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Research interests and expertise

·        Self-organizing principles within hydrological systems

Network structure are omnipresent across a whole range of scales (e.g. river networks, gully networks, root structures or macropore networks). This suggests that there are some overarching  organizing principles in nature creating these structures. Because such preferential flowpaths effectively reduce flow resistances, I hypothesize that thermodynamic optimality principles can explain these structure.

·        Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) in hydrology

Temperature can be an effective tracer in hydrology. The DTS technique consists of a fiber optic cable capable of measuring temperature at sub-meter resolution at several seconds averages. With this technique it is possible to locate distinct groundwater sources into small streams, measure vertical or horizontal temperature profiles in water bodies, soil or atmosphere or can be used to calibrate detailed stream temperature models.

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Last mutation Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam(2016-02-01)

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Research Output 2006 2017

  • 15 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research external, graduation external

Maximum energy dissipation to explain velocity fields in shallow reservoirs

Westhoff, M. C., Erpicum, S., Archambeau, P., Pirotton, M. & Dewals, B. 28 Feb 2017 In : Journal of Hydraulic Research. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Does the Budyko curve reflect a maximum-power state of hydrological systems? A backward analysis

Westhoff, M., Zehe, E., Archambeau, P. & Dewals, B. 28 Jan 2016 In : Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 20, 1, p. 479-486 8 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Limitation of self-organization within a confined aquifer

Westhoff, M. C., Erpicum, S., Archambeau, P., Pirotton, M., Dewals, B. & Zehe, E. 2016 Sustainable Hydraulics in the Era of Global Change - Proceedings of the 4th European Congress of the International Association of Hydroenvironment engineering and Research, IAHR 2016. CRC Press/Balkema, p. 452-458 7 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewConference contribution

Advancing catchment hydrology to deal with predictions under change

Ehret, U. , Gupta, H. V. , Sivapalan, M. , Weijs, S. V. , Schymanski, S. J. , Blöschl, G. , Gelfan, A. N. , Harman, C. J. , Kleidon, A. , Bogaard, T. A. , Wang, D. , Wagener, F. A. D. T. , Scherer, H. U. , Zehe, E. , Bierkens, M. F. P. , Di Baldassarre, G. , Parajka, J. , Van Beek, L. P. H. , van Griensven, A. , Westhoff, M. C. & 1 others Winsemius, H. C. 19 Feb 2014 In : Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 18, 2, p. 649-671 23 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

HESS Opinions: From response units to functional units: A thermodynamic reinterpretation of the HRU concept to link spatial organization and functioning of intermediate scale catchments

Zehe, E., Ehret, U., Pfister, L., Blume, T., Schröder, B., Westhoff, M., Jackisch, C., Schymanski, S. J., Weiler, M., Schulz, K., Allroggen, N., Tronicke, J., Van Schaik, L., Dietrich, J. P., Scherer, H. U., Eccard, J., Wulfmeyer, V. & Kleidon, A. 26 Nov 2014 In : Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 18, 11, p. 4635-4655 21 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle