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Catchment virtual observatory for sharing flow and transport models outputs: using residence time distribution to compare contrasting catchments

Abstract

The distribution of groundwater residence time in a catchment provides synoptic information about catchment functioning (e.g. nutrient retention and removal, hydrograph flashiness). In contrast with interpreted model results, which are often not directly comparable between studies, residence time distribution is a general output that could be used to compare catchment behaviors and test hypotheses about landscape controls on catchment functioning. In this goal, we created a virtual observatory platform called Catchment Virtual Observatory for Sharing Flow and Transport Model Outputs (COnSOrT). The main goal of COnSOrT is to collect outputs from calibrated groundwater models from a wide range of environments. By comparing a wide variety of catch- ments from different climatic, topographic and hydrogeological contexts, we expect to enhance understanding of catchment connectivity, resilience to anthropogenic disturbance, and overall functioning. The web-based observatory will also provide software tools to analyze model outputs. The observatory will enable modelers to test their models in a wide range of catchment environments to evaluate the generality of their findings and robustness of their post-processing methods. Researchers with calibrated numerical models can benefit from observatory by using the post-processing methods to implement a new approach to analyzing their data. Field scientists interested in contributing data could invite modelers associated with the observatory to test their models against observed catchment behavior. COnSOrT will allow meta-analyses with community contributions to gener- ate new understanding and identify promising pathways forward to moving beyond single catchment ecohydrology.
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insu-01534026 , version 1 (07-06-2017)

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Zahra Thomas, Pauline Rousseau-Gueutin, Tamara Kolbe, Benjamin W. Abbott, Jean Marçais, et al.. Catchment virtual observatory for sharing flow and transport models outputs: using residence time distribution to compare contrasting catchments. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017, Apr 2017, Vienne, Austria. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 19, pp.EGU2017-13885, 2017. ⟨insu-01534026⟩
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