change projections for the Mediterranean region, Global and Planetary Change, 63, 90-104, 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2007.09.005, 2008. IPCC: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Solomon, S., D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M. Tignor and H.L. Miller (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, 996, 2007. López-Moreno, J. I., Vicente-Serrano, S. M., Moran-Tejeda, E., Zabalza, J., Lorenzo-Lacruz,

  12. Assessing anthropogenic influence on the hydrology of small peri-urban catchments: Development of the object-oriented PUMMA model by integrating urban and rural hydrological models

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    Jankowfsky, S.; Branger, F.; Braud, I.; Rodriguez, F.; Debionne, S.; Viallet, P.

    2014-09-01

    Distributed hydrological models are useful tools for process understanding and water management, especially in peri-urban catchments where the landscape heterogeneity is large, caused by a patchwork of natural and urbanized areas. This paper presents the Peri-Urban Model for landscape MAnagement (PUMMA) built within the LIQUID® modeling framework, specifically designed to study the hydrology of peri-urban catchments. It combines rural and urban hydrological models, and is used for process understanding. The originality of PUMMA is to follow a fully object-oriented approach, for both model mesh building and process representation. Urban areas, represented by cadastral units and rural areas divided in Hydrological Response Units are thus modeled with different interacting process modules. This provides a detailed representation of the runoff generation on natural and impervious areas. Furthermore, the exchange between process modules facilitates the simulation of subsurface and overland flow, as well as groundwater drainage by sewer pipes. Several drainage networks can coexist and interact (e.g. via storm water overflow devices) and water can be stored in retention basins, which allows the modeling of complex suburban drainage systems with multiple outlets. The model is then applied to the Chaudanne catchment (2.7 km2), located in the suburbs of Lyon, France. The uncalibrated model results show the importance of surface runoff from impervious areas for summer events and flow contributions from rural zones for winter events. Furthermore, the model reveals that the retention capacity of the Chaudanne catchment is larger than for classical urban catchments due to the peri-urban character of the catchment.

  13. Modelling the catchment-scale environmental impacts of wastewater treatment in an urban sewage system for CO? emission assessment.

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    Mouri, Goro; Oki, Taikan

    2010-01-01

    Water shortages and water pollution are a global problem. Increases in population can have further acute effects on water cycles and on the availability of water resources. Thus, wastewater management plays an important role in mitigating negative impacts on natural ecosystems and human environments and is an important area of research. In this study, we modelled catchment-scale hydrology, including water balances, rainfall, contamination, and urban wastewater treatment. The entire water resource system of a basin, including a forest catchment and an urban city area, was evaluated synthetically from a spatial distribution perspective with respect to water quantity and quality; the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) technique was applied to optimize wastewater treatment management with the aim of improving water quality and reducing CO? emissions. A numerical model was developed to predict the water cycle and contamination in the catchment and city; the effect of a wastewater treatment system on the urban region was evaluated; pollution loads were evaluated quantitatively; and the effects of excluding rainwater from the treatment system during flooding and of urban rainwater control on water quality were examined. Analysis indicated that controlling the amount of rainwater inflow to a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in an urban area with a combined sewer system has a large impact on reducing CO? emissions because of the load reduction on the urban sewage system. PMID:20729603

  14. Assessment of climate change impact on hydrological extremes in two source regions of the Nile River Basin

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    M. T. Taye; V. Ntegeka; N. P. Ogiramoi; P. Willems

    2010-01-01

    The potential impact of climate change was investigated on the hydrology and hydrological extremes of Nyando River and Lake Tana catchments, located in two source regions of the Nile River basin. Climate change scenarios were developed for rainfall and potential evapotranspiration (ETo), considering 17 different General Circulation Model (GCM) simulations to better understand the range of possible future change. Projected

  15. Assessment of climate change impact on hydrological extremes in two source regions of the Nile River Basin

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    M. T. Taye; V. Ntegeka; N. P. Ogiramoi; P. Willems

    2011-01-01

    The potential impact of climate change was investigated on the hydrological extremes of Nyando River and Lake Tana catchments, which are located in two source regions of the Nile River basin. Climate change scenarios were developed for rainfall and potential evapotranspiration (ETo), considering 17 General Circulation Model (GCM) simulations to better understand the range of possible future change. They were

  16. Investigation of in situ weathering of quartz diorite bedrock in the Rio Icacos basin, Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico

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    Benjamin F. Turner; Robert F. Stallard; Susan L. Brantley

    2003-01-01

    The Rio Icacos basin, in Puerto Rico, is the site of the highest measured chemical solute fluxes for a catchment on granodiorite; this is partly attributable to high annual rainfall (4300 mm), high average temperature (23 °C), and moderate relief. The bulk of these fluxes is contributed by dissolution of plagioclase and amphiboles in zones of partially weathered rock (0.5–1.5

  17. Unsustainability of water resources in the Upper Laja River Basin, Mexico: Social-hydrology interactions in a regional overexploited aquifer with increasing concentrations of fluoride, arsenic and sodium

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    Ortega, A.

    2013-05-01

    The Upper Laja River Basin, also known as the Independence Basin (IB), with an area of 7,000 km2 and a population near to 500,000 inhabitants is part of the regional Lerma-Chapala Basin in Central Mexico. Groundwater is the main source for drinking water supply, agriculture and industrial uses. Total groundwater extraction is in the order of 1,000 million of m3/a, through near to 3,000 wells in the basin, from which about 85% is for agriculture production, mainly for exportation. Historical hydrologic information in the basin showed the existence of numerous streams, rivers and lakes within the catchments in addition to thousands of springs in the discharge area. At present there is not permanent runoff in the main river and most of the springs and associated ecosystems have disappeared. Water table in the aquifer is between 100 and 200 m depth with decreasing rates between 2 m/a and 10 m/a, while 60 years ago water tables was near ground surface. Dissolved concentration of arsenic and fluoride in groundwater is increasing with time, causing severe health effects in rural villages and more recently in the main urban centers. Increasing concentration of sodium is affecting soil productivity and plant grow, where several hectares of land are been abandoned. There are several pieces of evidence that show the unsustainability of water resources in the IB creating complex social-hydrology interactions: Human actions are impairing the long-term renewability of freshwater stocks and flows. Basic water requirement are not been guaranteed to all inhabitants to maintain human health, neither to restore nor to maintain the remaining ecosystems. Water quality does not meet certain minimum standards in most of the basin. Water-planning and decision making are not democratic, the COTAS, a representation of water users is controlled by farmers with political power; therefore, limiting the participation of other parties and fostering direct participation of affected interests. Institutional mechanisms are not capable to prevent and resolve conflicts over water; moreover, data on water resources availability, use, and quality are not accessible for all parties, promoting a potential crisis on water governance. To revert this water resources crisis in the IB, a social participation is needed and supported with scientific information. Preliminary results on participatory approaches will be discussed.

