Seasonal hydroclimatological variability in near-natural UK river basins
Laize, Cedric L. R.; Hannah, David M.. 2008 Seasonal hydroclimatological variability in near-natural UK river basins. In: British Hydrological Society Symposium 2008, Exeter, 15-17 September 2008. British Hydrological Society.Before downloading, please read NORA policies.
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Given heightened concerns about climate and human impacts upon hydrology, there is a need to quantify temporal and spatial variability in water availability, and to establish climate-flow associations to predict future water stress. In the UK context, most climate-river flow research has been undertaken using runoff records with often: (1) spatially restricted coverage; (2) sparse density; (3) anthropogenic influences. Around 100 catchments with near-pristine flow records, and providing a relatively even coverage of the UK, were used to derive seasonal flow indices (winter, spring, summer, autumn) for the 1975-2005 period. Catchments were then clustered based on these indices to identify regions with similar hydro-climatic behaviours. A comparative analysis of correlation between flow indices and climate indices aimed at (1) characterising spatial patterns of seasonal flows in the country; (2) identifying in which regions climate drivers exert the strongest control on seasonal flows.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Programmes:||CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Water|
|NORA Subject Terms:||Hydrology|
|Date made live:||20 Nov 2008 16:22|
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