Articles | Volume 22, issue 12
Research article
30 Nov 2018
Research article |  | 30 Nov 2018

A propensity index for surface runoff on a karst plateau

Christian Reszler, Jürgen Komma, Hermann Stadler, Elmar Strobl, and Günter Blöschl


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Short summary
Karst aquifers are vulnerable to pollution due to the typically short particle travel times. As the rainwater runs off on the surface it may collect contamination before infiltrating. This paper proposes a new field-mapping method for the ability of the landscape to produce and convey surface runoff. The method is based on local data collection in the field, and a visual assessment of surface runoff traces from a distance, which makes it suitable for larger areas than traditional field mapping.