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Seasonal variations of water temperature and discharge in rivers draining ice-free and partially-glacierised Alpine basins

Collins, DN 2009, Seasonal variations of water temperature and discharge in rivers draining ice-free and partially-glacierised Alpine basins , in: 17th International Northern Research Basins Symposium and Workshop, 12th - 18th August 2009, Iqaluit-Pangnirtung-Kuujjuaq, Canada.

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    Abstract

    Records of discharge and temperature of water in rivers draining from 3 Alpine basins between ice-free and 66% glacier-covered, in the upper Aare and Rhône catchments, Switzerland, were examined in order to assess the impacts of percentage glacierisation of large basins on runoff regime and seasonal pattern of river water temperature. The month with maximum runoff is delayed from May for the ice-free Allenbach to July and August for the ice-melt dominated Lonza and Massa. Ice-melt contributions to runoff suppressed water temperatures in summer in the two glacier-fed rivers, but a distinctive seasonal temperature regime was observed only in the Massa, draining the most highly-glacierised basin. Maximum water temperature in the Massa occurred at low flow in April. Subsequently as icemelt discharge increased, water temperature decreased and mean monthly temperature was maintained at about the same level between July and September.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
    Journal or Publication Title: Northern Research Basins Symposium
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: DN Collins
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2011 10:59
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:14
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18324

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