Journal cover Journal topic
The Cryosphere An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2017-176
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Research article
05 Sep 2017
Review status
This discussion paper is a preprint. It is a manuscript under review for the journal The Cryosphere (TC).
Estimating interaction between surface water and groundwater in a permafrost region using heat tracing methods
Tanguang Gao1, Jie Liu2, Tingjun Zhang1, Yuantao Hu1, Jianguo Shang1, Shufa Wang1, Xiongxin Xiao1, Chuankun Liu2, Shichang Kang3,4, Mika Sillanpää5,6, and Yulan Zhang3 1Key Laboratory of Western China's Environmental Systems (Ministry of Education), College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, 730000, China
2Institute of Water Sciences, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
3State Key laboratory of cryospheric Science, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
4CAS Center for Excelence in Tibetan Plateau Earth Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
5Laboratory of Green Chemistry, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Mikkeli, Finland
6Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA
Abstract. Understanding the interactions between groundwater and surface water in permafrost regions is essential to the understanding of flood frequencies and river water quality of high latitude/altitude basins. The application of heat tracing methods, based on oscillating streambed temperature signals, is a promising geophysical method for identifying and quantifying the groundwater and surface water interactions. Analytical analysis based on one-dimensional convective-conductive heat transport equation combined with the fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing measurements were applied on a streambed of a mountainous permafrost region in the Yeniugou basin of northern Tibetan Plateau. The results indicated that low connectivity between the stream and groundwater in permafrost and active layer. The interaction between surface water and groundwater increased with thawing of the active layer. This study demonstrates that heat tracing method can be applied to study surface water-groundwater interactions over temporal and spatial scales in permafrost regions.

Citation: Gao, T., Liu, J., Zhang, T., Hu, Y., Shang, J., Wang, S., Xiao, X., Liu, C., Kang, S., Sillanpää, M., and Zhang, Y.: Estimating interaction between surface water and groundwater in a permafrost region using heat tracing methods, The Cryosphere Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2017-176, in review, 2017.
Tanguang Gao et al.
Tanguang Gao et al.
Tanguang Gao et al.

Viewed

Total article views: 273 (including HTML, PDF, and XML)

HTML PDF XML Total BibTeX EndNote
194 76 3 273 3 4

Views and downloads (calculated since 05 Sep 2017)

Cumulative views and downloads (calculated since 05 Sep 2017)

Viewed (geographical distribution)

Total article views: 273 (including HTML, PDF, and XML)

Thereof 262 with geography defined and 11 with unknown origin.

Country # Views %
  • 1

Saved

Discussed

Latest update: 22 Nov 2017
Publications Copernicus
Download
Short summary
Understanding the interactions between groundwater and surface water in permafrost regions is essential to the understanding of flood frequencies and river water quality of high latitude/altitude basins. Thus, we analyzed the interaction between surface water and groundwater in a permafrost region in the northern Tibetan Plateau by using heat tracing methods.
Understanding the interactions between groundwater and surface water in permafrost regions is...
Share