publication . Article . Other literature type . 1979

A physically based, variable contributing area model of basin hydrology / Un modèle à base physique de zone d'appel variable de l'hydrologie du bassin versant

Keith Beven; Mike Kirkby;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 1979 Journal: Hydrological Sciences Bulletin, volume 24, pages 43-69 (issn: 0303-6936, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Abstract A hydrological forecasting model is presented that attempts to combine the important distributed effects of channel network topology and dynamic contributing areas with the advantages of simple lumped parameter basin models. Quick response flow is predicted from a storage/contributing area relationship derived analytically from the topographic structure of a unit within a basin. Average soil water response is represented by a constant leakage infiltration store and an exponential subsurface water store. A simple non-linear routing procedure related to the link frequency distribution of the channel network completes the model and allows distinct basin su...
free text keywords: Structural basin, Infiltration (hydrology), Hydrology, Exponential function, Topographic Wetness Index, Topographic map, Flow (psychology), Subsurface flow, Soil water, Geology
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