Streamflow Generation from Subalpine Forests

by C. A. Troendle, Rocky Mountain Forest & Range, Experiment Station, Fort Collins, CO, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Watershed Management in the Eighties

Abstract: Much of the hydrologic modelling done in the subalpine forest of the central Rockies is based on the Subalpine Water Balance Model. This paper reports on plot studies on the Fraser Experimental Forest aimed at better defining the pathway of water movement and the processes by which melt or rain water migrate toward the streamchannel, and providing a data base from which the existing model can be improved. Dunne summarized hillslope studies worldwide and numerous investigators have attempted to define the pathway of water movement down forested slopes. Troendle attempted to equate hillslope and watershed response in the development of a Variable Source Area Hydrologic simulator. Once the hydrologic processes on a hillside have been defined, a watershed segment can be constructed, then a subdrainage, and, ultimately, the watershed.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Forests | Model analysis | Slopes | Watersheds | Data processing | Water balance

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