Water Resources Research


Water Resources Research

Hydrologic Discovery Through Physical Analysis Honoring the Scientific Legacies of W. Brutsaert and J.-Y. Parlange

Description: This special section of WRR will invite papers from the community

  1. Introduction to a Special Collection

    1. Top of page
    2. Introduction to a Special Collection
    3. Regular Articles
    4. Research Articles
    5. Review
    6. Reviews
    7. Technical Note
    8. Technical Notes
    1. Learning from the scientific legacies of W. Brutsaert and J.-Y. Parlange (pages 1856–1857)

      John S. Selker, Graham Sander, Tammo Steenhuis, D. Andrew Barry and William P. Kustas

      Article first published online: 18 FEB 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR015147

  2. Regular Articles

    1. Top of page
    2. Introduction to a Special Collection
    3. Regular Articles
    4. Research Articles
    5. Review
    6. Reviews
    7. Technical Note
    8. Technical Notes
    1. Late-time drainage from a sloping Boussinesq aquifer (pages 7498–7507)

      Patrick W. Bogaart, David E. Rupp, John S. Selker and Ype van der Velde

      Article first published online: 20 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR013780

      Key Points

      • The sloping nonlinear Boussinesq eqn with constant k displays linear recession
      • This is in contrast with recession from most natural hillslopes
      • This is also in contrast with the recession from the linearized Boussinesq eqn
    2. An exact series and improved numerical and approximate solutions for the Boussinesq equation (pages 7380–7387)

      Tomás Chor, Nelson L. Dias and Ailín Ruiz de Zárate

      Article first published online: 15 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20543

      Key Points

      • An exact series for the Boussinesq equation is found
      • The radius of convergence of the series is obtained
      • Accurate Approximate expressions for the solution are found
    3. Modeling effect of initial soil moisture on sorptivity and infiltration (pages 7037–7047)

      Ryan D. Stewart, David E. Rupp, Majdi R. Abou Najm and John S. Selker

      Article first published online: 28 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20508

      Key Points

      • A new formula to quantify soil sorptivity as a function of initial soil moisture
      • Provides a method to quantify the saturated hydraulic conductivity of soil
      • Can be used to detect seasonal changes in soil properties
    4. An extension of Miller scaling to scale sorptivity by contact angle (pages 6927–6932)

      Rony Wallach and Qiuling Wang

      Article first published online: 24 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20505

      Key Points

      • Narrower fingers will develop at higher contact angels and/or wavier pores shape
      • Sorptivity dependence on contact angle vary with pore geometry characteristics
    5. Evaluating the influence of watershed moisture storage on variations in base flow recession rates during prolonged rain-free periods in medium-sized catchments in New York and Illinois, USA (pages 6022–6028)

      Stephen B. Shaw, Theodore M. McHardy and Susan J. Riha

      Article first published online: 23 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20507

      Key Points

      • Event dQ/dt-Q plots have slope near 2 but variable intercept values
      • Variation in intercepts not strongly related to ET
      • Intercept variations appear related to watershed moisture storage
    6. Acoustic waves in unsaturated soils (pages 5674–5684)

      Wei-Cheng Lo and Garrison Sposito

      Article first published online: 13 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20423

      Key Points

      • Three standard poroelasticity parameters are generalized to unsaturated soils
      • Elasticity coefficients in the poroelastic model are linked to these parameters
      • Explore the effect of hysteresis on acoustic wave propagation
    7. Geomorphic signatures on Brutsaert base flow recession analysis (pages 5462–5472)

      Raphaël Mutzner, Enrico Bertuzzo, Paolo Tarolli, Steven V. Weijs, Ludovico Nicotina, Serena Ceola, Nevena Tomasic, Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, Marc B. Parlange and Andrea Rinaldo

      Article first published online: 6 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20417

      Key Points

      • signatures of catchment geomorphology on base flow recession curves
      • Analysis of streamflow data and DEM for 27 catchments in Switzerland
      • New conceptual model accounting for uneven drainage density
    8. Investigating storage-discharge relations in a lowland catchment using hydrograph fitting, recession analysis, and soil moisture data (pages 4257–4264)

