Articles | Volume 21, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 4803–4823, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-4803-2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 4803–4823, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-4803-2017
Research article
27 Sep 2017
Research article | 27 Sep 2017

Hydrological connectivity from glaciers to rivers in the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau: roles of suprapermafrost and subpermafrost groundwater

Rui Ma et al.

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The roles of groundwater flow in the hydrological cycle within the alpine area characterized by permafrost or seasonal frost are poorly known. We investigated the role of permafrost in controlling groundwater flow and hydrological connections between glaciers and river. The recharge, flow path and discharge of permafrost groundwater at the study site were explored. Two mechanisms were proposed to explain the significantly seasonal variation in interaction between groundwater and surface water.