EGU General Assembly 2020
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SURFLAT: Measuring and modelling surface runoff in flat landscapes

Peter Schaap1, Perry de Louw2, and Sjoerd van der Zee1
Peter Schaap et al.
  • 1Wageningen University , Environmental sciences, Soil physics and land management, Netherlands (
  • 2Deltares Research Institute, Netherlands

Surface runoff is widely recognized as playing an important and unique role in contaminant
transport from agricultural fields to the river system. Its quantification however is still
underdeveloped, especially in flat areas. Because micro-topography (< 10 cm) likely is an
important controlling factor in such landscapes, accurate predictions of the occurrence and
quantity of surface runoff are limited by a lack of high-quality data and/or computational power.
This project will explore the applicability of both conceptual (fill-and-spill) and state-of-the-art
physically based models to estimate surface runoff at the field scale. Laser technology will provide
high resolution surface topography data and direct measurements of surface runoff will aid in
validating the hydrologic models. The goal of this research is to use the results of the field study to
develop an efficient and accurate upscaling scheme, centred around a generic parameterization of
micro-topographic variability. This could support decision and policy making and contribute to
increasing the water quality of river systems.

How to cite: Schaap, P., de Louw, P., and van der Zee, S.: SURFLAT: Measuring and modelling surface runoff in flat landscapes, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-20476,, 2020

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