A Comparison of the Hydrology of the Swiss Alps and the Southern Alps of New Zealand

Weingartner, Rolf; Pearson, Charles (2001). A Comparison of the Hydrology of the Swiss Alps and the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Mountain Research and Development, 21(4), pp. 370-381. International Mountain Society 10.1659/0276-4741(2001)021[0370:ACOTHO]2.0.CO;2

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The hydrology of the Alps in Switzerland and New Zealand is compared. Similarities and differences in topographical features, climate and weather characteristics, precipitation, and streamflow are identified. Precipitation and runoff are much higher in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, whereas the proportion and influence of snow to rainfall is greater in the Swiss Alps. Despite differences related to continental versus island characteristics and different altitudinal ranges, both Alps are important for producing water resources for downstream regions. Swiss evaporation data were used to improve knowledge of evaporation in the Southern Alps. Comparison of water volumes involved in the hydrological cycle highlighted the fact that the Southern Alps are one of the highest wateryielding regions of the world’s temperate zones.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography > Unit Hydrology
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Weingartner, Rolf

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0276-4741

Publisher:

International Mountain Society

Language:

English

Submitter:

Deborah Nathalie Jutzi

Date Deposited:

21 Oct 2019 19:19

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2019 18:36

Publisher DOI:

10.1659/0276-4741(2001)021[0370:ACOTHO]2.0.CO;2

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.134023

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/134023

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