STRIVE - Project Based Awards, Analysis and Modelling of the Hydrological Behaviour of Small Irish Catchments

STRIVE - Project Based Awards, Analysis and Modelling of the Hydrological Behaviour of Small Irish Catchments

This proposal addresses three main issues related to the hydrodynamics of small catchments in Ireland. Firstly, it will quantify, from measured data, the water balance dynamics to gain a comprehensive understanding of the temporal and spatial dynamics of key water balance components (e.g. rainfall, evaporation, stream flow, groundwater recharge). This in turn provides essential information needed for addressing the various challenges associated with water resources management such as managing river water abstraction, environmental flows, and the quantification of groundwater recharge. Secondly, the project will identify small-scale benchmark catchments for the purpose of long term monitoring (i) to allow studying the impacts of future climate changes on the water resources of these catchments, and (ii) to act as study catchments demonstrating the dynamics of typical small scale catchments in Ireland. Thirdly, the feasibility of up-scaling the knowledge gained about detailed hydrological processes from small scale catchments to large scale catchments will be assessed. Such assessment is vitally important to govern the transfer of information between scales, either by up-scaling from small scale catchments to large scale catchments or vice versa, particularly when considering the variety of catchment sizes and considerable heterogeneity in catchment characteristics in Ireland.

If you want to read more about this project, you can do so at erc.epa.ie.

Environmental Protection Agency 2014-W-DS-15
Ahmed Nasr

Keywords: Hdrodynamics; Water resource management; Water cycle; Catchment

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