  18. Nitrate contamination of groundwater in the catchment of Gocza?kowice reservoir

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    Czekaj, Joanna; Witkowski, Andrzej J.

    2014-05-01

    Gocza?kowice dammed reservoir (area - 26 km2 , volume - 100 million m3 at a typical water level) is a very important source of drinking water for Upper Silesian agglomeration. At the catchment of the reservoir there are many potential sources of groundwater pollution (agriculture, bad practices in wastewater management, intensive fish farming). Thus local groundwater contamination, mainly by nitrogen compounds. The paper presents groundwater monitoring system and preliminary results of the research carried on at Gocza?kowice reservoir and its catchment in 2010 - 2014 within the project "Integrated system supporting management and protection of dammed reservoir (ZiZoZap)'. The main objective for hydrogeologists in the project is to assess the role of groundwater in total water balance of the reservoir and the influence of groundwater on its water quality. During research temporal variability of groundwater - surface water exchange has been observed. Monitoring Network of groundwater quality consists of 22 observation wells (nested piezometers included) located around the reservoir - 13 piezometers is placed in two transects on northern and southern shore of reservoir. Sampling of groundwater from piezometers was conducted twice - in autumn 2011 and spring 2012. Maximum observed concentrations of nitrate, nitrite and ammonium were 255 mg/L, 0,16 mg/L and 3,48 mg/L, respectively. Surface water in reservoir (8 points) has also been sampled. Concentrations of nitrate in groundwater are higher than in surface water. Nitrate and ammonium concentrations exceeding standards for drinking water were reported in 18% and 50% of monitored piezometers, respectively. High concentration of nitrate (exceeding more than 5 times maximal admissible concentration) have been a significant groundwater contamination problem in the catchment of the reservoir. Periodically decrease of surface water quality is possible. Results of hydrogeological research indicate substantial spatial variability in concentrations of nitrogen compounds in groundwater of the Quaternary aquifer. To determine an origin of nitrate in groundwater the study of isotopic composition of nitrogen and oxygen in nitrate was conducted.

  19. Identification of hydrologically similar basins by means of parameter transfer with a view to regionalization

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    Hellebrand, Hugo; Ley, Rita; Casper, Markus; Fenicia, Fabrizio

    2015-04-01

    In hydrology the transfer of information between basins is the basis for all kinds of regionalization. A supposed hydrological similarity between basins is usually based on similar basin properties or spatial proximity. However, even for gauged basins, knowledge of relevant information that represent similar processes is often lacking. The spatial transfer of a calibrated model, commonly referred to as regionalization, is based on the assumption that if hydrological characteristics of two catchments are almost identical, their hydrological responses will be similar. We assume that good performing, well calibrated models represent various relevant runoff processes in a sufficient way. The transfer of a calibrated model between gauged basins and the analysis of their performances can thus serve as a diagnostic approach to identify hydrologically similar basins without identifying a priori basin properties. We calibrate model structures generated with the SUPERFLEX framework for 53 basins in Rhineland Palatinate. Thus, for each basin a calibrated model is represented by a specific model structure and a specific set of model parameters. The use of different model structures avoids model specific results. In a consecutive step, the calibrated models that are run with input data from other basins represent the model transfer. To assess the performance of a model for a single basin we use the Nash and Sutcliffe Efficiency and signature indices derived from the flow duration curve as performance measures. We assume hydrologic similarity between basin "A" and basin "B" if a model that has been calibrated on "A" and applied (i.e. transferred) to "B" renders a similar performance as the model that is calibrated on "B". A poor performance with the transferred model refers to a dissimilar basin. The next step is to analyse why basins display hydrological similarity by means of model transfer. We look for similarities in runoff behaviour, catchment properties or spatial proximity within groups of similar basins. This leads to an identification of decisive runoff processes represented by a specific model structure. This approach allows for new approaches of identifying similarities between basins that can be used for basin classification and regionalisation.

  20. Comparison of drought occurrence in selected Slovak and Czech catchments

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    Fendekova, Miriam; Fendek, Marian; Porubska, Diana; Hanel, Martin; Horacek, Stanislav; Martinkova, Marta; Vizina, Adam

