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Transit times of water under steady stormflow conditions in the Gardsjon G1 catchment

  • In this paper we report on a series of replicated tracer experiments with deuterium conducted under controlled, steady stormflow conditions at the Gardsjon G1 catchment in south-western Sweden. In five different years, these experiments were carried out in a subcatchment of G1. Deuterium was applied as a narrow pulse so that distributions of water transit times could be directly inferred from the observed tracer breakthrough curves. Significantly different transit times of water were observed under similar experimental conditions. Coefficients of variation for estimated mean transit times were greater than 60%, which can be understood as a measure of the interannual variability for this type of experiments. Implications for water transit times under more natural flow conditions as wells as for future experimentation are discussed. Copyright (c) 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Author details:Benny Selle, Holger Lange, Gunnar LischeidORCiDGND, Michael Hauhs
Parent Title (English):Hydrological processes
Place of publication:Hoboken
Document Type:Article
Year of first publication:2015
Year of completion:2015
Release Date:2017/03/27
Tag:connectivity; groundwater age; travel time distribution
Page number:9
First page:4657
Last Page:4665
Funder:Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of Baden-Wurttemberg [AZ Zu 33-721.3-2]; Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research, Leipzig (UFZ); Hans Hultberg und Filip Moldan (IVL Goteborg)
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Geowissenschaften
Peer Review:Referiert
Institution name at the time of the publication:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften