Articles | Volume 26, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 3125–3150, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-3125-2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 3125–3150, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-3125-2022
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21 Jun 2022
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Morphological controls on surface runoff: an interpretation of steady-state energy patterns, maximum power states and dissipation regimes within a thermodynamic framework

Samuel Schroers et al.

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The paper presents an original and innovative approach to understand hillslope processes linking hillslope surface flow, drainage structure formation, and erosion processes to thermodynamics. I consider that the topic is very important in understanding why simple parsimonious empirical methods work in nature.
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In hydrology the formation of landform patterns is of special interest as changing forcings of the natural systems, such as climate or land use, will change these structures. In our study we developed a thermodynamic framework for surface runoff on hillslopes and highlight the differences of energy conversion patterns on two related spatial and temporal scales. The results indicate that surface runoff on hillslopes approaches a maximum power state.