    2014-05-01

    The presented study is focused on the analysis and comparison of hydrological drought occurrence, development and duration in six small to middle sized catchments in the Czech Republic (CZ) and Slovakia. The main questions to be answered are: (1) are there correlations between the physical conditions in the catchments and drought occurrence, and (2) does the spatial trend of drought occurrence exist. The Žitava catchment is located in the central western part of Slovakia having runoff dominated by rainfall with the contribution of snow melting during the spring period. The Belá River catchment is located on the contact of Západné and Vysoké Tatry Mts. in the north of Slovakia. The runoff is snow to snow-rain combined type. The ?up?ianka catchment is located on the northern slopes of the Nízke Tatry Mts. in the northern part of the central Slovakia. The runoff regime is snow-rain combined in the upper part of the catchment, and of rain-snow type in the rest of catchment. The Rakovnický potok brook (CZ) has its spring in Rakovnická pahorkatina hilly land. Runoff is dominated by rainfall, quite heavily influenced by water uptakes in the catchment. The Teplá River (CZ) originates in peat meadows in the western part of the Czech Republic. Runoff is dominated by rainfall. The Metuje catchment (CZ) is formed by Adršsbach-Teplické st?ny Upland. The headwater part is typical by deeply incest valleys, table mountains and pseudokarst caves. The discharge is fed dominantly by groundwater. The streamflow drought was characterized using discharge data, the groundwater drought using the base flow values. The local minimum method was used for base flow separation. The threshold level method (Q80, BF80) and the sequent peak algorithm were used for calculation of drought duration in discharge and base flow time series. The data of the same three decades of the common period (1971 - 1980, 1981 - 1990 and 1991 - 2000) were used. The resulting base flow values along with the discharges were re-calculated into specific discharge and base flow. The results showed that drought occurrence in evaluated Czech and Slovak catchment reflects very variable physical conditions in catchments, first of all the location of the catchment (latitude and altitude). The latitude difference reflects itself in starting time of drought which often propagates from the west to the east. The altitude is reflected in the seasonal pattern of drought, where drought in higher altitudes occurs much often in winter-spring period whereas in lower altitudes the summer-autumn droughts prevail. Total number of droughts with duration of more than 50 days was much higher in Slovak than in Czech catchments, which could reflect the more continental character of climate in Slovakia. Drought occurrence in Žitava catchment often followed the drought in Czech catchments; especially the drought in Teplá. On the other hand, drought occurrence in the Metuje catchment was in some cases closer to drought development in Slovakia than in other two Czech catchments. The longest drought in discharges, estimated for Rakovnický potok by the method of SPA lasting for 1569 days in 2006 - 2010 period was caused probably by the human activities, because in none of other evaluated catchments such a long drought in the same or similar period occurred. Acknowledgments The research was done and results were published with the financial contribution of project No. APVV-0089-12 as well as projects No. 7AMB12SK167 and APVV-SK-CZ-0156-11 financed by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic and APVV agency of the Slovak Republic.

  1. Hydrological and sedimentation implications of landscape changes in a Himalayan catchment due to bioenergy cropping

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    Remesan, Renji; Holman, Ian; Janes, Victoria

    2015-04-01

    There is a global effort to focus on the development of bioenergy and energy cropping, due to the generally increasing demand for crude oil, high oil price volatility and climate change mitigation challenges. Second generation energy cropping is expected to increase greatly in India as the Government of India has recently approved a national policy of 20 % biofuel blending by 2017; furthermore, the country's biomass based power generation potential is estimated as around ~24GW and large investments are expected in coming years to increase installed capacity. In this study, we have modelled the environmental influences (e.g.: hydrology and sediment) of scenarios of increased biodiesel cropping (Jatropha curcas) using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) in a northern Indian river basin. SWAT has been applied to the River Beas basin, using daily Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) precipitation and NCEP Climate Forecast System Reanalysis (CFSR) meteorological data to simulate the river regime and crop yields. We have applied Sequential Uncertainty Fitting Ver. 2 (SUFI-2) to quantify the parameter uncertainty of the stream ?ow modelling. The model evaluation statistics for daily river flows at the Jwalamukhi and Pong gauges show good agreement with measured flows (Nash Sutcliffe efficiency of 0.70 and PBIAS of 7.54 %). The study has applied two land use change scenarios of (1) increased bioenergy cropping in marginal (grazing) lands in the lower and middle regions of catchment (2) increased bioenergy cropping in low yielding areas of row crops in the lower and middle regions of the catchment. The presentation will describe the improved understanding of the hydrological, erosion and sediment delivery and food production impacts arising from the introduction of a new cropping variety to a marginal area; and illustrate the potential prospects of bioenergy production in Himalayan valleys.

  2. Nutrient fluxes from coastal California catchments with suburban development

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    Melack, J. M.; Leydecker, A.; Beighley, E.; Robinson, T.; Coombs, S.

    2005-12-01

    Numerous streams originate in the mountains fringing California's coast and transport nutrients into coastal waters. In central California, these streams traverse catchments with land covers including chaparral, grazed grasslands, orchards, industrial agriculture and suburban and urban development. Fluvial nutrient concentrations and fluxes vary as a function of these land covers and as a function of considerable fluctuations in rainfall. As part of a long-term investigation of mobilization and fluvial transport of nutrients in catchments bordering the Santa Barbara Channel we have intensively sampled nutrient concentrations and measured discharge during storm and base flows in multiple catchments and subcatchments. Volume-weighted mean concentrations of nitrate generally ranged from 5 to 25 micromolar in undeveloped areas, increased to about 100 micromolar for suburban and most agricultural catchments, and were in excess of 1000 micromolar in catchments with greenhouse-based agriculture. Phosphate concentrations ranged from 2 to 20 micromolar among the catchments. These data are used to examine the premise that the suburbanized portion of the catchments is the primary source of nutrients to the streams.

  3. Biogeochemical and Hydrological Heterogeneity and Emergent Archetypical Catchment Response Patterns

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    Jawitz, J. W.; Gall, H. E.; Rao, P. S.

    2014-12-01

    What can stream hydrologic and biogeochemical signals tell us about interactions among spatially heterogeneous hydrological and biogeochemical processes at the catchment-scale? We seek to understand how the spatial structure of solute sources coupled with both stationary and nonstationary hydroclimatic drivers affect observed archetypes of concentration-discharge (C-Q) patterns. These response patterns are the spatially integrated expressions of the spatiotemporal structure of solutes exported from managed catchments, and can provide insight into likely ecological consequences of receiving water bodies (e.g., wetlands, rivers, lakes, and coastal waters). We investigated the following broad questions: (1) How does the spatial correlation between the structure of flow-generating areas and biogeochemical source areas across a catchment evolve under stochastic hydro-climatic forcing? (2) What are the feasible hydrologic and biogeochemical responses that lead to the emergence of archetypical C-Q patterns? and; (3) What implications do these coupled dynamics have for catchment monitoring and implementation of management practices? We categorize the observed temporal signals into three archetypical C-Q patterns: dilution; accretion, and constant concentration. We applied a parsimonious stochastic model of heterogeneous catchments, which act as hydrologic and biogeochemical filters, to examine the relationship between spatial heterogeneity and temporal history of solute export signals. The core concept of the modeling framework is considering the type and degree of spatial correlation between solute source zones and flow generating zones, and activation of different portions of the catchments during rainfall events. Our overarching hypothesis is that each archetype C-Q pattern can be generated by explicitly linking landscape-scale hydrologic responses and spatial distributions of solute source properties within a catchment. We compared observed multidecadal data to simulation results and find that the model simulations reproduce the three major C-Q patterns observed in published data, offering valuable insight into coupled catchment processes. The findings can be used to develop effective catchment management and stream monitoring strategies.

