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HESS | Articles | Volume 22, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1911–1916, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1911-2018
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1911–1916, 2018
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Opinion article 19 Mar 2018

Opinion article | 19 Mar 2018

HESS Opinions: Linking Darcy's equation to the linear reservoir

Hubert H. G. Savenije
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This paper provides the connection between two simple equations describing groundwater flow at different scales: the Darcy equation describes groundwater flow at pore scale, the linear reservoir equation at catchment scale. The connection between the two appears to be very simple. The two parameters of the equations are proportional, depending on the porosity of the subsoil and the resistance for the groundwater to enter the surface drainage network.
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