Articles | Volume 19, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2617–2635, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2617-2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2617–2635, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2617-2015

Research article 03 Jun 2015

Research article | 03 Jun 2015

Estimating flow and transport parameters in the unsaturated zone with pore water stable isotopes

M. Sprenger et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (21 Dec 2014) by Mauro Giudici
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RR by Christine Stumpp (31 Mar 2015)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (12 Apr 2015) by Mauro Giudici
AR by Matthias Sprenger on behalf of the Authors (22 Apr 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (10 May 2015) by Mauro Giudici
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We present a novel approach that includes information about the pore water stable isotopic composition in inverse model approaches to estimate soil hydraulic parameters. Different approaches are presented and their adequacy regarding the model efficiency, realism and parameter identifiability are discussed. The advantages of the new approach are shown by an application of the inverse estimated parameters to infer the water balance and the transit time for three different study sites.