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Record number 396752
Title Fundamental hydrological research results drawn from studies in small catchments
Author(s) Warmerdam, P.M.M.; Stricker, J.N.M.
Source In: Proceedings of the International Workshop on Status and Perspectives of Hydrology in Small Basins, Goslar-Hahnenklee, Germany, 30 March - 2 April 2009. - Wallingford : IAHS (IAHS publication 336) - ISBN 9781907161087 - p. 47 - 54.
Event Wallingford : IAHS (IAHS publication 336) - ISBN 9781907161087 International Workshop on Status and Perspectives of Hydrology in Small Basins, Goslar-Hahnenklee, Germany, 2009-03-30/2009-04-02
Department(s) Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management
WIMEK
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2009
Abstract The history of research in small experimental and representative catchments in the 20th century is briefly displayed, in particular with regard to water quantity experiments. The early studies up to about the 1960s dealt with impacts of forest cover on runoff volumes and peak flow rates, but did not explain why catchments responded as they did. Stimulated by the IHD of UNESCO, as from the 1960s numerous small research catchments have been set up for process studies to enhance the understanding of the hydrological behaviour of catchments. Although initially only precipitation and runoff could be measured, the technological developments in the 1970s opened the road for collecting time series of actual evaporation and soil moisture estimates. Many catchments studies have been conducted on runoff generation using e.g. isotope information of the various flow components contributing to flood events. These and many other studies in small experimental and representative catchments have much contributed to a better understanding of the hydrological processes and to improved hydrological modelling.
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