Articles | Volume 23, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 4397–4417, 2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 4397–4417, 2019

Review article 29 Oct 2019

Review article | 29 Oct 2019

A review of methods for measuring groundwater–surface water exchange in braided rivers

Katie Coluccio and Leanne Kaye Morgan

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Braided rivers are uncommon internationally but are important freshwater resources. However, there is limited understanding of how characteristics unique to braided rivers affect groundwater–surface water flow paths. This article reviews prior studies that have investigated groundwater–surface water interactions in these rivers and their associated aquifers to provide guidance on methodologies most suitable for future work in braided rivers and highlight gaps in current knowledge.