Research in the HOAL / Floods
06 June 2019

Visit of "Vienna Doctoral Programme" students

On the 5th of June, a group of students of the Vienna Doctoral Programme on Water Resource...


17 April 2019

Maintenance at the weather station

On 17th of April there was a big maintenance at the HOAL weather station with repairing and...


15 April 2019

Professor Thomas Dunne visiting the HOAL

Professor Thomas Dunne is an expert of fluvial geomorphology and hydrology, working at the...


08 November 2018

Geophysical mapping

In October Geophysics students from TU Wien were operating electromagnetic induction (EMI)...


Science Questions – How are Floods Generated?

Understanding runoff generation mechanisms is very important for better estimating floods that may occur in small catchments, in particular if one is interested in extrapolating from small to large floods and to changed environmental conditions. Researchers in the HOAL are investigating flood generation aided by the diversity of runoff generation processes such as surface runoff, springs, tile drains and wetlands.

Saturation patterns within the catchment are monitored using video cameras to understand the space-time patterns and connectivity of surface flow. This is complementary to the soil moisture network by providing better spatial resolution.

The images allow the assessment of the role of surface ponding, micro-topography and the spatial organisation of surface flow within the catchment. They are used for validating theories of flow connectivity and distributed hydrological models, and assist in understanding water quality and sediment transport processes in the HOAL.

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