2021 Distinguished Lecture Series - Theresa Blume

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2021 Distinguished Lecture Series


Theresa Blume
Leader of the Working Group Hillslope-and Ecohydrology,
GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience, Germany

Field observations of hydrological flow path evolution over 10 millennia

We investigated the coevolution of soils, vegetation and hydrological flow paths along two chronosequences of glacial moraines in the Swiss Alps. This investigation included irrigation experiments using dye tracers at the plot scale and stable water isotopes at the hillslope scale, as well as detailed soil physical characterization. Comparison of the two chronosequences, with one developing on siliceous and one on calcareous parent material provides insight into the influence of geology on this understudied aspect of landscape evolution.

Discussion Paper

Research Interests

Dr. Blume's research interests include:

  • Investigation of hydrological processes with innovative experimental/data analytical methods and numerical modelling: Influence of geomorphology, geology, vegetation, subsurface structures and preferential flow on hydrological response and water storage
  • Hillslope-stream connectivity
  • Soil moisture as a control for runoff response
  • Root water uptake
  • Use of tracers for the investigation of hydrological processes: stable isotopes, dye tracers, geogenic tracers, temperature
  • Investigation of groundwater-surface water interactions with various methods, e.g. high spatial resolution fibre optic temperature sensing
  • Dynamics and controls of groundwater recharge
  • Connecting paleo-climatic proxy time series with recent hydrological data sets

Distinguished Lecture Series 2021

This lecture is part of the GIWS Distinguished Lecture Series 2021. Click below for more information on the series, including a full schedule and an archive of previous years.

Distinguished Lecture Series


Event Details

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST