An overview of complex behaviour in the groundwater compartment of catchment systems and some implications for modelling and monitoring
Bloomfield, John P.; McKenzie, Andrew A.; Williams, Ann T.. 2008 An overview of complex behaviour in the groundwater compartment of catchment systems and some implications for modelling and monitoring. In: Sustainable Hydrology for the 21st Century. 10th BHS National Hydrology Symposium, Exeter, UK, 15-17 Sept 2008. Exeter, UK, 208-214.Before downloading, please read NORA policies.
An understanding of non-causal relationships between processes in the air, soil and water compartments of the environment is fundamental to sustainable integrated management. This paper provides an overview of the groundwater sub-compartment and asserts that it exhibits many characteristics of a complex system, especially in relation to a wide range of non-linearities, although not all groundwater phenomena should be regarded as reflecting system complexity. Analysis of the groundwater compartment based on concepts such as emergence has been hindered by a long history of deterministic conceptualisation, while other aspects of complex systems such as self-organised criticality are difficult to investigate in the groundwater context due to problems of obtaining appropriate data. Despite this, conceptualising the groundwater compartment as a complex system would enable groundwater processes to be more fully integrated in a systems understanding of the environment. Some of the implications of complex behaviour for groundwater resource modelling and monitoring are briefly noted.
|Item Type:||Publication - Conference Item (Paper)|
|Programmes:||BGS Programmes 2009 > Groundwater science|
|Additional Keywords:||GroundwaterBGS, Groundwater, Groundwater modelling, Groundwater monitoring, Surface water interaction|
|NORA Subject Terms:||Hydrology|
|Date made live:||22 Jul 2009 13:31|
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