Buildup of discharge along the course of a mountain stream deduced from water-quality routings (EC routings)

C.A.J. Appelo, R. Becht, A.A. van de Griend, T.C.M. Spierings

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Abstract

A high-mountain stream in the northern Italian Alps has been surveyed for changes in electrical conductivity (EC) along the stream course. The EC of water contributing to the stream varies with the lithology drained, permitting a chemical gauging of contributing areas. EC routing of the stream allows recognition of small changes in discharge and gives a rapid semi-quantitative insight into the buildup of runoff production from various parts of the catchment under different hydrological conditions.

The method is considered a valuable tool for the recognition of different contributing areas. Under favourable circumstances it can show the response of sub-areas to changing hydrological conditions. The method may therefore contribute to a practical realisation of the partial contributing area concept in hydrology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-318
JournalJournal of hydrology
Volume66
Issue number1-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1983

Keywords

  • ADLIB-ART-1761
  • ITC-ISI-JOURNAL-ARTICLE

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