Reference : Does the Budyko curve reflect a maximum power state of hydrological systems? A backwa...
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Physical, chemical, mathematical & earth Sciences : Earth sciences & physical geography
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/193398
Does the Budyko curve reflect a maximum power state of hydrological systems? A backward analysis
English
Westhoff, Martijn mailto [Université de Liège > Département ArGEnCo > Hydraulics in Environmental and Civil Engineering >]
Zehe, Erwin mailto [Karlsruhe institute of Technology > Institute of Water and River Basin Management > Chair of Hydrology > >]
Archambeau, Pierre mailto [Université de Liège > Département ArGEnCo > HECE (Hydraulics in Environnemental and Civil Engineering) >]
Dewals, Benjamin mailto [Université de Liège > Département ArGEnCo > Hydraulics in Environmental and Civil Engineering >]
Jan-2016
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
European Geosciences Union
20
Catchment co-evolution: space–time patterns and functional controls
479-486
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
1027-5606
1607-7938
Katlenburg-Lindau
Germany
[en] Almost all catchments plot within a small envelope around the Budyko curve. This apparent
behaviour suggests that organizing principles may play a role in the evolution of catchments. In
this paper we applied the thermodynamic principle of maximum power as the organizing principle.
In a top-down approach we derived mathematical formulations of the relation between relative
wetness and gradients driving runoff and evaporation for a simple one-box model. We did this in an
inverse manner such that when the conductances are optimized with the maximum power principle,
the steady state behaviour of the model leads exactly to a point on the asymptotes of the Budyko
curve. Subsequently, we added dynamics in forcing and actual evaporations, causing the Budyko
curve to deviate from the asymptotes. Despite the simplicity of the model, catchment observations
compare reasonably well with the Budyko curves subject to observed dynamics in rainfall and actual
evaporation. Thus by constraining the model with the asymptotes of the Budyko curve we were able
to derive more realistic values of the aridity and evaporation index without any calibration parameter.
Future work should focus on better representing the boundary conditions of real catchments and
eventually adding more complexity to the model.
EU - European Commission
MSCA-COFUND-BeIPD
Researchers
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/193398
10.5194/hess-20-479-2016
http://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/20/479/2016/
http://reflexions.ulg.ac.be/en/MathsWaterFlow

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