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Integration of spatial datasets to support the review of hydrometric networks and the identification of representative catchments

Laize, C. L. R.. 2004 Integration of spatial datasets to support the review of hydrometric networks and the identification of representative catchments. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 8 (6). 1103-1117.

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Abstract/Summary

The rapidly growing demand for river flow data has increased pressure on hydrometric monitoring programmes to match a wide range of application-focused information needs, in particular, the identification of representative catchments. This paper investigates a novel methodology based on a Geographical Information System to support cost-effective hydrometric network management and information delivery. Raster datasets are integrated as matrices describing the relationship between variables within any given area. Matrices are then compared to index how representative catchments are of a specified reference area. Using south-east Scotland as the reference area, four applications illustrate the methodology’s potential to address a variety of issues (e.g. network rationalisation, selection of impact catchments, identification of new gauging sites). The method is implemented using elevation and land-use datasets.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Water
CEH Sections: _ Water Quality
Acreman
ISSN: 1027-5606
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Hydrology & Earch Systems Sciences is an open access journal
Additional Keywords: spatial information, Geographical Information System, hydrometry, network management, network rationalisation, representative catchment, regionalisation
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
Date made live: 15 Oct 2008 12:14
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2952

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