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Event and seasonal hydrologic connectivity patterns in an agricultural headwater catchment

Lovrenc Pavlin1,2, Borbála Széles1,2, Peter Strauss3, Alfred Paul Blaschke1,4, and Günter Blöschl1,2 Lovrenc Pavlin et al.
  • 1Centre for Water Resource Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
  • 2Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
  • 3Federal Agency of Water Management, Institute for Land and Water Management Research, Petzenkirchen, Austria
  • 4Interuniversity Cooperation Centre Water & Health, Vienna, Austria

Abstract. Connectivity of the hillslope and the stream is a non stationary and non linear phenomenon dependent on many controls. The objective of this study is to identify these controls by examining the spatial and temporal patterns of the similarity between shallow groundwater and soil moisture dynamics and streamflow dynamics in the Hydrological Open Air Laboratory (HOAL), a small (66 ha) agricultural headwater catchment in Lower Austria. We investigate the responses to 53 precipitation events and the seasonal dynamics of streamflow, groundwater and soil moisture over two years. The similarity, in terms of Spearman correlation coefficient, hysteresis index and peak-to-peak time, of groundwater to streamflow shows a clear spatial organisation, which is best correlated to topographic position index, topographic wetness index and depth to the groundwater table. The similarity is greatest in the riparian zone and diminishes further away from the stream where the groundwater table is deeper. Soil moisture dynamics show high similarity to streamflow but no clear spatial pattern. This is reflected in a low correlation of the similarity to site-characteristics, however, the similarity increases with increasing catchment wetness and rainfall duration. Groundwater connectivity to the stream on the seasonal scale is higher than that on the event scale indicating that groundwater contributes more to the baseflow than to event runoff.

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We compared the dynamics of streamflow, groundwater and soil moisture to investigate how different parts of an agricultural catchment in Lower Austria are connected. Groundwater is best connected around the stream and worse uphill, where groundwater is deeper. Soil moisture connectivity increases with increasing catchment wetness but is not influenced by spatial position in the catchment. Groundwater is more connected to the stream on the seasonal scale compare to the event scale.
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