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Spatial Patterns in Catchment Hydrology


  • 111 b/w illus. 32 colour illus. 17 tables
  • Page extent: 416 pages
  • Size: 253 x 203 mm
  • Weight: 1.216 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 551.48/01/5118
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: GB980 .S66 2001
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Watershed hydrology--Mathematical models
    • Spatial analysis (Statistics)

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521633161 | ISBN-10: 0521633168)

Spatial Patterns in Catchment Hydrology brings together a number of recent field exercises in research catchments, that illustrate how the understanding and modelling capability of spatial processes can be improved by the use of observed patterns of hydrological response. The introductory chapters review the nature of hydrological variability, and introduce basic concepts related to measuring and modelling spatial hydrologic processes, providing the conceptual and theoretical background needed to move into this exciting area of research. The book demonstrates that there is rich information in patterns that provide much more stringent tests of the models and much greater insight into hydrological behaviour than traditional methods. Written in an intuitive and coherent manner, the book is ideal for researchers, graduate students and advanced undergraduates in hydrology, and a range of water related disciplines such as physical geography, earth sciences, environmental and civil engineering.

• First hydrology volume to focus on using observed spatial patterns in developing and testing spatial models • Contains enough background information on the subject to be accessible to those new to the area • Comprehensive and coherent treatment of subject matter throughout


Preface; Part I. Fundamentals: 1. Spatial processes, organisation and patterns Rodger Grayson and Günter Blöschl; 2. Spatial observations and interpolation Rodger Grayson and Günter Blöschl; 3. Spatial modelling of catchment dynamics Rodger Grayson and Günter Blöschl; 4. Patterns and organisation in precipitation Efi Foufoula-Georgiou and Venugopal Vuruptur; 5. Patterns and organisation in evaporation Lawrence E. Hipps and WIlliam P. Kustas; Part II. Case Studies: 6. Runoff, precipitation and soil moisture at Walnut Gulch Paul R. Houser, David C. Goodrich and Kamran H. Syed; 7. Spatial snow cover processes at Kühtai and Reynolds Creek David Tarboton, Günter Blöschl, Keith Cooley, Robert Kirnbauer and Charlie Luce; 8. Variable source areas, soil moisture and active microwave observation at Zwalmbeek and Coet-dan Peter A. Torch, Niko E. C. Verhoest, Philippe Gineste, Claudio Paniconi and Philippe Mérot; 9. Soil moisture and runoff processes at Tarrawarra Andrew W. Western and Rodger B. Grayson; 10. Storm runoff generation at La Cuenca Robert A. Vertessy, Helmut Elsenbeer Yves Bessard and Andreas Lack; 11. Shallow groundwater response at Minifelt R. Lamb, K. Beven and S. Myrabo; 12. Groundwater-vadose zone interactions at Trochu G. D. Salvucci and J. B. Levine; Part III. Implications: 13. Towards a formal approach to calibration and validation of models using spatial data Jens Christian Refsgaard; 14. Summary of pattern comparison and concluding remarks Rodger Grayson and Günter Blöschl.


'Highly recommended.' Hydrological Processes and HP Today

'This is a landmark volume … the production by Cambridge University Press is excellent.' Paul Bates, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

'These examples are generously illustrated by over 40 colour plates which are necessary for a visual display of the spatial variability of catchment parameters and their complexity. Although specialized and with more than 540 references, this book is most readable and will prove useful to those seeking a general understanding of hydrological processes. This valuable book comes at a time when there is a concerted effort to address the need for adequate scaling methodologies in distributed models and the development of new techniques to model catchment behaviour in ungauged catchments where there is currently no hydrological information.' Bulletin

'… this book … is not readable and will prove useful to those seeking a general understanding of hydrological processes …'. Hydrological Processes


Rodger Grayson, Gunter Blöschl, Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Venugopal Vuruputur, Lawrence E. Hipps, William P. Kustas, Paul R. Houser, David C. Goodrich, Kamran H. Syed, David Tarboton, Keith Cooley, Robert Kirnbauer, Charlie Luce, Peter A. Troch, Niko E. C. Verhoest, Philippe Gineste, Claudio Paniconi, Philippe Méro, Andrew W. Western, Robert A. Vertessy, Helmut Elsenbeer, Yves Bessard, Andreas Lack, R. Lamb, K. Beven, S. Myrabo, G. D. Salvucci, J. B. Levine, Jens Christian Refsgaard

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