Articles | Volume 8, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 8, 1051–1064, 2004

Special issue: Mountain Waters: climatic and hydrological sensitivity

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 8, 1051–1064, 2004

  31 Dec 2004

31 Dec 2004

Application of time-series analyses to the hydrological functioning of an Alpine karstic system: the case of Bange-L’Eau-Morte

T. Mathevet1, M. l. Lepiller2, and A. Mangin3 T. Mathevet et al.
  • 1Cemagref - Parc de Tourvoie, BP 44 - 92163 Antony Cedex, France
  • 2Laboratoire d'hydrogéologie – EPO (Ecole Polytechnique de l'Université d'Orléans, Polytech'Orléans) – ISTO (Institut des Sciences de la Terre d'Orléans), 8 rue Léonard de Vinci - 45072 Orléans Cedex 2, France
  • 3Laboratoire d'écologie des hydrosystèmes, plateforme technique de Moulis, 09200 Moulis, France
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Abstract. This paper analyses the hydrological functioning of the Bange-L’Eau-Morte karstic system using classical and original techniques, recession curves, correlation and spectral analyses, noise analysis and wavelet analyses. The main characteristics that can be deduced are the recession coefficients, the dynamic volume of storage, the response time of the system, the quickflow and baseflow components and the snowmelt characteristics. The non-stationary and timescale-dependent behaviour of the system is studied and particular features of the runoff are shown. The step-by-step use of these different techniques provides a general methodology applicable to different karstic systems to provide quantifiable and objective criteria for differentiation and comparison of karstic systems.

Keywords: karstic hydrology, Bauges mountains, recession curves, correlation and spectral analysis, wavelet analysis, snowmelt