      C. C. Brauer, A. J. Teuling, P. J. J. F. Torfs and R. Uijlenhoet

      Article first published online: 29 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20320

      Key Points

      • The Hupsel Brook catchment does not always behave like a simple dynamical system
      • Model performance was especially poor in summer, when evapotranspiration is high
      • Using soil moisture data to obtain system parameters is not trivial
  3. Research Articles

    1. Top of page
    2. Introduction to a Special Collection
    3. Regular Articles
    4. Research Articles
    5. Review
    6. Reviews
    7. Technical Note
    8. Technical Notes
    1. Contribution of impervious surfaces to urban evaporation (pages 2889–2902)

      P. Ramamurthy and E. Bou-Zeid

      Article first published online: 2 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR013909

      Key Points

      • Evaporation from impervious surfaces is important in urban areas
      • New urban models can capture this evaporation quite accurately
      • Impervious evaporation results in scalar transport similarity after rainfall
  4. Review

    1. Top of page
    2. Introduction to a Special Collection
    3. Regular Articles
    4. Research Articles
    5. Review
    6. Reviews
    7. Technical Note
    8. Technical Notes
    1. Research on atmospheric turbulence by Wilfried Brutsaert and collaborators (pages 7169–7184)

      Nelson L. Dias

      Article first published online: 4 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20461

      Key Points

      • Several analytical models of turbulence are reviewed
      • Surface-atmosphere transfer is studied for several different types of surface
      • Profiles and flux-gradient relations for the ABL are reviewed
    2. Stability of gravity-driven multiphase flow in porous media: 40 Years of advancements (pages 4531–4544)

      D. A. DiCarlo

      Article first published online: 14 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20359

      Key Points

      • Summary of the advancements of the last 40 years
      • Paper shows how stability is related to capillarity at the front
      • Has significance in terms of new models of multi-phase flow
    3. Infiltration into soils: Conceptual approaches and solutions (pages 1755–1772)

      Shmuel Assouline

      Article first published online: 11 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20155

      Key Points

      • historical retrospective of physical models of infiltration
      • Time Compression Approximation (TCA)
      • effects of special conditions on infiltration
  5. Reviews

    1. Top of page
    2. Introduction to a Special Collection
    3. Regular Articles
    4. Research Articles
    5. Review
    6. Reviews
    7. Technical Note
    8. Technical Notes
    1. Solute and sediment transport at laboratory and field scale: Contributions of J.-Y. Parlange (pages 6111–6136)

      D. A. Barry, G. C. Sander, S. Jomaa, L. Yeghiazarian, T. S. Steenhuis and J. S. Selker

      Article first published online: 7 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20510

      Key Points

      • Analysis of sediment erosion, transport and deposition
      • Chemical and microbial transport modeled at the laboratory and field scales
      • Water vapor-liquid flow at natural and anthropogenic saline interfaces
    2. The importance of hydraulic groundwater theory in catchment hydrology: The legacy of Wilfried Brutsaert and Jean-Yves Parlange (pages 5099–5116)

      Peter A. Troch, Alexis Berne, Patrick Bogaart, Ciaran Harman, Arno G. J. Hilberts, Steve W. Lyon, Claudio Paniconi, Valentijn R. N. Pauwels, David E. Rupp, John S. Selker, Adriaan J. Teuling, Remko Uijlenhoet and Niko E. C. Verhoest

      Article first published online: 4 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20407

      Key Points

      • Brutsaert and Parlange made landmark contributions to groundwater theory
      • Hydraulic groundwater theory is basis of applications in hydrology
      • Applications from drought analysis to climate impact
  6. Technical Note

    1. Top of page
    2. Introduction to a Special Collection
    3. Regular Articles
    4. Research Articles
    5. Review
    6. Reviews
    7. Technical Note
    8. Technical Notes
    1. Preferential flow as a potential mechanism for fire-induced increase in streamflow (pages 1840–1845)

      C. R. Stoof, E. C. Slingerland, W. Mol, J. van den Berg, P. J. Vermeulen, A. J. D. Ferreira, C. J. Ritsema, J.-Y Parlange and T. S. Steenhuis

      Article first published online: 22 FEB 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014397

