An overview of the VeWa project

This talk was given by Doerthe Tetzlaff as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in October 2016

VeWa-related contributions at EGU 2018 in Vienna

Oral presentations

  • Thursday, 12 Apr, 09:30–09:45, Room 2.31

EGU2018-696 | Orals | HS2.3.4
Water ages in the critical zone of northern environments: Relation between storage and travel times of transpiration and recharge fluxes
Matthias Sprenger, Doerthe Tetzlaff, and Chris Soulsby

  • Friday, 13 Apr, 09:15–09:30, Room 2.15

EGU2018-2823 | Orals | HS10.5/BG2.1/SSS13.40
Advances in ecohydrological modelling at multiple scales using stable isotopes
Doerthe Tetzlaff, Sylvain Kuppel, Marco Maneta, Aaron Smith, and Chris Soulsby


VeWa-related contributions at AGU 2017 in New Orleans

Oral presentations


  • Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017

08:45 - 09:00 @ Room 298-299

Assessing ecohydrological controls on catchment water storage, flux and age dynamics using tracers in a physically-based, spatially distributed model.
S. Kuppel, D. Tetzlaff, M.P. Maneta, and C. Soulsby (H21O-04).

  • Thursday, 14 Dec 2017

09:45 – 10:00 @ Room 280-282

High resolution isotope data and ensemble modelling reveal ecohydrological controls on catchment storage-discharge relationships and flux travel time distributions (Invited).
C. Soulsby, S. Kuppel, A. Smith, and D. Tetzlaff (H41Q-08).

13:55 – 14:10 @ La Nouvelle C

The essential value of long-term experimental data for hydrology and water management (Invited).
D. Tetzlaff, S.K. Carey, J.P. McNamara, H. Laudon, and C. Soulsby (H43O-02).

  • Friday, 15 Dec 2017

08:30 - 08:45 @ Room 298-299

Using isotopes to quantify evaporation and non-stationary transit times distributions in lake water budgets.
A. Smith, D. Tetzlaff, and C. Soulsby (H51N-03).


  • Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017

13:40 – 18:00 @ Poster Hall D-F

Quantifying the role of vegetation in controlling the time-variant age of evapotranspiration, soil water and stream flow.
D. Tetzlaff, A. Smith, and C. Soulsby (H23H-1773).

  • Thursday, 14 Dec 2017

13:40 – 18:00 @ Poster Hall D-F

Water Travel Time Distributions in Permafrost-affected Catchments: Challenges, Progress and Implications.
T. Ilaria Piovano, D. Tetzlaff, A. Smith, P. Ala-aho, P.A. Wookey, and C. Soulsby (H43F-1720).

  • Friday, 15 Dec 2017

08:00 - 12:00 @ Poster Hall D-F

Information footprint of different ecohydrological data sources: using multi-objective calibration of a physically-based model as hypothesis testing.
C. Soulsby, S. Kuppel, M.P. Maneta, and D. Tetzlaff (H51F-1334).

VeWa related presentations at EGU Leonardo Conference on "Water stable isotopes in the hydrological cycle" 16.‐18.10.2017 in the Black Forest, Germany:

Tetzlaff, Doerthe, Ala-Aho, P; Buttle, J; Carey, SK; Kohn, M; Kuppel, S; Laudon, H; McDonnell, J; McNamara, JP; Spence, C; Sprenger, M; Smith, A; Soulsby, C :"Using stable isotopes to understand vegetation‐water linkages across northern landscapes (VeWa)"

Sprenger, Matthias; Tetzlaff, Doerthe; Ala-Aho, Pertti; Buttle, Jim; Laudon, Hjalmar; Mitchell, Carl; Snelgrove, Jenna; Weiler, Markus; Soulsby, Chris: "Water fluxes, transport and transit times" including recent work on "Mobile and tightly bound soil water fluxes in northern environments"

April 2017:

The VeWa team hold their annual project meeting / workshop in Dunkeld, Scotland in April 2017. This was the fourth major workshop (following meetings in Banff (Canada), Boise (US), Whitehorse (Yukon, Canada). The project meeting was extremely successful, with 2 full days of presentations and discussions and one day field trip. Action points for the remaining 18 months of the project, future papers and funding opportunities were discussed and decided upon.

