Questions tagged [hydrology]

Hydrology is the study of the properties and behaviour of water. It concerns both surface as well as subsurface water, although water in the oceans and atmosphere is generally excluded. Those are studied by oceanography and meteorology, respectively.

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What are these 'spine' land features on the banks of the Oder river?

Looking around on Google Maps, one can zoom in on the banks of the Oder river between Germany and Poland and find quite an extensive series of curious repeating land features along much of the river ...
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Can we know if a numerical model will converge or not according to the boundary conditions?

Consider a square 2D domain and a steady-state simulation. According to the geology of the domain, the North, South, West and East limits must be conditions of zero flow (Neumann). The aquifer ...
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What kind of circumstances could lead to extensive flooding of the Fraser River in British Columbia's Lower Mainland?

This might be a better question for Engineering.SE. I know that flash flooding to the extent and intensity that is seen in the Midwest or South is more rare in the Pacific Northwest, because it was ...
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Easiest way to visualize precipitation drainage using raster elevation files in R?

As a non-specialist, enviro-enthusiast, I am curious about visualizing post-precipitation run-off in my local area. I have been able to access and download appropriate elevatio rasters for my local ...
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Global gridded Leaf Area Index and Soil Depth data for hydrological analysis - references and unmixing by land use

I am working with a global fully distributed (gridded) hydrological model and I am having some issues regarding two sets of data extremely important for the correct representation of the soil ...
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Does total precipitation have different meanings?

I'm new in hydrology sciences and for my work, I have to differentiate solid precipitation time series and liquid precipitation from total precipitation time series. My data are from a meteorological ...
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How are boundary conditions considered in PDEs?

I'm new to numerical modeling and trying to figure out how things work inside business codes. Consider a 1D domain divided into small cells of width dx and at the East and West a Neumann conditions ...
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Is it possible for a local flood to reach the heights of a mountain, say 7000 ft, and wash away a ship over 350 miles? [closed]

Is it even possible? How much water would it take? Does the whole earth need to be flooded to reach that height?
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How to estimate evapotranspiration using moisture sensors?

There is a 210 cm long soil column that has five layers of different soil types. The topsoil layer of 15 cm has a moisture sensor in the middle. The second and third layers are of 95 and 80 cm of ...
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Rainfall Anomaly Index using satellite data

I'm working on a script for calculating the Rainfall Anomaly Index1 (RAI) for an area using satellite imagery to estimate precipitation. The context I have seen the RAI used in before is for weather ...
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Why isn't the Amazon River in the top for the highest hydropower potential

Because of its high flow rate, why isn't the Amazon River one of the top rivers with the highest potential for hydro electric power potential in the world?
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Why Sutluj, Ravi and Beas rivers are called eastern rivers? Is it related to their geography?

Indus water treaty says eastern rivers are Indias and western river control are with Pakistan. All rivers origin from west of Tibet I think and flow from west to east but why this nomenclature of ...
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Calculating Stream Flow from Rainfall Data

I have been given the following data: Month N T (degrees C) Monthly Rainfall (mm) 1 0.68 1.12 391.1 2 0.82 1.40 163.1 3 0.98 3.04 296.5 4 1.15 4.77 157.7 The list goes on. From this and using ...
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Can air be slowed down by Fricton? [closed]

Can wind/air that is moving at average speeds be slowed down by the cause of Friction? Also, Can Air bubbles in water be slowed down because of Friction? Please cite your sources.
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What effect does river channelization have on the surrounding water table?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but most rivers lie where the water table protrudes into open air. In other words, the water table level is exactly the same as the river water level. (Wikipedia has a good ...
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Is VLF-EM scanning for fractures a valid way to find groundwater for a well?

I posted this question on Engineering Stack Exchange as well. I'm not sure if here or there is the better place. There is no agriculture stack exchange (much as I wish there was) so I am posting there ...
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Water Freezing Quandary

Good Day All, I have quandary that I am unable to find an answer for. I live in Ontario, Canada. Then home I reside on is directly on a lakefront. It makes for beautiful views and wonderful times in ...
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How to map a comID to latitude/longitude?

I'm working with a dataset of river flow from NOAA and the locations of the measurements are indicated with a comID. From what I gathered these comIDs are rooted from a dataset called NHD, although I ...
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Why would channelizing a river reduce any nearby wetlands?

Channelization is when you straighten a river to make a shorter path from A to B. This makes the water flow faster, since the path is shorter but the volumetric flow rate of water must be the same (...
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Calculation of river width in relation to contributing area

I'm looking for a mathematical method to estimate the river width based on the basic topographic information of the specific sections of stream under consideration. Is there a formula to estimate the ...
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How to interpret the negative (actual) evapotranspiration values?

I am exploring FLUXNET sites for actual evapotranspiration (ETP) data (I convert the energy balance closure-corrected latent heat to ETP). I am interested in the half-hourly data. During the night we ...
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Can we define "drainage density" for a soil column (point-scale)?

From what I read all over the web and articles, drainage density is a parameter that is defined for a catchment. I want to use a hydrological model to simulate the percolation from the bottom of a ...
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What is the scientific reason for Falgu river being subterranean?

According to wikipedia "The Phalgu or Falgu, a river that flows past Gaya, India in the Indian state of Bihar, is a sacred river for Hindus and Buddhists. Lord Vishnu's Temple Vishnupad Mandir is ...
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Is there any river that does not discharge into larger body of water?

Do you know any example of a river that does not flow into sea or lake? For example, if water rises from the underground spring and forms a river but water vaporises in hot climate before it reaches ...
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How to obtain the saturation point of a soil layer from the volumetric soil water content data?

