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Title: Stable water isotopes and Rn-222 to determine dam and groundwater contribution to baseflow and event flow in a small agricultural catchment
Authors: Hughes, CE
Scarff, SA
Morrison, TN
Fischer, MJ
Adams, GA
Hart, MR
Keywords: Australia
New South Wales
Watersheds
Isotopes
Stable isotopes
Runoff
Rain water
Ground water
Issue Date: 22-Apr-2009
Publisher: European Geosciences Union
Citation: Hughes, C. E., Scarff, S. A., Morrison, T., Fischer, M, J., Adams, G. A., & Hart, M. R. (2009). Stable water isotopes and Rn-222 to determine dam and groundwater contribution to baseflow and event flow in a small agricultural catchment. Paper presented to the EGU General Assembly 2009, Vienna, Austria, 19-24 April 2009. Retrieved from https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2009/EGU2009-6685.pdf
Abstract: In order to improve local water managers understanding of nutrient inputs into Sydney’s drinking water catchments, a detailed study of nutrients in stream flow has been carried out in the headwaters of Kellys Ck in the New South Wales southern highlands, Australia. One component of this study attempted to determine the flow pathways contributing to base flow and to runoff generation during a rainfall event over a 128 ha catchment area.Rainfall, stream, shallow groundwater, spring and dam samples were collected during base flow (pre-event), flow event and post event periods around a 4 day rainfall event in July 2008. Samples were analysed for stable water isotopes, Rn-222, DOC, nutrients and major ions. Hydrograph separation and transit time distribution modellingwere used to examine the contribution of event water, dam water and pre-event water to stream flow for a 9 day pe-riod encompassing the rain event. The results show that pre-event and event water contribute equally to stream flow with the pre-event contribution dominated by evaporated water (pre-event dam storage and soil water) rather than the more depleted shallow groundwater and spring water. Rn-222 was also used to understand the spatial variation of groundwater contribution during base flow conditions. © Author(s) 2009
URI: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2009/EGU2009-6685.pdf
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