EGU General Assembly 2021
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Hydrology without Dimensions

Amilcare Porporato
Amilcare Porporato
  • Princeton, PRINCETON NJ, United States of America (
Dimensional analysis offers an ideal playground to tackle complex hydrological problems. The powerful dimension reduction, in terms of governing dimensionless groups, afforded by the PI-theorem and the related self-similarity arguments is especially fruitful in case of nonlinear models and complex datasets. After briefly reviewing these main concepts, in this lecture I will present several applications ranging from hydrologic partitioning (Budyko's curve) and stochastic ecohydrology, to global weathering rates and soil formation, as well as landscape evolution and channelization. Since Copernicus-dot-org asks me to add at least 25 words to the abstract, I would like to thank the colleagues who supported my nomination for the Dalton medal and my many collaborators.

How to cite: Porporato, A.: Hydrology without Dimensions, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-8542,, 2021.

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