  4. Tracking variations of catchment storage with stable water isotopes

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    Heidbuechel, I.; Troch, P. A.

    2012-04-01

    The hydrologic response function (HRF) describes how fast a catchment responds to a precipitation event. The transit time distribution (TTD) determines how long water from an event spends in a catchment. We know that the HRF and the TTD are different from each other if catchment storage varies in time. We can use this knowledge, reverse the logic and track storage in a catchment by determining how the HRF and the TTD vary over a period of time. The HRF can be determined by comparing water fluxes into and out of the catchment. The TTD is most easily measured by using stable water isotopes as tracers and keeping track of them in both inflow and outflow. The difference in the shape of the two functions informs us whether water is being released from storage or whether water is added to storage. If a catchment reacts very fast to a precipitation event (short HRF) but the TTD of the event is skewed towards longer transit times, it means that a large fraction of the outflowing water will be released from storage (pre-event water). If a catchment reacts more slowly, then the shapes of the HRF and the TTD are more similar and a higher fraction of outflow will be event water. We used isotope and water flux data from a small mountainous semi-arid catchment with high variability in total catchment storage to demonstrate that the method yields reasonable results. We also ran an infiltration model (HYDRUS) to test our hypothesis for different scenarios (antecedent moisture conditions and precipitation event properties).

  5. A catchment-integrated approach to determine the importance of secondary sources of contaminated sediment

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    Andres Lopez-Tarazon, Jose; Byrne, Patrick; Mullan, Donal; Smith, Hugh

    2015-04-01

    Water pollution has been identified as one of the most important environmental challenges of the early 21st Century. The Water Framework Directive (WFD) (2008/105/EC) explicitly recognises the risk to water resources posed by sediment-associated contaminants in European river basins. The potential impacts on water supply and the biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems from sediment and associated contaminants may be further exacerbated by climate change pressures on water resources, as highlighted in the 2009 EU White Paper "Adapting to climate change: Towards a European framework for action" (SEC(2009) 386, 387, 388). Despite these concerns, the role of floodplains and other storage areas as secondary sources of contaminated sediment (i.e. metals) in river basins affected by historic industrial or mining pollution has been largely overlooked. Thereby, besides the sediment which is transported by the river, secondary sources of contaminants represent a credible threat to achieving EU water quality targets set by the WFD. This project addresses this issue by developing a catchment-based approach looking at metal geochemistry from source to sink (i.e., from sediment generation at slopes, passing through sediment transported by the river system, to sediment deposition at the storage areas to the outlet) and develop a geochemical model to predict the chemical aspects of metals transport and transformation. This approach will allow us to quantify (i) the sediment fluxes and associated contaminants flowing through the river, (ii) the storage areas contributions to downstream contaminated sediment fluxes, (ii) the timescales for the storage and removal of contaminated sediment in the sinks, and (iv) the transformation and bioavailability of the pollutants (i.e. metals) along the basin. Both physical and chemical aspects of metal transport will be considered by looking at metal geochemistry, mobility and bioavailability, hence producing information on chemical metal transport and transformation from source to sink. Different metal species rather than bulk metals will be investigated providing information on potential metal mobility (and what environmental processes might force mobility) and bioavailability. Biological work (i.e. macroinvertebrates samplings, PCA and CCA techniques) will also carried out to apply contaminant-ecosystem models and determine the affectation of pollutants over the biology/ecology. Finally, catchment-based hydro-sedimentological models will be applied to study how different global-change scenarios could alter sediment (and hence) metals transport. This way, present work will generate better understanding of the environmental risk derived from sediment mobility in contaminated systems, a critical information which will provide river basin managers with the means to assess the potential impact of the secondary sources of water pollution in European rivers.

  6. Landslide hazard analysis - a case study in WuShe reservoir catchment

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    Huang, C. M.

    2014-12-01

    A complete landslide inventory covering a long time span is the foundation for landslide hazard analysis. Previous studies only estimate landslide susceptibility because enough landslide inventory was usually unavailable. This study collects the spot image of ten events from 1994 to 2009 of WuShe reservoir catchment in central Taiwan. All of landslide inventories were manual interpretation from spot image. The recent and expanded landslide inventory due to the event was identified from the landslide inventory of pre and post event. The recent landslide inventory was used to conduct landslide hazard evaluation.This study follows the landslide hazard analysis framework of CNR-IRPR in Italy, which had demonstrated how the spatial probability, temporal probability and size probability of each slope-unit were calculated. Landslide hazard in WuShe reservoir catchment was obtained following the procedure. The preliminary validated result shows that the prediction of landslide hazard in high landslide hazard region was better, when compared with landslide susceptibility.However, the reliability of temporal probability and size probability were related to the number of landslide inventories. When no landslide was recorded, or lack of suitable landslide inventory, would lead to the incorrect analysis of landslide hazard. The event based spatial probability was affected by rainfall distribution, but the rainfall distribution of different typhoons were usually highly variable. Next phase of this study would attempt to discuss these issues and develop a suitable framework for landslide hazard analysis in Taiwan.