VeWa related presentations at EGU in Vienna 2017:

Soil water storage, mixing dynamics and resulting travel times through the critical zone in northern latitudes. Matthias Sprenger, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Markus Weiler, and Chris Soulsby

Using stable isotopes to identify the scaling effects of riparian peatlands on runoff generation processes and DOC mobilisation. Claire Tunaley, Doerthe Tetzlaff, and Chris Soulsby

On informal hypothesis testing in hydrology: the example of the “two water worlds” hypothesis. Josie Geris, Chris Soulsby, and Doerthe Tetzlaff

Using "StorAge Selection" functions and high resolution isotope data to unravel travel time distributions in headwater catchments. Paolo Benettin, Chris Soulsby, Christian Birkel, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Gianluca Botter, and Andrea Rinaldo

Use of a tracer-aided model to identify water sources, flow paths and ages in a data sparse arctic headwater catchment. Thea Ilaria Piovano, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Pertti Ala-Aho, Philip Andrew Wookey, and Chris Soulsby

Tracing dynamics of soil – vegetation interactions in northern environments with stable isotopes. Matthias Sprenger, Doerthe Tetzlaff, and Chris Soulsby

Earth Day / March of Science:  Hydrologists from the School of Geosciences were among a select group of scientists whose work has been included in a series of essays published by The American Geophysical Union (AGU). Professor Doerthe Tetzlaff and Professor Chris Soulsby’s essay - The essential value of long-term experimental data for hydrology and water management - was published to coincide with Saturday’s March for Science, which took place in Washington DC and other locations around the world.

Their paper highlighted the importance of long-term data to understanding and managing the provision of clean water supplies, predicting and mitigating the effects of floods, and protecting ecosystem services provided by rivers and wetlands. The collection of essays published by the AGU covered a range of scientific disciplines written by notable scientists in their field, which were intended to highlight how Earth and space science research can help the economy and society. Commenting on their selection, Professor Tetzlaff said: “We were delighted to have been invited by the AGU to contribute to these essays, which aimed to discuss the critical role of research, the growing importance of data and of global scientific collaborations. “Only 27 essays were invited from geoscientists around the world, so to be selected to contribute was a great honour that we are very grateful for.”

March 2017

Prof. Doerthe Tetzlaff was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy of Science and Letters.

January 2017

Aaron Smith, who studied for his PhD at the University of Manitoba, Canada, started his work as a postdoc in Doerthe Tetzlaff's ERC funded project VeWa in January. Aaron’s background is in the development and implementation of tracer-aided models in northern latitude watersheds, with particular focus on evaporative fractionation effects in watershed scale data sparse modelling. Within the VeWa project, he will use high temporal resolution lake fluxes and measurements of isotopic compositions to identify and improve the understanding of lake evaporative fractionation in northern catchments. Aaron’s contribution will focus on the application of lake fractionation effects to tracer-aided modelling of data poor northern watersheds.



VeWa related Presentations at AGU 2016 in San Francisco:

Oral presentations

Environmental constraints on plant transpiration and the hydrological implications in a northern high latitude upland headwater catchmentHailong Wang, Doerthe Tetzlaff, and Chris Soulsby (H31K-03).

Spatio-Temporal Effects Of River Regulation On Habitat Suitability For Juvenile Atlantic Salmon: Implications For Ecosystem FunctioningBas Buddendorf, Iain Malcolm, Luca Fabris, Josie Geris, Mark Wilkinson, and Chris Soulsby (EP51D-03).

Using stable isotopes in process-based ecohydrologic modelling to infer vegetation imprint on water fluxes, partitioning and storage in boreal ecosystemsSylvain Kuppel, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Marco P. Maneta, and Chris Soulsby (H51N-03).

Assessing the Influence of Hydrological Connectivity on the Spawning Migration of Atlantic Salmon. Gianluca Lazzaro, Chris Soulsby, Doerthe Tetzlaff, and Gianluca Botter (H53J-07).


Electrical resistivity surveys to understand vegetation-water interlinkages in a northern latitude headwater catchment. Jonathan Dick, Doerthe Tetzlaff, John Bradford, and Chris Soulsby (H13K-1568).

