Finite-element modelling of physics-based hillslope hydrology, Keith Beven, and beyond

Hydrological Processes
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Keith Beven is a voice of reason on the intelligent use of models and the subsequent acknowledgement/assessment of the uncertainties associated with environmental simula-tion. With several books and hundreds of papers, Keith’s work is widespread, well known, and highly referenced. Four of Keith’s most notable contributions are the iconic TOPMODEL (Beven and Kirkby, 1979), classic papers on macropores and preferential flow (Beven and Germann, 1982, 2013), two editions of the rainfall-runoff modelling bible (Beven, 2000a, 2012), and the selection/commentary for the first volume from the Benchmark Papers in Hydrology series (Beven, 2006b). Remarkably, the thirty-one papers in his benchmark volume, entitled Streamflow Generation Processes, are not tales of modelling wizardry but describe measurements designed to better understand the dynamics of near-surface systems (quintessential Keith). The impetus for this commentary is Keith’sPhD research (Beven, 1975), where he developed a new finite-element model and conducted concept-development simu-lations based upon the processes identified by, for example, Richards (1931), Horton (1933), Hubbert (1940), Hewlett and Hibbert (1963), and Dunne and Black (1970a,b). Readers not familiar with the different mechanisms of streamflow generation are referred to Dunne (1978).
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Finite-element modelling of physics-based hillslope hydrology, Keith Beven, and beyond
Series title Hydrological Processes
DOI 10.1002/hyp.10762
Volume 30
Issue 14
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) National Research Program - Central Branch
Description 6 p.
First page 2432
Last page 2437
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