Vegetation affects hillslope hydrodynamics



Hillslopes are an important part of the hydrological cycle because water from rainfall or snowmelt runs downhill to networks of streams. Understanding hillslope hydrological dynamics is important for flood and debris flow prediction. However, because hillslopes are highly varied, developing general frameworks for analyzing them is difficult.Bachmair et al. compared three hillslopes to try to synthesize understanding of subsurface flow processes at the hillslope scale, focusing on the effect of vegetation.