Articles | Volume 21, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-23-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-23-2017
Research article
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02 Jan 2017
Research article |  | 02 Jan 2017

Towards a tracer-based conceptualization of meltwater dynamics and streamflow response in a glacierized catchment

Daniele Penna, Michael Engel, Giacomo Bertoldi, and Francesco Comiti

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In this research we used environmental tracers in the Saldur River catchment, Italian Alps to obtain new insight into the hydrology of glacierized catchments. We analysed the spatio-temporal variability of the tracer signature within the catchment, distinguished the contribution of groundwater, glacier melt and snowmelt to stream discharge, identified the sources of uncertainty in the estimation of streamflow components and presented a paradigm of hydrological function of glacierized catchments.