  7. Sediment budget estimation in a small torrential catchment using DEM of difference approach

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    Bezak, Nejc; Grigillo, Dejan; Rusjan, Simon; Šraj, Mojca; Urban?i?, Tilen; Kozmus Trajkovski, Klemen; Petrovi?, Dušan; Mikoš, Matjaž

    2015-04-01

    The aim of the study was to estimate the sediment budget (net erosion change) in a small torrential catchment using the DEM of difference (DoD) approach. The Kuzlovec torrent (~ 0.7 km2; in the Gradaš?ica River catchment) is located approximately 20 km west of the City of Ljubljana and is part of the Sava River basin. The elevation ranges between 394 and 847 m.a.s.l, the mean catchment slope is 27.3°, the mean annual precipitation typically ranges between 1600 to 1800 mm, forest covers more than 85% of the area, and the predominant soil type is Rendzic Leptosol (according to the FAO classification). Using the Terestrical Laser Scanning (TLS) a digital terrain model (DTM) with a 5 cm grid cell was obtained. A smaller (about 25 m wide and 160 m long) specific study site with a mean slope of 37° was selected in order to ensure the high quality of data. A high resolution (several million points) surveys were performed in April 2013 and August 2014. In the night from 4th to 5th of August 2014 an extreme flash flood happened in the investigated area. Three tipping bucket rain gauges and one disdrometer, which are located in the Gradaš?ica River catchment, measured 110 to 185 mm of rainfall in less than 10 hours. Two rain gauges measured about 110 mm, one rain gauge (the closest to the Kuzloved torrent) recorded approximately 140 mm of rainfall, while the disdrometer measured 185 mm of rainfall. The estimated return period of this rainfall event (based on the rain gauge data) was between 100 and 250 years, however based on the disdrometer observations the return period was larger than 250 years. The Gumbel distribution was used in order to construct the intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) relationship and the data from 1976 to 2008 was used for this purpose. Furthermore, the maximum one minute rainfall intensity measured by the disdrometer was 288 mm/h. This high rainfall intensities triggered several shallow landslides and caused intense soil erosion processes, especially large bedload and suspended load movement along the stream channel network. A DoD approach was used to estimate the net erosion change in the selected section of the Kuzlovec torrent. A mean difference in the elevation between the DTM 2014 (after flash flood) and DTM 2013 (before flash flood) was -0.104 m. Based on the grid cell size (0.05 m) and number of cells (~ 1.93 106) a net erosion of about 500 m3 was calculated. Furthermore, uncertainty estimation is needed to validate the calculated net erosion change between two DTMs.

  8. Establishment of a catchment monitoring network through a participatory approach in a small rural catchment in South Africa

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    Kongo, V. M.; Kosgei, J. R.; Jewitt, G. P. W.; Lorentz, S. A.

    2007-10-01

    The establishment of a catchment monitoring network is a process, from the inception of the idea to its implementation, the latter being the construction of relevant gauging structures and installation of the various instruments. It is useful that the local communities and other stakeholders are involved and participate in such a process as was realised during the establishment of the hydrological monitoring network in the Potshini catchment in the Bergville district in the KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa. The paper illustrates the participatory application of various methods and techniques for establishing a hydrological monitoring network, in a small rural inhabited catchment, to monitor hydrological processes at both field and catchment scale for research purposes in water resources management. The authors conclude that the participation of the local community and other stakeholders in catchment monitoring and instilling the sense of ownership and management of natural resources to the local communities needs to be encouraged at all times. Success stories in water resources management by local communities can be realized if such a process is integrated with other development plans in the catchment at all forums with due recognition of the social dynamics of the communities living in the catchment.

  9. Data mining of external and internal forcing of fluvial systems for catchment management: A case study on the Red River (Song Hong), Vietnam

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    Schmitt, Rafael; Bizzi, Simone; Castelletti, Andrea

    2013-04-01

    The understanding of river hydromorphological processes has been recognized in the last decades as a priority of modern catchment management, since interactions of natural and anthropogenic forces within the catchment drives fluvial geomorphic processes, which shape physical habitat, affect river infrastructures and influence freshwater ecological processes. The characterization of river hydromorphological features is commonly location and time specific and highly resource demanding. Therefore, its routine application at regional or national scales and the assessment of spatio-temporal changes as reaction to internal and external disturbances is rarely feasible at present. Information ranging from recently available high-resolution remote-sensing data (such as DEM), historic data such as land use maps or aerial photographs and monitoring networks of flow and rainfall, open up novel and promising capacity for basin-wide understanding of dominant hydromorphological drivers. Analysing the resulting multiparametric data sets in their temporal and spatial dimensions requires sophisticated data mining tools to exploit the potential of this information. We propose a novel framework that allows for the quantitative assessment of multiparametric data sets to identify classes of channel reaches characterized by similar geomorphic drivers using remote-sensing data and monitoring networks available in the catchment. This generic framework was applied to the Red River (Song Hong) basin, the second largest basin (87,800 sq.km) in Vietnam. Besides its economic importance, the river is experiencing severe river bed incisions due to recent construction of new dams in the upstream part of the catchment and sand mining in the surrounding of the capital city Hanoi. In this context, characterized by an high development rate, current efforts to increase water productivity and minimize impacts on the fluvial systems by means of focused infrastructure and management measures require a thorough understanding of the fluvial system and, in particular, basin-wide assessment of resilience to human-induced change. . The framework proposed has allowed producing high-dimensional samples of spatially distributed geomorphic drivers at catchment scale while integrating recent and historic point records for the Red River basin. This novel dataset has been then analysed using self-organizing maps (SOM) an artificial neural network model in combination with fuzzy clustering. The above framework is able to identify non-trivial correlations in driving forces and to derive a fuzzy classification at reach scale which represents continuities and discontinuities in the river systems. The use of the above framework allowed analyzing the spatial distribution of geomorphic features at catchment scale, revealing patterns of similarities and dissimilarities within the catchment and allowing a classification of river reaches characterized by similar geomorphic drivers, fluvial processes and response to external forcing. The paper proposes an innovative and promising technique to produce hydromorphological classifications at catchment scale integrating historical and recent available high resolution data. The framework aims at opening the way to a more structured organization and analyses of recently available information on river geomorphic features, so far often missing or rarely exploited. This approach poses the basis to produce efficient databases of river geomorphic features and processes related to natural and anthropogenic drivers. That is a necessity in order to enhance our understanding of the internal and external forces which drive fluvial systems, to assess the resilience and dynamic of river landscapes and to develop the more efficient river management strategies of the future.

