Energy dissipation, runoff production, and the three‐dimensional structure of river basins

Energy dissipation, runoff production, and the three‐dimensional structure of river basins Three principles of optimal energy expenditure are used to derive the most important structural characteristics observed in drainage networks: (1) the principle of minimum energy expenditure in any link of the network, (2) the principle of equal energy expenditure per unit area of channel anywhere in the network, and (3) the principle of minimum total energy expenditure in the network as a whole. Their joint application results in a unified picture of the most important empirical facts which have been observed in the dynamics of the network and its three‐dimensional structure. They also link the process of runoff production in the basin with the characteristics of the network. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Water Resources Research Wiley

Energy dissipation, runoff production, and the three‐dimensional structure of river basins

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1992 by the American Geophysical Union.
ISSN
0043-1397
eISSN
1944-7973
DOI
10.1029/91WR03034
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Abstract

Three principles of optimal energy expenditure are used to derive the most important structural characteristics observed in drainage networks: (1) the principle of minimum energy expenditure in any link of the network, (2) the principle of equal energy expenditure per unit area of channel anywhere in the network, and (3) the principle of minimum total energy expenditure in the network as a whole. Their joint application results in a unified picture of the most important empirical facts which have been observed in the dynamics of the network and its three‐dimensional structure. They also link the process of runoff production in the basin with the characteristics of the network.

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Water Resources ResearchWiley

Published: Apr 1, 1992

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