Articles | Volume 24, issue 12
Research article
30 Nov 2020
Research article |  | 30 Nov 2020

Characterising hillslope–stream connectivity with a joint event analysis of stream and groundwater levels

Daniel Beiter, Markus Weiler, and Theresa Blume

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We investigated the interactions between streams and their adjacent hillslopes in terms of water flow. It could be revealed that soil structure has a strong influence on how hillslopes connect to the streams, while the groundwater table tells us a lot about when the two connect. This observation could be used to improve models that try to predict whether or not hillslopes are in a state where a rain event will be likely to produce a flood in the stream.