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Form and function in hillslope hydrology : Characterization of subsurface flow based on response observations

Angermann, Lisa; Jackisch, Conrad 1,2; Allroggen, Niklas; Sprenger, Matthias; Zehe, Erwin 1,2; Tronicke, Jens; Weiler, Markus; Blume, Theresa
1 Fakultät für Bauingenieur-, Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften – Institut für Hydrologie und Wasserwirtschaft (Inst. f. Hydrolog. u. Wasserwirt.), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
2 Institut für Wasser und Gewässerentwicklung (IWG), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The phrase form and function was established in architecture and biology and refers to the idea that form and functionality are closely correlated, influence each other, and co-evolve. We suggest transferring this idea to hydrological systems to separate and analyze their two main characteristics: their form, which is equivalent to the spatial structure and static properties, and their function, equivalent to internal responses and hydrological behavior. While this approach is not particularly new to hydrological field research, we want to employ this concept to explicitly pursue the question of what information is most advantageous to understand a hydrological system. We applied this concept to subsurface flow within a hillslope, with a methodological focus on function: we conducted observations during a natural storm event and followed this with a hillslope-scale irrigation experiment. The results are used to infer hydrological processes of the monitored system. Based on these findings, the explanatory power and conclusiveness of the data are discussed. The measurements included basic hydrological monitoring methods, like piezometers, soil moisture, and discharge measurements. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000072951
DOI: 10.5194/hess-21-3727-2017
Zitationen: 45
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Wasser und Gewässerentwicklung (IWG)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1027-5606, 1607-7938
KITopen-ID: 1000072951
Erschienen in Hydrology and earth system sciences
Verlag Copernicus Publications
Band 21
Heft 7
Seiten 3727-3748
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Web of Science
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