Ecohydrological partitioning of water at long-term experimental sites in Northern latitudes using stable isotopes. Matthias Sprenger, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Sean Kevin Carey, Nadine J Shatilla, Hjalmar Laudon, James P McNamara, and Chris Soulsby (H33J-1689).

Scaling Effects of Riparian Peatlands on Stable Isotopes in Runoff and DOC Mobilization. Claire Tunaley, Doerthe Tetzlaff, and Chris Soulsby (H43I-1583).

An analytical method for assessing the spatial and temporal variation of juvenile Atlantic salmon habitat in an upland Scottish river. Luca Fabris, Iain Malcolm, Gianluca Lazzaro, Bas Buddendorf, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Gianluca Botter, Chris Soulsby (EP53D-1000).

Tracer-aided modelling to explore non-linearities in flow paths, hydrological connectivity and faecal contamination risk. Aaron Neill, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Norval Strachan, and Chris Soulsby (H53F-1768).

Conceptualisation of Snowpack Isotope Dynamics in Spatially Distributed Tracer-Aided Runoff Models in Snow Influenced Northern Catchments. Pertti Ala-Aho, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Hjalmar Laudon, James McNamara, and Chris Soulsby (H53H-1817).


Thea Ilaria Piovano, who received her MSc and BSc at Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, started her PhD under the supervision of Doerthe Tetzlaff and Chris Soulsby. Thea’s PhD is linked to Doerthe’s ERC funded project VeWa on Vegetation-water interlinkages.

Doerthe Tetzlaff and Chris Soulsby both were invited by the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) and the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Canada,  to each give a keynote lecture at the Distinguished Lecture Series, a weekly seminar series featuring top water experts from around the world. Both talks are available online.

Part of their stay involved a workshop on “Boundaries in Hydrology”, laboratory visits, field sites and discussions with members of the GIWS on future collaborations.

Spring and Summer 2016

Doerthe Tetzlaff, Chris Soulsby, and postdocs Pertti Ala Aho, Jonathan Dick, Matthias Sprenger and Hailong Wang, all visited Whitehorse, YT, Canada, in June where the 3rd annual workshop and project meeting of the ERC funded project VeWa was held. Over 4 days, the international project team discussed the progress of the project to date, agreed on future common sampling and analytical strategies and visited the long-term experimental field site of Wolf Creek.

Dr Sylvain Kuppel, who received his PhD from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Versailles, France, started his work as a postdoc in Doerthe Tetzlaff's ERC funded project VeWa in July. Starting from a background in physics, Sylvain’s work has evolved towards ecosystem ecology and regional-to-large-scale hydrology using global vegetation models, data assimilation techniques and data analysis. Through a modelling approach benefitting from the extensive datasets collected at the VeWa sites, he will contribute to the understanding of the influence of vegetation on water circulation in high-latitude catchments.

Professor Gianluca Botter of the University of Padua also visited Northern Rivers Institute in June. The focus of the visit was a collaborative workshop on “Stochastic approaches in ecohydrological modelling”

Professor Björn Klöve, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Research Group, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Finland also visited the Northern Rivers Institute in May. In addition to field visits to some of our long terms study sites to discuss collaborative projects, he also gave a seminar on the “Hydrology of Northern Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems”

Professor James Kirchner, Professor of the Physics of Environmental Systems; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland, visited the Northern Rivers Institute in May. Jim is and AGU Fellow and will deliver the 2016 AGU, Hydrology section, Langbein Lecture. The days of his stay were filled with collaborative analysis of the extensive, long-term data sets of the group, working on a paper with Chris Soulsby and Doerthe Tetzlaff. Jim also visited several of the NRI’s field sites along the Dee and discussion on future proposals took place. Finally, Jim also gave an exciting, well attended seminar “Hydrological and water quality dynamics, from minutes to millennia, in groundwater and streamflow”.