Would you please let me know if the following is accurate as an answer to the question: Suppose we have sensors which measure the volumetric soil water content of a soil layer for a long period (more ...
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Where to find reliable snowfall rate data?

Would you please let me know where I can find/download reliable snowfall rate datasets? I am looking for multiple weather stations (in different regions) or field measured data, that contain both ...
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Why would a rincon provide more reliable water? [closed]

I am reading a book that argues that the Ancestral Puebloans settled along the rincons, or nooks, along the canyon walls, because that was where water was reliable. I can't understand the argument, as ...
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What is the "pressure gradient" within the richards equation

I'm trying to understand the Richards equation that can be used to compute the flow of water in soil. In a textbook I found the following: Unfortunately, the textbook doesn't really explain what the ...
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How to estimate the runoff time for my area?

I want to use an rainfall-runoff model for pluvial flash floods and need to choose for my synthetic rain event the appropriate duration. In the literature it often says that the chosen duration should ...
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How to transfer surface roughness from the unit mm into Strickler coefficient m1/3 per second

I have a hydrodynamic model to simulate flash floods. This model expects roughness data in the Strickler coefficient format (kst) in the unit m1/3 per second. I got a table with roughness values I'm ...
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Modeling the total water inflow across multiple reservoirs

I'm new to hydrology and I have a question regarding the modeling of multiple reservoirs. I need to estimate the total water inflow to multiple reservoirs that will be observed tomorrow, conditional ...
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How to choose "relevant" precipitation durations for flash flood modelling?

For my thesis, I model flash floods in urban areas. A book with recommended practices says to use events with a recurrence interval of 30 and 50 years. Regarding the duration of the precipitation ...
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Rainfall guage stations outside the watershed

How can I determine the rainfall depth for an event over the watershed, if I just have two stations, S1 and S2, that are outside the catchment? Methods I have thought of were to take the average of ...
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struggling to find a good research question in rainfall runoff modelling [duplicate]

I'm writing my thesis on modelling extreme rainfall and I'm still struggling to find a good research question. I have asked a similar question before in this post. Maybe you guys can give me some ...
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How much water will flow into the Caspian Sea if it is connected to the World Ocean?

I wonder how much benefit would a hydroelectrical project built on this inflow bring. There are projects to fill up the Erie, Salton, Qattara and the Dead Sea. But for the Caspian, there is only a ...
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how does model validation work? What is needed for an appropriate validation

I have an 2D hydrodynamic model in a approx. 10km² catchment and one rain event that goes one hour with measurements in a 5min interval. The reccurance interval for an event like that is close to ...
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If the top layer of a large river freezes, is the remainder's rate of flow affected?

This question is a hypothetical, and has to do with the notion of cheap, modular turbines that can be sunk and anchored to a specific depth in a body of water. Each would not generate much power, but ...
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hydrologic vs. hydrodynamic modelling of surface runoff

In the description of a Software it says that it computes the net rainfall, runoff formation and runoffconcentration on a surface hydrologically. With an extra module, the runoff formation can also be ...
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research question for modelling extreme rainfall event with coupled 2D surface and 1D sewersystem model

I would like to write my thesis on modelling extreme rainfall events in urban areas coupling a 2D surface model with an 1D sewer channel model. I have access to a good software which models ...
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How to check the recurrence intervall of heavy rain events

Heavy rain or flood events have recurrence intervalls. I.e. 100 year, 50 year or 25 year events. However, with increasing data and global warming and other factors these intervalls change. How can I ...
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How do oases form in the middle of the desert?

I am wondering if there are any theories about the formation of oases, and I am also curious about why an oasis can even last for a very long period of time. I have heard that fresh water exists on ...
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what is a sensitivity analysis in heavy rain 2D surface / 1D drainage network models

For my thesis, the lecturer proposed to make a "sensitivity analysis" with a 2D surface model connected with a 1D drainage Network model for a storm rain event. However, I'm having problems to figure ...
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formula to convert precipitation in mm/h to runoff in m³/s

I have precipitation data in mm/h but to use them for my model I need them in m³/s. Is there a formula to convert them?
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Modelling extreme rainfall events: 'blanket approches' when considering soil infiltration

For my thesis on modelling an extreme rainfall event with a 2D surface runoff model I'm supposed to consider the effect of soil infiltration on the runoff: In my work description it says I'm supposed ...
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Do dams reduce the flow of river downstream?

There is a conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia, because the latter wants to build a dam on the Nile river. Citing this article: [Egypt] fears the Nile dam will reduce its share of the river and ...
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Loop in the continental divide

Various maps of the Continental Divide (the hydrological feature, not the trail) contain a loop that looks like this: What is the hydrologic meaning of the loop in Wyoming? Even if it's a basin, ...
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Avra valley aquifier region boundary

Attached is an image of the Avra valley in Southern Arizona, USA from Effects of Kriging and Inverse Modelling on Conditional Simulation of the Avra Valley Aquifier in Southern Arizona -- Clifton and ...
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How are aquifers found and traced?

Recently a line from a news article about an aquifer in the path of a tunnel boring machine for Metro networks caught my attention: Ahead of tunnelling, the builders conduct hydrogeology, a study ...
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Run Hydrus-1D from the command line

Hydrus-1D, is a modeling environment for analysis of water flow and solute transport in variably saturated porous media. This program has a graphical environment which works very well, however a lot ...
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What does a "closed basin" mean in groundwater terms?

This answer talks about a "closed basin" that has an outflow to the sea. I had previously assumed that "closed basin" meant the same as "endorheic basin", but that is obviously not the case. What is ...