  10. Analysis on radiocesium concentration in rivers that have catchment areas affected by the fallout from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

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    Taniguchi, Keisuke; Yoshimura, Kazuya; Sakaguchi, Aya; Yamamoto, Masayoshi; Onda, Yuichi

    2014-05-01

    Due to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, radioactive materials including Cs-134 and Cs-137 were widely distributed in surrounded area. The radiocesiums have been transported in river networks. This study showed the monitoring results of radiocesium concentration in river waters and suspended sediments in Abukuma river basin and smaller coastal river catchments. The monitoring started at 6 sites from June 2011. Subsequently, additional 24 monitoring sites were installed between October 2012 and January 2013. Flow and turbidity (for calculation of suspended sediment concentration) were measured at each site, while suspended sediments and river water were collected every one or half month to measure Cs-134 and Cs-137 activity concentrations by gamma spectrometry. Activity concentrations of Cs-134 and Cs- 137 on suspended sediments were generally decreasing at all sites. The decreasing rate changed lower at about one year later from the accident. Activity concentration in river waters also showed the same tendency although there are only few data within 1 year from the accident. Activity concentrations measured at the same day are proportional to the mean catchment inventory. Therefore, the activity concentration can be normalized by the mean catchment inventory. The normalized activity can be fitted to following double exponential function: [At] = 1.551 exp (-5.265t) + 0.069 exp (-0.266 t), where t [year] is the time from the accident. There is no time evolution of Kd between suspended sediments and river water. Instead, Kd was varied spatially. Although the reason of the spatial variation is not clear for now, geology of the catchment (i.e. mineral composition of suspended particles) seems to relate to the variation.

  11. Modeling scenarios for water resources management in a semi-arid catchment "Merguellil - Tunisia"

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    Abouabdillah, A.; Lo Porto, A.; de Girolamo, A. M.; Sakka, M.

    2009-04-01

    In the Mediterranean climatic zone, also labeled as semi-arid area, hydrological processes are largely variable both in time and space due to the high variability of rainfall regime, the influence of topography and the spatial distribution of geology, soil and land use. These processes may also have changed due to a range of human activities such as land use changes, dams building, soil and water conservations works. Besides, there is a general agreement that global climate change is taking place in the Mediterranean basin. The Merguellil catchment (Central Tunisia), as a typical Mediterranean semi-arid basin, suffers regular water shortage aggravated by current drought with different degrees of frequency, intensity and severity. In addition, the hydrological regime has been changed over the last decade in this catchment. The construction of the large El Haouareb dam (1989) increases the surface storage and evaporations losses. Soil and water Conservation Works (SWCW) (ie. benches terraces) and others small and large dams have altered the hydrological regime. In this study, the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT-2000) model was used in order to simulate the water and nutrient balance at the catchment scale. The simulation results revealed that evapotranspiration is the major component (91%) of the hydrological balance. Hydrological Calibration (1992-1994) and validation (1996-1998) have been carried out referring to a daily flow data at the Hafouz flowgage. The model performance was satisfactory and the Nash-Sutcliffe coefficient ranges between 0.3 to 0.5. The water quality simulation shows that Phosphorus simulated concentrations better matched existing measurements. In order to improve the availability of high quality water, three scenarios were generated. Firstly, the total or partial removal of SWCWs from the upstream area has shown an increase of the surface runoff and sediment loading at the outlet. Secondly, by reducing 20% in the applied fertilizers, no change was detected in the crop yield, whereas on a yearly scale, it has been noted a reduction in sediment and nutrient loads. Finally to assess the potential impact of climate change, the predicted precipitations and temperatures (for 2020, 2050 and 2080) from the general circulation model HadCm3 developed by UK Hadley Center for climatic prediction and research, were used. All the components of the water and nutrient balance are foreseen to decrease. A longer arid period in summer is also predicted leading to a decrease of the sediment and nutrient load in that period.

  12. Using catchment similarity for model parameter regionalization in highly anthropogenically impacted catchments in Lusatia

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    Pohle, Ina; Koch, Hagen; Gädeke, Anne; Grünewald, Uwe

    2013-04-01

    Due to large-scale interventions on the hydrological system by excessive open-cast lignite mining activities and water management measures for decades, there is no natural relationship between rainfall and runoff in the catchments of the rivers Spree, Schwarze Elster, and Lusatian Neisse. Impacts on the hydrological system of Lusatia include: (1) Ground water resources have been reduced by dewatering during the lignite excavation, (2) River discharges have been increased by mine discharges and annual variations have been evened out. Potential changes in future climate and land use conditions will certainly impact the natural hydrologic conditions of the region. The objective of this study is to set up hydrological models for the catchments of the rivers Spree, Schwarze Elster, and Lusatian Neisse as a prerequisite for climate and land use change impact studies. Due to the strong anthropogenic impact on the discharge, the traditional approach of calibrating hydrological models based on time series of observed discharges is constrained. Thus, the ecohydrological model Soil and Water Integrated Model (SWIM) was first calibrated and validated for representative subcatchments without influence of water management and mining activities. Different sets of optimum parameters could be identified. In order to decrease the risk of equifinality and to overcome overparameterization of the model each of the subcatchments was used as a donor for the parameter set of the others. Because this did not yield satisfactory results, parameters were recalibrated to identify the most sensitive model parameters in the region. Recalibration of three model parameters: (1) a factor for correcting potential evaporation calculated using a modified Turc-Ivanov approach, (2) a factor for correcting the coefficient of saturated hydraulic conductivity and (3) a factor for recession rates for two ground water layers resulted in a satisfactory model fit for those catchments. Calibrating these parameters also yielded good results for further subcatchments without influence of water management and mining activities. Catchment similarities enabled to set up the model also for highly impacted subcatchments and the whole catchments of Spree, Schwarze Elster, and Lusatian Neisse. The approach was successfully validated considering model results of further studies in the region as well as maps of long term annual undisturbed discharges.

