The riparian zone is in intimate contact with the river and, as such, is a critical zone for understanding hydrological problems. This paper presents a general modelling methodology for the assessment of riparian hydrological processes. It is applicable to a wide range of riparian spaces and incorporates current expertise in numerical methods. A core part of the modelling methodology is the random walk particle method (RWPM). We develop an RWPM as part of the ESTEL2D subsurface flow model, test it against analytical solutions and apply it to the simulation of parcels of water as they move through the riparian zone. The modelling methodology provides a new opportunity to assess fundamental hydrological process issues such as the proportioning of pre-event and event water storm runoff, and reversals of flow in floodplains.
Bibliographical notePublisher: Wiley
Cloke, HL., Anderson, MG., & Renaud, J-P. (2006). Development of a modelling methodology for the investigation of riparian hydrological processes. Hydrological Processes, 20 (1), 85 - 107. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.5900