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Comparison of saturated areas mapping methods in the Jizera Mountains, Czech Republic

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  • Alena Kulasova
  • Keith J. Beven
  • Sarka D. Blazkova
  • Daniela Rezacova
  • Jiri Cajthaml
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics
Number of pages9
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Understanding and modelling the processes of flood runoff generation is still a challenge in catchment hydrology. In particular, there are issues about how best to represent the effects of the antecedent state of saturation of a catchment on runoff formation and flood hydrographs. This paper reports on the experience of mapping saturated areas using measured water table by piezometers and more qualitative assessments of the state of the moisture at soil surface or immediately under it to provide information that can usefully condition model predictions. Vegetation patterns can also provide useful indicators of runoff source areas, but integrated over much longer periods of time. In this way, it might be more likely that models will get the right predictions for the right reasons.

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