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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2020-472
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2020-472

  17 Nov 2020

17 Nov 2020

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Simulating the evolution of the topography-climate coupled system

Kyungrock Paik and Won Kim Kyungrock Paik and Won Kim
  • School of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, Korea University 145 Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, 02841, South Korea

Abstract. Landscape evolution models simulate the long-term variation of topography under given rainfall scenarios. In reality, local rainfall is largely affected by topography, implying that surface topography and local climate evolve together. Herein, we develop a numerical simulation model for the evolution of the topography-climate coupled system. We investigate how simulated topography and rain field vary between no-feedback and co-evolution simulations. Co-evolution simulations produced results significantly different from those of no-feedback simulations, as illustrated by transects and time evolution in rainfall excess among others. We show that the evolving system keeps climatic and geomorphic footprints in asymmetric transects and local relief. We investigate the roles of the wind speed and the time lags between hydrometeor formation and rainfall (called the delay time) in the co-evolution. While effects of the wind speed and delay time were thought to compensate each other in the evolving morphology, we demonstrate that the evolution of the coupled system can be more complicated than previously thought. The channel concavity on the windward side becomes lower as the imposed wind speed or the delay time grows. This tendency is explained with the effect of generated spatial rainfall distribution on the area-runoff relationship.

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