VeWa related Presentations at EGU in Vienna 2016:

Oral presentations:

(INVITED) Towards integrated approaches to advance understanding of ecohydrological systems across scales. Doerthe Tetzlaff and Chris Soulsby (EGU2016-2383)

(INVITED) Sensitivity of stream water age to climatic variability and land use change: implications for water quality. Chris Soulsby, Christian Birkel, Josie Geris, and Doerthe Tetzlaff (EGU2016-12231)

Using stable isotopes and integrated flow-tracer modelling to conceptualise vegetation influences on water partitioning, storage and runoff generation in high-latitude environments. Doerthe Tetzlaff, Jim Buttle, Sean Carey, Hjalmar Laudon, Jeff McDonnell, Jim McNamara, Chris Spence, Matthias Sprenger, Marjolein van Huijgevoort, and Chris Soulsby (EGU2016-3531)

Using a simple mixing model to assess the role of riparian wetlands in moderating stream water temperatures. Jonathan Dick, Doerthe Tetzlaff, and Chris Soulsby (EGU2016-601)


Towards tracer-aided spatially distributed models of catchment storage and mixing to predict non-stationary hydrologic and biogeochemical response. Chris Soulsby, Marjolein van Huijgevoort, Jonathan Dick, Christian Birkel, and Doerthe Tetzlaff (EGU2016-12386)

Influence of vegetation canopies on precipitation partitioning and isotope fractionation in northern upland catchments. Hannah Braun, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Chris Soulsby, and Markus Weiler (EGU2016-498)

Revealing plot scale heterogeneity in soil moisture dynamics under contrasting vegetation assemblages using 3D electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) surveys. Jonathan Dick, Doerthe Tetzlaff, John Bradford, and Chris Soulsby (EGU2016-605)

Integrated assessment of groundwater – surface water exchange in the hillslope – riparian interface of a montane catchment. Bernhard Scheliga, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Gunnar Nuetzmann, and Chris Soulsby EGU2016-279

Simulating spatially distributed catchment response using a fully-integrated surface-subsurface model based on dual calibration with streamflow and evapotranspiration. Pertti Ala-aho, Chris Soulsby, Hailong Wang, and Doerthe Tetzlaff (EGU2016-8078)


VeWa related Presentations at AGU Fall meeting 2015:

Oral presentations:

Doerthe Tetzlaff, Chris Soulsby (Invited): Hydroecological Interfaces between Landscapes and Riverscapes. Monday, 14 December 2015; 13:55 - 14:10; Moscone West; 3024

Claire Tunaley, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Jason Lessels, Chris Soulsby: Linking High Frequency Variations in Stream Water DOC to Ages of Water Sources in Peat-Dominated Montane Watersheds. Monday, 14 December 2015, 17:00 - 17:15, Moscone West, 2006

Marjolein Van Huijgevoort, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Edwin Sutanudjaja, Chris Soulsby: Using High Resolution Tracer Data to Constrain Storage and Flux Estimates in a Spatially Distributed Rainfall-runoff Model. Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 09:30 - 09:45, Moscone West, 3016

Doerthe Tetzlaff, James Buttle, Sean Carey, Hjalmar Laudon, Jeffrey McDonnell, James McNamara, Marjolein Van Huijgevoort, Christopher Spence, Chris Soulsby: VeWa: Assessing Vegetation Effects on Water Flows and Mixing in Northern Mountain Environments using Stable Isotopes and Conceptual Runoff Models. Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 15:25 - 15:40, Moscone West, 3011.

Chris Soulsby, Christian Birkel, Josie Geris, Doerthe Tetzlaff: Storage Dynamics and Non-Linear Connectivity between Landscape Units Control Runoff Generation and Stream Water Age Distributions. Thursday, 17 December 2015, 09:00 - 09:15 , Moscone West, 3020

Jonathan Dick, Doerthe Tetzlaff, John Bradford, Chris Soulsby: Integrating hydrogeophysics and hydrological tracers to characterise the spatial structure of groundwater storage in the critical zone of montane environments. Friday, 18 December 2015; 09:00 - 09:15; Moscone West; 3014


Hailong Wang, Doerthe Tetzlaff, James Buttle, Sean Carey, Hjalmar Laudon, James McNamara, Christopher Spence, Chris Soulsby : Relationships between vegetation dynamics and hydroclimatic drivers in the northern high-latitude uplands. Monday, 14 December 2015; 08:00 - 12:20, Moscone South, Poster Hall.

Christian Birkel, Chris Soulsby, Doerthe Tetzlaff: Tracer-aided modelling using long-term and high resolution data to assess non-stationarity in stream water age. Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 08:00 - 12:20, Moscone South, Poster Hall

Maria Blumstock, Doerthe Tetzlaff  Gunnar Nuetzmann, Iain Malcolm, Chris Soulsby: Spatial Organisation of Groundwater Dynamics and Runoff Responses in Montane Catchments: Integrating Field Data in a Modelling Framework. Thursday, 17 December 2015, 13:40 - 18:00, Moscone South, Poster Hall

September 2015

Doerthe Tetzlaff and Chris Soulsby spent two weeks at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland in September collaborating with Professor Jim Kirchner.

Chris Soulsby gave a keynote talk at the annual meeting of the international EU COST action CONNECTEUR: Connecting European Connectivity Research, held at the University of Durham.

The Swedish Ambassador to The UK, HE Nicola Clase, visited the University on 8th September. Professor Doerthe Tetzlaff was asked to present an overview of hers and her team’s research on “Resilience of water resources under climate change in northern regions” which was extremely well received leading to discussions on the topic of climate change and resilience.

Claire Tunaley, PhD student in the Hydrology group and linked to VeWa, attended a postgraduate summer school on Carbon Dynamics at SLU Umea, Sweden, which is held every two years. She combined her visit to also attend the annual Krycklan symposium at SLU Umea, Sweden. 

June 2015

Doerthe Tetzlaff was invited to give one of the two keynote at this year’s 6th Water Research Horizon Conference in Berlin, Germany, in June 2015. The Water Research Horizon Conference offers an open platform to catalyze the interdisciplinary ‘water community’ to inten­sify the dialogue between scientists, practitioners, policymakers, stakeholders and decision-makers. Doerthe gave the opening keynote entitled “Hydroecological interfaces between landscapes and riverscapes“ within the ‘hydrosphere and biosphere’ theme.

Doerthe Tetzlaff, Chris Soulsby and Marjolein van Huijgevoort all visited Boise State University, Idaho, US, at the beginning of June where the 2nd annual workshop for the ERC funded project VeWa was held. Over 5 days, the international project team discussed the progress of the project to date, agreed on future common sampling strategies and visited two long-term experimental field sites: Reynolds Creek and Dry Creek (which is one of the VeWa sites).

Hannah Braun, who is doing her MSc at the University of Freiburg, Germany, in collaboration with the hydrology group in Aberdeen, started her fieldwork campaign. Her work is part of the ERC funded “VeWa” project. Hannah is investigating the influence of vegetation on the partitioning of precipitation in northern ecosystems.

May 2015

Doerthe Tetzlaff, as the Editor-in-Chief of Hydrological Processes, the flag-ship journal of experimental hydrology, organised the journal’s Editorial meeting, which is held every 3 years, in Aberdeen. Scientists from the University of Bristol, Exeter, and Lancaster, Trent University (in Canada), CSIRO Australia, Duke University, University of Massachussetts, University of Minnesota (all US) visited Aberdeen. In conjunction with that meeting, the international visitors were holding a workshop on hydrological research. They also visited the main experimental site at the Bruntland Burn, near Ballater, discussing future international collaborations.

Doerthe Tetzlaff and Chris Soulsby hosted Professor John Wainwright, University of Durham, in a visit to the hydrology group. Prof. Wainwright gave a talk within the Earth Science seminar series. The team also used his visit to discuss future collaborative grant proposals.

April 2015

Bernhard Scheliga, PhD student in the hydrology group, supervised by Doerthe Tetzlaff and Chris Soulsby, partly funded through the Leibniz Institute, Germany, and linked to VeWa, started his field programme just few months after the start of his PhD in January 2015. Bernhard has installed 7 groundwater wells in the group’s flagship Bruntland Burn catchment in Glen Girnock.

European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly April 2015:

The VeWa team was active at Europe’s largest Geoscience meeting, with the following presentations:

  • Doerthe Tetzlaffconvened a session at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2015 on “Nordic light” on runoff generation processes and use of tracers in northern ecosystems.
  • Christian Birkel, Chris Soulsby, and Doerthe Tetzlaff“Using tracer data to develop parsimonious process-based rainfall-runoff models” (invited talk)
  • Josie Geris, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Christian Birkel, and Chris Soulsby: “Multi-scale hydropedological controls on water storage, mixing and release in upland catchments” (invited talk)
  • Christian Birkel, Chris Soulsby, and Doerthe Tetzlaff: “Tracer-aided modelling to assess how the interplay of catchment storage and hydrological connectivity controls non-stationary stream water age” (poster)
  • Christian Lehr, Gunnar Lischeid, and Doerthe Tetzlaff: “Estimation of the spatial distribution of hydrological responsiveness based on solute series” (poster)
  • Doerthe Tetzlaff, Jim Buttle, Sean K. Carey, Marjolein H.J. van Huijgevoort, Hjalmar Laudon, Jim McNamara, Carl P.J. Mitchell, Chris Spence, Chris Soulsby, 'VeWa: Investigating effects of Vegetation on Water flows and mixing in northern ecosystems using stable isotopes and conceptual models' (poster)

March 2015

Recent weeks saw intense field work activities from colleagues from the Hydrology group installing equipment for plant sap flow measurements in one of the main experimental sites, the Bruntland Burn catchment near Ballater.

Doerthe Tetzlaff presented the work of the hydrology group to Dame Jocelyn Bell, the current President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), during a recent visit of Dame Jocelyn to the University. 

February 2015

Claire Tunaley, PhD student in the Northern Rivers Institute, supervised by Doerthe Tetzlaff and Chris Soulsby, was invited to become a member of the AGU Technical Committee on Surface Water. Claire will serve on the committee for two years as one of only 15 members from around the world.

Professor Andrea Rinaldo (EPFL Lausanne) and Drs Gianluca Botter and Paolo Benettin (University of Padua) visited the Northern Rivers Institute. A focused workshop on areas of common interest in stochastic aspects of ecohydrology was held involving Chris Soulsby and Doerthe Tetzlaff.


December 2014

Presentations of the NRI group at AGU 2014

Wednesday, 17th December 2014

08:00 AM - 12:20 PM Moscone West, Poster Hall H31G-0699

Influence of vegetation on water isotope partitioning across different northern headwater catchments (Rachel Gabor, Doerthe Tetzlaff, James Buttle, Sean Carey, Hjalmar Laudon, Carl Michell, James McNamara, Chris Soulsby)

01:40 PM - 06:00 PM Moscone West, Poster Hall B33F-0260

Process Inference from High Frequency Temporal Variations in Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) Dynamics Across Nested Spatial Scales (Claire Tunaley, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Jason Lessels, Chris Soulsby)

01:40 PM - 06:00 PM Moscone West, Poster Hall B33F-0259

Coupling hydrological and biogeochemical models to assess the role of landscape units on dissolved organic carbon transport (Jonathan Dick, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Christian Birkel, Chris Soulsby)

Thursday, 18th December 2014

01:40 PM - 06:00 PM Moscone West, Poster Hall B43B-0238

Utilising conservative tracers and spatial surveys to identify controls on pathways and DOC exports in an Arctic catchment. (Jason Lessels, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Kerry Dinsmore, Lorna Street, Joshua Dean, Ian Washbourne, Michael Billett, Robert Baxter, Jens-Arne Subke, Philip Wookey)

01:40 PM - 06:00 PM Moscone West, Poster Hall H43K-1119

Heterogeneity in sensitivity and response to drought in a headwater catchment. (Josie Geris, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Chris Soulsby)

01:40 PM - 06:00 PM Moscone West, Poster Hall B43B-0239

Aquatic carbon and GHG export from a permafrost catchment; identifying source areas and primary flow paths. (Kerry Dinsmore, Jason Lessels, Michael Billett, Lorna Street, Philip Wookey, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Robert Baxter, Jens-Arne Subke, Joshua Dean, Ian Washbourne)

Friday, 19th December 2014

08:00 AM - 12:20 PM Moscone West, Poster Hall H51N-0809

A coupled hydrological-biogeochemical model to simulate DOC dynamics in a sub-arctic headwater catchment underlain by permafrost (Doerthe Tetzlaff, Jason Lessels, Sean Carey, Chris Soulsby)

08:00 AM - 12:20 PM Moscone West, Poster Hall H51O-0816

Estimation of Dynamic Storage across Northern Catchments (Marjolein Van Huijgevoort, Doerthe Tetzlaff, James Buttle, Sean Carey, Hjalmar Laudon, James McNamara, Chris Soulsby)

November 2014

The hydrology group hosted a visit by Hjalmar Laudon, Professor of Landscape Biogeochemistry at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå. Hjalmar is one of the world’s leading biogeochemists and is involved in collaborative EU and NERC-funded studies with the hydrology group on climate change in northern environments involving sites in Scotland and Sweden.

