Salinity modelling of experimental catchments

J. K. Ruprecht, Murugesu Sivapalan

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A long term chloride balance model was coupled to a water balance model developed for small experimental catchments in south-west Australia. The chloride balance model was designed as a simple, robust, conceptually-based model of the basic assumed chloride fluxes and stores in forested and cleared catchments. The model has three inter-dependent storages representing the unsaturated zone, saturated zone and stream-zone. The model performed well in simulations carried out on Salmon and Wights catchments in the Collie River Basin, south-west Western Australia. When applied to Wights catchment the chloride transport model was able to predict the pre-clearing forested salinities and the increased salinities due to clearing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-131
Number of pages6
JournalNational Conference Publication - Institution of Engineers, Australia
Issue number91 pt 22
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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