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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.

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Abstract/Summary

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
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Date made live: 22 Jul 2009 13:31
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/7759

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