Journal Highlights

Above and Below: Understanding River-Groundwater Exchanges

Editors' Vox—

Field data, new technologies, numerical modelling, and geostatistical methods can be combined to improve understanding of the interactions between surface water and groundwater.

Contemporary hydrology is concerned with pressing problems that often involve the interactions between rivers and groundwater. A review article recently published in Reviews of Geophysics explored scientific advances in observing, quantifying, measuring, and predicting the characteristics and processes that occur at the interface between surface water and groundwater. The editors asked the authors to explain some of the field-based and theoretical methods being used, and describe some of the challenges for research in this area....more


Editor’s Highlight—Review of methods for understanding interactions between rivers and groundwater

The interaction between surface and sub-surface waters is critical in determining the chemical, physical, and biological properties of both. The distributed and/or below-ground nature of these waters makes them difficult to observe directly at important scale, making remote sensing and modeling approaches key in understanding these coupled systems. This paper provides an excellent and timely review of these methods, with a novel addition of tutorials for readers to help understand and put these methods into practice. 

-- Philip Brunner and Philippe Renard, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland; René Therrien, Université Laval Québec, Canada; Craig T. Simmons, Flinders University, Australia; and Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany,