Geology 230

Groundwater/ Surface Water Interaction

California State University, Sacramento

Week 2:

Quantifying Hyporheic Interactions


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Discuss tracer tests that use different scales and tracer types

  • Evaluate the effects of transient storage


Reading Assignments:

1) Jones and Mulholland:  pp. 3-41


2) Harvey, J. W., Wagner, B. J., and Bencala, K. E., Evaluating the reliability of the stream tracer approach to characterize stream-subsurface water exchange: Water Resources Research, v. 32, pp. 2441-2451.


Harvey et al


3) Zellweger, G. W., 1994, Testing and comparison of four ionic tracers to measure stream flow loss by multiple tracer injection: Hydrological Processes, v. 8, pp. 155-165.




4) Zellweger, G. W., Avanzino, R. J., and Bencala, K. E., 1989, Comparison of tracer-dilution and current-meter discharge measurements in a small gravel-bed stream, Little Lost Man Creek, California: U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Investigations Report 89-4150, 20 p.


Zellweger et al





Tim's summary of Jones and Mulholland, pp. 1-43:


Transient storage


Jessica's presentation:


Harvey et al summary

Emily's presentation:


Zellweger summary