  13. Nutrient concentrations and fluxes in the upper catchment of the Miyun Reservoir, China, and potential nutrient reduction strategies.

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    Jiao, Jian; Du, Pengfei; Lang, Cong

    2015-03-01

    The Miyun Reservoir is Beijing's main drinking water source. Increased nutrient levels in the reservoir have resulted in an increased risk of harmful algal blooms. One hundred ten water samples were collected at a range of spatial scales in the upper catchment of the Miyun Reservoir and were analyzed for total nitrogen (TN), nitrate (NO3 (-)-N), ammonium (NH4 (+)-N), total phosphorus (TP), and the potassium permanganate index (CODMn). Empirical equations were developed from relationships between nutrient concentrations and the main controls on nutrient, and were used to identify parts of the catchment that should be targeted with nutrient load reduction measures. Cropland was the main source of sediment for the streams, and much of the phosphorus was associated with sediment. The annual mean TP concentrations were closely correlated with both the annual mean suspended sediment concentrations and the ratio of the cropland area to the total basin area. There was a linear relationship between the annual mean TN concentration and the population density in the basins. Soil conservation may play an important role in reducing TP concentrations in the upper reaches of the Chao and Bai Rivers. It may be useful to (1) construct natural riparian buffers and vegetated buffers along croplands close to the watercourses, (2) implement management strategies to reduce nitrogen (N) fertilizer applications, and (3) construct additional wetlands to reduce nutrient loads in the study area. PMID:25673273

  14. Snow cover characteristics in a glacierized catchment in the Tyrolean Alps - Improved spatially distributed modelling by usage of Lidar data

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    Schöber, Johannes; Schneider, K.; Helfricht, K.; Schattan, P.; Achleitner, S.; Schöberl, F.; Kirnbauer, R.

    2014-11-01

    In the present paper multi-temporal Lidar (Light detection and ranging) data and Landsat images are used to assess the spatial variability of snow at the end of the accumulation season (April-May) in a glacierized catchment (167 km2) in Tyrol, Austria. Snow cover characteristics in the Tyrolean Alps have been analysed using regular snow measurements and snow course data. Results are used for the conversion of basin-wide Lidar snow depth into snow water equivalent (SWE). When considering different possible error sources, uncertainties of the mean basin-wide SWE obtained from Lidar are between 12% and 16%. Available distributions of SWE and snow covered area (SCA) in the catchment are used for the calibration and validation of the fully distributed hydrological model SES. The study focuses especially on the simulation of snow accumulation and the corresponding variability of snow. Observed accumulation patterns are related to the topography (elevation, slope and curvature), and according parameter settings of the hydrological model are derived by means of Monte Carlo simulations. The majority of the model runs simulates SCA for various datasets with an accuracy of 85-95%. The paper demonstrates that using SWE data is superior to SCA for constraining model parameter ranges. Results at the watershed scale are in agreement with respect to the total water volume of the snow cover with deviations lower than 5% between SWE from Lidar or from the hydrological model.

  15. Pesticide and metabolite fate, release and transport modelling at catchment scale

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    Gaßmann, Matthias; Olsson, Oliver; Bauer, Melanie

    2010-05-01

    Pesticides are of great concern in hydrological catchments all over the world. On the one hand they are necessary to guarantee stable agricultural production for an increasing population. On the other hand they endanger life of aquatic animals and freshwater resources. However, not only pesticides but also their degradation products, the metabolites, are toxic to the environment, in some cases even more than the parent material. Thus, it is necessary to optimize pesticide application and management of agricultural land (e.g. grass strips, erosion prevention) with respect and according to their behaviour and degradation in hydrological catchments. Modelling provides a sound tool for assessing the impacts of pesticide management changes on pesticide behaviour at the field and in consecutively surface waters. Most of the various models available in literature do not consider metabolism. This study introduces an applicable integrated model assessing the fate and release of a pesticide and one metabolite at the field and in surface waters of a hydrological catchment. For the development of the field release model, the single-equation pesticide release formula by the OECD (2000) was used, which combines sorption and degradation in one equation. The part of the equation calculating the degradation forms the input of a second OECD equation representing the metabolite with its own parameters. A fraction can be specified describing how much of the degradation product is transferred to the specific metabolite. The river network is simulated with a further development of the MOHID River Network model (MRN). The integration of a pesticide type and a metabolite, with their degradation and volatilization processes are the main improvements of the hydrodynamic channel model. Following, the combined model was set up to the Israeli part of the Upper Jordan River basin, especially the Hula valley. According to the local hydrological conditions, a linear storage with a threshold was applied to 26 subbasins as a hydrological base for the OECD equation. Virtually, 1000 kg of Chlorpyrifos were applied to the basin in two doses per year. The metabolite chosen in this test-application was TCP. The results showed pesticide and metabolite concentrations in the river at the catchment outlet in the expected order of magnitude. Field pesticide followed the application as Dirac-impulse with a subsequent exponential decay and lowering by overland flow removal. TCP field amounts, however, are a combination of two exponential equations resulting in a delayed, smaller and smoothed peak. The river network model showed its ability to simulate transport, mixture and mitigation of the pesticides. The test run showed the applicability of the new model chain to asses pesticide and metabolite release to surface waters in catchment systems, but has to be validated by measurements of those components. It is expected to gain these validation measurements in late 2010 by the project DYKE.

  16. Introduction to paleoenvironments of Bear Lake, Utah and Idaho, and its catchment

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    Rosenbaum, Joseph G.; Kaufman, Darrell S.