      Key Points

      • Burned soil was drier and had more variable moisture, repellency not changed
      • Fire increased propensity for preferential flow
      • This potential mechanism contributes to increased streamflow after fire
    2. Capillary effect on water table fluctuations in unconfined aquifers (pages 3064–3069)

      Jun Kong, Cheng-Ji Shen, Pei Xin, Zhiyao Song, Ling Li, D. A. Barry, D.-S. Jeng, F. Stagnitti, D. A. Lockington and J.-Y. Parlange

      Article first published online: 28 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20237

      Key Points

      • A new governing equation of watertable dynamics was derived.
      • A new analytical solution for watertable fluctuations was derived.
      • The effect of finite unsaturated zone thickness was examined.
    3. Use of pan evaporation to estimate terrestrial evaporation trends: The case of the Tibetan Plateau (pages 3054–3058)

      Wilfried Brutsaert

      Article first published online: 22 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20247

      Key Points

      • Often decreasing pan evaporation means increasing terrestrial evaporation.
      • Past global dimming was likely too weak to cause wide decreased evaporation.
      • Often a decrease in wind speed, i.e. stilling, leads to increasing evaporation.
    4. Polynomial approximate solutions of a generalized Boussinesq equation (pages 3049–3053)

      Jeffrey S. Olsen and Aleksey S. Telyakovskiy

      Article first published online: 8 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20242

      Key Points

      • New analytical solutions to the generalized Boussinesq equation were obtained.
      • The approximate solutions reproduce exact solutions of the Boussinesq equation.
      • The approximate solutions compare favorably with the exact numerical solution.
  7. Technical Notes

    1. Top of page
    2. Introduction to a Special Collection
    3. Regular Articles
    4. Research Articles
    5. Review
    6. Reviews
    7. Technical Note
    8. Technical Notes
    1. Capillary pressure overshoot for unstable wetting fronts is explained by Hoffman's velocity-dependent contact-angle relationship (pages 5290–5297)

      Christine E. Baver, J.-Yves Parlange, Cathelijne R. Stoof, David A. DiCarlo, Rony Wallach, Deanna S. Durnford and Tammo S. Steenhuis

      Article first published online: 2 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014766

      Key Points

      • At the fingertip, pore water velocities are much greater than front velocities
      • Increased pore water velocities result in increased (dynamic) contact angles
      • Dynamic contact angles greater than static values cause overshoot in fingers
    2. A fully stochastic approach bridging the microscopic behavior of individual microorganisms with macroscopic ensemble dynamics in surface flow networks (pages 7820–7826)

      Lilit Yeghiazarian and Gennady Samorodnitsky

      Article first published online: 25 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20541

      Key Points

      • A fully stochastic model of microbial transport in watersheds is developed
      • Links microscopic behavior of single microbes with macroscopic ensemble dynamics
      • Spatiotemporal distribution of risk of surface water contamination is obtained
    3. Pore scale consideration in unstable gravity driven finger flow (pages 7815–7819)

      Tammo S. Steenhuis, Christine E. Baver, Bahareh Hasanpour, Cathelijne R. Stoof, David A. DiCarlo and John S. Selker

      Article first published online: 22 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013WR013928

      Key Points

      • Dynamic pressures in fingers is explained by Hoffman's dynamic contact angle
      • Pressure jump across wetting front is related to the radius of the meniscus
      • Calculated pressures agree with published findings of finger flow
    4. Reconciling radiation dissipation in the spatial and spectral domains under stable conditions (pages 7150–7153)

      Nelson L. Dias

      Article first published online: 24 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20460

      Key Points

      • a 1st-order decay constant is obtained from a spectral dissipation function
      • the kaimal spectrum constant is reviewed to give an exact integral
      • two approaches to the 1st-order decay are shown to have similar behaviors
    5. The value of intuitive concepts in evaporation research (pages 6100–6104)

      Richard D. Crago and Russell J. Qualls

      Article first published online: 6 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20420

      Key Points

      • EF and CR are heuristic concepts that elucidate evapotranspiration
      • EF and CR are consistent despite apparent differences
      • Wilfried Brutsaert was a champion of EF and CR

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