Articles | Volume 21, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1721–1739, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1721-2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1721–1739, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1721-2017

Research article 23 Mar 2017

Research article | 23 Mar 2017

A lab in the field: high-frequency analysis of water quality and stable isotopes in stream water and precipitation

Jana von Freyberg et al.

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We present a newly developed instrument package that enables the online analysis of stable water isotopes and major ion chemistry at 30 min intervals in the field. The resulting data streams provide an unprecedented view of hydrochemical dynamics on the catchment scale. Based on a detailed analysis of the variable behavior of isotopic and chemical tracers in stream water and precipitation over a 4-week period, we developed a conceptual hypothesis for runoff generation in the studied catchment.