Articles | Volume 20, issue 7
Research article
19 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 19 Jul 2016

On the propagation of diel signals in river networks using analytic solutions of flow equations

Morgan Fonley, Ricardo Mantilla, Scott J. Small, and Rodica Curtu

Data sets

Dry Creek Data J. McNamara and P. Aishlin

Short summary
We design and implement a theoretical experiment to show that, under low-flow conditions, observed streamflow discrepancies between early and late summer can be attributed to different flow velocities in the river network. By developing an analytic solution to represent flow along a given river network, we emphasize the dependence of streamflow amplitude and time delay on the geomorphology of the network. We also simulate using a realistic river network to highlight the effects of scale.