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Soil pipe distribution and hydrological functioning within the humid tropics : a synthesis.

Chappell, Nick A. (2010) Soil pipe distribution and hydrological functioning within the humid tropics : a synthesis. Hydrological Processes, 24 (12). pp. 1567-1581. ISSN 0885-6087

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Abstract

Some of the most responsive runoff systems in the world are found within the humid tropics. These runoff responses are likely to be affected by the presence of natural pipes within the soil. This study provides a synthesis of the hydrological aspects of these phenomena within the humid tropics. Of the studies reporting the presence of soil piping within the humid tropics, most are associated with Ultisol soils, and, locally, most pipe outlets are observed on the lower sections of hillslopes. While the drainage role of pipes has been observed (providing faster and slower components of stream hydrographs), the mechanism of their recharge remains less clear. In part, this is because their spatial extent is poorly mapped within the hillslopes of the humid tropics. Further studies quantifying the length and recharge of soil pipe networks within the humid tropics are needed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Hydrological Processes
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > Q Science (General)
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ID Code: 40011
Deposited By: Dr Nick A. Chappell
Deposited On: 06 Apr 2011 15:53
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2014 14:52
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/40011

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