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Unravelling abiotic and biotic controls on the seasonal water balance using data-driven dimensionless diagnostics

Seibert, S. P.; Jackisch, C.; Ehret, U.; Pfister, L.; Zehe, E.

The baffling diversity of runoff generation processes, alongside our sketchy understanding of how physiographic characteristics control fundamental hydrological functions of water collection, storage, and release, continue to pose major research challenges in catchment hydrology. Here, we propose innovative data-driven diagnostic signatures for overcoming the prevailing status quo in catchment inter-comparison. More specifically, we present dimensionless double mass curves (dDMC) which allow inference of information on runoff generation and the water balance at the seasonal and annual timescales. By separating the vegetation and winter periods, dDMC furthermore provide information on the role of biotic and abiotic controls in seasonal runoff formation.

A key aspect we address in this paper is the derivation of dimensionless expressions of fluxes which ensure the comparability of the signatures in space and time. We achieve this by using the limiting factors of a hydrological process as a scaling reference. We show that different references result in different diagnostics. As such we define two kinds of dDMC which allow us to de ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Wasser und Gewässerentwicklung (IWG)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.5194/hess-21-2817-2017
ISSN: 1027-5606, 1607-7938
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-715271
KITopen ID: 1000071527
Erschienen in Hydrology and earth system sciences
Band 21
Heft 6
Seiten 2817-2841
Lizenz CC BY 4.0: Creative Commons Namensnennung 4.0 International
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