Drought detection in the Murray-Darling basin from space gravity and hydrologic observations

Leblanc, M., Ramillien, G., Tregoning, P., and Tweed, S. (2008) Drought detection in the Murray-Darling basin from space gravity and hydrologic observations. In: Geophysical Research Abstracts (10), p. 1. From: European Geosciences Union: General Assembly 2008, 13 – 18 April 2008, Vienna, Austria.

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Abstract

GRACE geoid data were used to monitor and analyse the severe multi-year drought of Murray-Darling river basin in Australia for the recent period (08/2002-07/2007). The GRGS/CNES 10-day solutions up to degree 50 (i.e., spatial resolution of ˜400 km) were used to estimate time-series (and associated uncertainties) of water volume change over this˜1 millions of km2 region and revealed a significant decrease of water mass versus time of˜100 cubic km. Annual averages of GRACE-derived water storage were compared to in-situ observations of surface waters and showed a correlation of 98%. In this semi-arid region of Australia, groundwater represents the larger part of the total water loss (70%) during the drought, thus showing the capability of GRACE to detect and monitor variations of shallow groundwater.

Item ID: 4921
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ISSN: 1607-7962
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2009 07:08
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040608 Surfacewater Hydrology @ 50%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040603 Hydrogeology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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