EGU2020-18217
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-18217
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Falcon constructed artificial catchment for whole ecosystem manipulation how we build it and what are the first results

Martin Bartiška and Jan Frouz
Martin Bartiška and Jan Frouz
  • Fac. Sci. Charles University in Prague, Institute for environmental studies, Praha 2, Czechia (frouz@natur.cuni.cz)

Subsurface processes are often omitted in catchment studies here we presented artificial catchment as a new tool to study and budget these processes on catchment level.

Falcon is and artificial  catchment that build in Sokolov post mining sites Catchment consist from four separate micro catchments (pools) each ) 0.25ha in area and 2m in depth which are hydrologically isolated  and filled by post mining overburden. Two fields were levelled while in two was wave like surface was produced to mimic situation after heaping.  Leveled micro catchments were planted by alder (Alnus glutinosa).

Catchment allow to study meteorological variables, surface and subsurface runoff,  and other key ecosystem parameters (water table depth chemical composition of pore water, soil respiration, gas exchange between ecosystem and surrounding atmosphere using eddy tower etc.). First result show large erosion on waves then on levelled sites however large proportion of material eroded from flat site leave the site while in wave like surface most of it is trapped in depression between waves. Subsurface runoff form large proportion of total runoff in wavy sites than in flat sites. Stable water table established quickly in both types of catchments} few months after catchment establishment. Flat sites show higher initial diversity of plants.

How to cite: Bartiška, M. and Frouz, J.: Falcon constructed artificial catchment for whole ecosystem manipulation how we build it and what are the first results, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-18217, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-18217, 2020

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