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Band/volume 13: LEIBUNDGUT Ch., UHLENBROOK S., McDONNELL J. (Eds.) (2001):

Runoff Generation and Implications for River Basin Modelling

Proceedings of the International Workshop 9-13 October 2000, Institute of Hydrology, University of Freiburg i.Br./Germany, convened by IAHS, ICT, ICSW, IHP/OHP-FRIEND ERB National Working Group

Runoff generation is considered as one of the most important processes in catchment hydrology. The correct separation of the effective precipitation into different runoff components is crucial for the modelling of transport processes of solutes and contaminants. Stream water quality depends on the varying contributions from surface runoff, soil water and groundwater. In recent years tracer methods combined with hydrometric measurements have proved to be effective for identifying runoff generation mechanisms in headwater zones. Nevertheless, many processes are still not well understood at larger basins scales.
A challenge in future will be an adequate modelling of the dominating runoff generation processes at the meso- and macro-scale, in order to meet the needs of the future water resources management. Improved process oriented modelling is needed, where model uncertainties are minimized by developing new and independent calibration and validation techniques. This volume contains more than 60 contributions, which were presented during the International workshop on "Runoff Generation and Implications for River Basin Modelling".

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