Articles | Volume 24, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1831–1858, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1831-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1831–1858, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1831-2020

Research article 14 Apr 2020

Research article | 14 Apr 2020

Surface water and groundwater: unifying conceptualization and quantification of the two “water worlds”

Brian Berkowitz and Erwin Zehe

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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (28 Dec 2019) by Hubert H.G. Savenije
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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (13 Mar 2020) by Hubert H.G. Savenije
AR by Brian Berkowitz on behalf of the Authors (14 Mar 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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We present a blueprint for a unified modelling framework to quantify chemical transport in both surface water and groundwater systems. There has been extensive debate over recent decades, particularly in the surface water literature, about how to explain and account for long travel times of chemical species that are distinct from water flow (rainfall-runoff) travel times. We suggest a powerful modelling framework known to be robust and effective from the field of groundwater hydrology.