Prof. Blöschl gives an interview on Austrian television about the research in the HOAL catchment. He explains the aim of the HOAL, which is among other things a more precise prediction of floods. The results of the research in the HOAL should provide fundaments for flood models and simulation software to get the forecast models more accurate. He also explains, that the precise measurements in the HOAL catchment should determine, how water after a rainfall is behaving above and below the surface and how much of a rainfall is contributing to a flood event.
See the report here (German language, available until Nov 30).
A mobile eddy covariance station has been recently set up again on a field with bare ground conditions. The setup followed directly after the farmer ploughed the field. For the next months the device will stay at this field, to measure the evaporation at the bare conditions of the soil. Later atmospheric scientist Patrick Hogan will analyse the measurements.
Thomas Bauer (Institute of Hydraulic Engineering, TU Wien) carries out soil consolidation investigations in the HOAL catchment. On a defined spot close to the HOAL weather station he is making pictures from the soil surface on a regularly schedule which he is later analysing using the photogrammetric method he also applied at his other research projects.
The goal is to observe the soil consolidation over time due to precipitation on spots of three different soil managements.
A Symposium on "Hydrological Process Research" is being held from 6 to 7 October 2015 in Petzenkirchen, Lower Austria, on the occasion of the presentation of the Hydrological Open Air Laboratory (HOAL) Petzenkirchen.
Numerous water experts from academia and administration meet to discuss advances in research performed in hydrological experimental catchments and to visit the open air laboratory, HOAL.
Please download detailed programme here.
The paper "The Hydrological Open Air Laboratory (HOAL) in Petzenkirchen: a hypotheses driven observatory" is under discussion in the online journal "Hydrology and Earth System Sciences".
Please download discussion paper here.