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Improving Water Resources Management from the Ground Up

Sarah Witman, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— The key to sustainable water resource management isn’t satellite technology yet—it’s a new spin on time-tested rain and stream gauges. We might not always think about it, but the water that quenches our thirst, flushes away our waste, waters our lawns—and so much.... more

Toward a better understanding of high mountain lakes

Editor’s Highlight—   Size, morphometry, depth, volume, and catchment/surface ratio are basic parameters for any limnological study, thus a new approach for how to infer such data from other sources is useful for the assessment of the role of freshwater bodies with respect to productivity or biodiversity..... more

Simulating the effects of managed aquifer recharge

Editor’s Highlight—   The paper makes a case for achieving agro-ecological benefits by modifying water management, and particularly irrigation operations, to store surplus surface flows underground by over-irrigating farmers’ fields. While this sounds like a high-risk venture, the authors identify the.... more

Understanding the impact of invasive species on river systems

Editor’s Highlight—   This paper proposes a modelling approach to include the main interactions between native and invasive species, and the processes that determine the effects of the vegetation on the river morphology. This is based in the coupling of two pre-existing models, one ecohydrological model.... more

A New Model for River Meanders

Emily Underwood, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— A river’s twists and turns are shaped by its past flood events.  Every time a river floods, it subtly or drastically changes its path. Scientists have long strived to capture this complex process in mathematical models because it includes many variables, including.... more

Follow Earthworm Tracks to Better Simulate Water Flow in Soils

Sarah Stanley, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— Incorporating paths carved by the critters and by tree roots helps scientists align simulations of tropical soils more closely with real-world data.  In humid tropical forests, intense biological activity shapes the ground below. Tree roots and earthworms carve paths.... more

Small Wetlands Retain Lion’s Share of Nutrients

Sarah Witman, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— Still-water ecosystems are key to combating explosive algae growth.  Over the past hundred years, synthetic fertilizer use on crops and lawns has increased exponentially, flooding coastal and inland waterways with unprecedented levels of nitrogen and phosphorous..... more

How much rain does it take to cause a landslide?

Editor’s Highlight—   This paper presents a rigorous analysis of rainfall thresholds for landslides. This was based on a long-term landslide catalogue of more than 2000 landslides over a 40-year period in Switzerland, and a gridded daily precipitation data set. The authors compared the predictive performance.... more

New insights on the range of pore scale displacement events

Editor’s Highlight—   This paper reports on an experimental study on pore scale flow regimes during immiscible displacement of brine by CO2. Using fluorescence microscopy, the dominant flow regime observed in a heterogeneous 2D micromodel pattern is capillary fingering. The experimental technique used.... more