October 2014

Claire Tunaley, a PhD student linked to VeWa, has just completed a unique intensive field campaign to sample stable isotopes in precipitation and stream water at 6 hourly intervals over a month long period. Her work is using stable isotopes to examine the scaling of flood generation processes in the Cairngorms. As a result Claire is one of the few people in Aberdeen who has been really happy about the wet weather over recent weeks!

Doerthe Tetzlaff was invited to give a research seminar at the Department of Geography, Durham University in October 2014. In addition, discussions about next year’s NERC SPAG call also took place.

September 2014

Doerthe Tetzlaff is appointed as new Editor-in Chief of Hydrological Processes, starting in January 2015, as the current Editor-in-Chief, and founder of HP, Malcolm Anderson will be stepping down.

Marjolein van Huijgevoort will visit the Krycklan research site in September 2014 and present at the annual Krycklan symposium - (

August 2014

Doerthe Tetzlaff’s paper “Tetzlaff et al.: Catchments on the cusp? Structural and functional change in northern ecohydrology” is one of the most cited papers published in Hydrological Processes in 2013 and 2014.

June 2014

Doerthe Tetzlaff gave an invited keynote at a National meeting of Royal Meteorological Society conference on "Mountain Hydrometeorology", Perth, Scotland, 28th June 2014

May 2014

Doerthe Tetzlaff lead the first workshop on the ERC funded “VeWa” project, held in Banff, Canada on 8 May 2014.

Chris Soulsby was invited to give a plenary talk at the 2014 CGU (Canadian Geophysical Union) meeting in Banff, Alberta from 4-8 May 2014. The meeting was held in partnership with the Canadian Society for Soil Science (CSSS) and the theme of the meeting was “Advances in Geophysical and Soil Sciences". Based on his standing in the geophysical sciences, the CGU executive believed Chris’s research on the integration of hydrology, ecology and soil science to understand watershed behaviour made him an ideal candidate to provide an integrative and wide ranging talk to the CGU, its sections, and the CSSS.

Doerthe Tetzlaff was invited to give the 2014 Ming-ko Woo lecture at the annual general meeting  of the CGU (Canadian Geophysical Union), (in partnership with the Canadian Society for Soil Science) in Banff, Canada, May 2014. Dr. Ming-ko Woo was a pioneer in Canadian hydrology, and the Hydrology Section's annual invited lecture is named in his honour. Doerthe was the first female scientist ever to be asked to deliver this prestigious lecture.

Doerthe Tetzlaff was invited to become a Carnegie Research Assessor for the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

March 2014

Doerthe Tetzlaff was invited to join the editorial board of “Ecohydrology” (published by Wiley).

February 2014

Funding success: Doerthe Tetzlaff was successfully awarded a research project grant by the Leverhulme Trust "Plant-water interlinkages in northern uplands. £249,000. 2014-2017.

January 2014

Doerthe Tetzlaff was interviewed by BBC Radio4 about her recent ERC grant and the work which is planned to be conducted within the 5 year project.

An article (“Scientists look at water balance”) on the project was published in the “Press and Journal” on 24 January 2014.


December 2013

First project meeting at the AGU 2013 in San Francisco

  • The forth VeWa workshop will took place in Dunkeld, Petershire, Scotland from 8th to the 12th of April 2017
  • There was a project meeting at AGU, December 2016 in San Francisco
  • The third VeWa workshop took place in Wolf Creek, Canada, from the 26th to 30thof June 2016.
  • A project meeting took place at AGU, December 2015 in San Francisco.
  • The second VeWa workshop took place in Boise, Idaho, USA, from the 1st to 5thof June 2015.
  • The second project meeting took place in December 2014, at AGU in San Francisco.
  • The first VeWa workshop was held in Banff, Canada, on 8 May 2014.
  • The first project meeting took place in December 2013, at AGU in San Francisco.