Conceptual examination of climate-soil controls upon rainfall partitioning in an open-fractured soil II: Response to a population of storms

I.T. Struthers, Christoph Hinz, M. Sivapalan

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    Abstract

    A simple two-domain bucket model of fractured soil was coupled with a stochastic model of rainfall variability, in order to investigate the climate and soil controls upon the stochastic properties of the triggering of fracture flow and surface runoff, and the partitioning of rainfall between the matrix and fracture domains and surface runoff. Conventionally, soils are regarded as time domain filters between rainfall and hydrological response. This investigation highlights an additional type of threshold filtering especially important in understanding the infiltration behaviour of fractured soils, for which an event-based characterisation of rainfall in modelling is crucial. A priori-definable indices were derived which are capable of describing elements of this threshold filtering, by allowing the statistical properties of fracture flow- and surface runoff-triggering storms (i.e., mean and variance of storm duration, intensity and effective inter-storm period, as well as cumulative partitioning of rainfall), to be inferred directly from average storm and soil properties. Using these indices, the long-term response of fractured soils, including the long-term hydrological importance of fractures, can be estimated without simulation. (C) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)518-527
    JournalAdvances in Water Resources
    Volume30
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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