Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2020MD177B

Using high-frequency data and concentration-discharge relationships to describe solute mobilization and transport in suburban and urban watersheds (Graduate Fellowship)

Institute: Maryland
Year Established: 2020 Start Date: 2020-03-01 End Date: 2021-02-27
Total Federal Funds: $6,000 Total Non-Federal Funds: $12,003

Principal Investigators: Joel Moore

Abstract: Concentration-discharge (C-Q) relationships provide insight into the hydrologic and hydrochemical processes governing solute export in watersheds, in part, by highlighting the relative contributions of solute transport pathways and the timing of solute delivery during storm events. Previous C-Q studies have focused primarily on forested and agricultural watersheds. Beyond nutrients, little investigation of solute dynamics in urban watersheds has been performed to date. In this study, we will examine concentration-discharge relationships for multiple dissolved species in one suburban and two urban watersheds using a combination of high-frequency specific conductance data and discrete storm event sampling.