    2009-01-01

    In 1996 a group led by the late Kerry Kelts (University of Minnesota) and Robert Thompson (U.S. Geological Survey) acquired three piston cores (BL96-1, -2, and -3) from Bear Lake. The coring arose from their recognition of Bear Lake as a potential repository of long records of paleoenvironmental change. They recognized that the lake is located in an area that is sensitive to changes in regional climate patterns (Dean et al., this volume), that the lake basin is long lived (see Colman, 2006; Kaufman et al., this volume), and that, unlike many lakes in the Great Basin, Bear Lake was never dry during warm dry periods. Bear Lake lies in the northeastern Great Basin to the northeast of Great Salt Lake, just south of the Snake River drainage, and a short distance west of the Green River drainage that makes up part of the Upper Colorado River Basin (Fig. 1). Similarity among the historic Bear Lake and Great Salt Lake hydrographs and flows on the Green River indicates that the hydrology of Bear Lake reflects regional precipitation (Fig. 2). Therefore, paleorecords from Bear Lake are important to understanding past climate for a large region, including the Upper Colorado River Basin, the source of much of the water for the southwestern United States. Initially, paleoenvironmental studies of Bear Lake sediments focused on cores BL96-1, -2, and -3. Additional coring was conducted to elucidate the spatial distribution of sedimentary units and to extend the record back in time. The study was also expanded to include extensive study of the catchment, including the properties of catchment materials and the processes that could potentially affect the delivery of catchment materials to the lake. Cores BL96-1, -2, and -3 were taken with a Kullenburg piston corer along an east–west profile in roughly 50, 40, and 30 m of water, respectively (Table 1, Fig. 3). These three cores, each taken as a single 4- to 5-m-long segment, provide a nearly complete composite section from ca. 26 cal ka to the late Holocene. In 1998 a number of short gravity cores were taken from the uppermost water-rich sediments that were not sampled by the 1996 cores. During 2000, cores were taken with a percussion piston corer (manufactured by UWITEC) at three locations in and around Mud Lake and at two locations in the northern end of Bear Lake (Fig. 3). Cores acquired with the percussion corer comprise as many as three overlapping segments up to 2 m in length. In 2002, additional percussion piston cores and associated gravity cores of the uppermost sediments were acquired from five sites in the northern half of the lake. In conjunction with two of the cores collected in 2000, these cores form a north–south profile along a seismic line and span water depths from less than 10 m to ~40 m. Data from this profile provide much of the evidence for lake-level variations (Smoot and Rosenbaum, this volume). Finally, during 2000, two long cores, BL00-1D and -1E (collectively referred to here simply as BL00-1), were taken at a site near the depocenter during testing of the GLAD800 coring platform (Fig. 4; Dean et al., 2002). These cores provide a record back to ca. 220 ka.

  17. The random walk of tracers through river catchments

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    Bhattacharya, Atreyee

    2012-08-01

    River catchments play critical roles in regional economies and in the global economy. In addition, rivers carry large volumes of nutrients, pollutants, and several other forms of tracers into the ocean. An intricate system of pathways and channels, both on the surface and in the subsurface of catchments, allows rivers to carry large volumes of tracers. However, scientists do not yet fully understand how pollutants and other tracers travel through the intricate web of channels in the catchment areas of rivers. In a new study, Cvetkovic et al show that the travel path of tracers through channels can be modeled as a random walk, which is mathematically similar to the path an animal would trace when foraging. Previous studies have applied the random walk approach to understand the behavior of fluids flowing through aquifers and soils but not to model the transport mechanism of tracers that travel passively with water flowing through catchments.

  18. Evaluating human fecal contamination sources in Kranji Reservoir Catchment, Singapore

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    Nshimyimana, Jean Pierre

    2010-01-01

    Singapore government through its Public Utilities Board is interested in opening Kranji Reservoir to recreational use. However, water courses within the Kranji Reservoir catchment contain human fecal indicator bacteria ...

  19. Real-time kinematic catchment model for hydro operation

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    Stephenson, D.

    1986-08-01

    A 5,000 km/sup 2/ catchment in Transkei, Southern Africa is monitored with 10 rain gages which transmit data to a microcomputer model. The numerical model is based on the kinematic equations with both an overland flow/stream flow component and a subsurface component of flow for 14 sub-catchments. Both flood flows and base flows from the catchment are predicted using the model on a real-time basis. In addition to being able to predict flows ahead by the lag time of the catchment (of the order of one day), projection can be made further ahead using rainfall projections. The low cost of the receiving, transmitting and processing system is made possible by coupling simple tipping bucket type rain gages through a processor to a standard microcomputer. The numerical model is simple enough to operate on the microcomputer and can readily be extended to assist in operation of the hydroelectric station to optimize the available water.

  20. A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO STORMWATER MANAGEMENT AT THE catchment SCALE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Stormwater runoff from extensive impervious surfaces in urban and suburban areas has led to human safety risks and stream ecosystem impairment, triggering an interest in catchment-scale retrofit stormwater management. Such stormwater management is of multidisciplinary relevance, ...

  1. Volumetric runoff coefficients for experimental rural catchments in the Iberian Peninsula

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    Taguas, Encarnación V.; Molina, Cecilio; Nadal-Romero, Estela; Ayuso, José L.; Casalí, Javier; Cid, Patricio; Dafonte, Jorge; Duarte, Antonio C.; Farguell, Joaquim; Giménez, Rafael; Giráldez, Juan V.; Gómez, Helena; Gómez, Jose A.; González-Hidalgo, J. Carlos; Keizer, J. Jacob; Lucía, Ana; Mateos, Luciano; Rodríguez-Blanco, M. Luz; Schnabel, Sussane; Serrano-Muela, M. Pilar

    2015-04-01

    Analysis of runoff and peaks therein is essential for designing hydraulic infrastructures and for assessing the hydrological implications of likely scenarios of climate and/or land-use change. Different methods are available to calculate runoff coefficients. For instance, the runoff coefficient of a catchment can be described either as the ratio of total depth of runoff to total depth of rainfall or as the ratio of peak flow to rainfall intensity for the time of concentration (Dhakal et al. 2012). If the first definition is considered, runoff coefficients represent the global effect of different features and states of catchments and its determination requires a suitable analysis according to the objectives pursued (Chow et al.,