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Hydrology and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2016-501
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28 Sep 2016
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This discussion paper is a preprint. It has been under review for the journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS). The revised manuscript was not accepted.
Technical Note: Monitoring streamflow generation processes at Cape Fear
Flavia Tauro1, Andrea Petroselli2, Aldo Fiori3, Nunzio Romano4, Maria Cristina Rulli5, Maurizio Porfiri6, Mario Palladino4, and Salvatore Grimaldi1,6 1Dipartimento per l'Innovazione nei Sistemi Biologici, Agroalimentari e Forestali, University of Tuscia, Viterbo 01100, Italy
2Department of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences (DAFNE), University of Tuscia, Viterbo 01100, Italy
3Dipartimento di Ingegneria, RomaTre University, Rome 00146, Italy
4Department of Agricultural Sciences, AFBE Division, University of Napoli Federico II, Napoli 80138, Italy
5Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Ambientale, Politecnico di Milano, Milan 20133, Italy
6Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, New York University Tandon School of Engineering, 11201 Brooklyn, NY, USA
Abstract. Hillslope processes are fundamental for the comprehension of the hydrological response of natural systems. However, their complexity demands real time and continuous observations. In this paper, we assess the feasibility of studying streamflow generation processes at Cape Fear, a "hybrid" hillslope plot at University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy. Cape Fear is a 7 × 7 m2 confined soil-filled wood-sided plot, whose water fluxes can be continuously monitored. The plot design is simple, yet versatile to test hypotheses on the hydrological response of hillslope areas. The suitability of the plot for investigating runoff generation and hillslope processes is presented through a demonstrative experiment in the case of a natural rainfall event. A combination of traditional and innovative measurement techniques confirms that runoff onset is due to saturation overland flow. Future studies will address the influence of diverse land covers and spatial pathways evolution on the response at the hillslope scale.

Citation: Tauro, F., Petroselli, A., Fiori, A., Romano, N., Rulli, M. C., Porfiri, M., Palladino, M., and Grimaldi, S.: Technical Note: Monitoring streamflow generation processes at Cape Fear, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2016-501, 2016.
Flavia Tauro et al.
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