Ephemeral Hydrology

Discussing the dry streambed of the Arkansas River at Larned. Photo by KGS.

Most hydrologic research has focused on permanent water features, such as perennial streams and lakes, meaning that intermittent and ephemeral water features are relatively understudied.

Ongoing work in this area is investigating the ecohydrological and biogeochemical function of intermittent streams and playas in western Kansas, and quantifying spatial and temporal characteristics of stream intermittency across the US.

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Sam Zipper
Assistant Scientist, Groundwater Hydrology

I specialize in ecohydrology and hydrogeology of agricultural systems.

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