Isotopic Tracers for Investigating Hydrological Processes

  • L. W. Cooper
  • I. L. Larsen
  • C. Solis
  • J. M. Grebmeier
  • C. R. Olsen
  • D. K. Solomon
  • R. B. Cook
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 120)


The use of natural and anthropogenic isotopic tracers — both stable and radioactive — is a well-developed biogeochemical technique used in evaluating water-borne chemical fluxes (see Broecker and Peng 1982; Fry and Sherr 1984; Rundel et al. 1988; Griffiths 1991). Watersheds in temperate regions have been studied extensively using stable isotopes (oxygen-18 and deuterium) to follow water flow paths (e.g., Dinçer et al. 1970; Sklash and Farvolden 1979; Bottomley et al. 1986; Hooper and Shoemaker 1986; Kennedy et al. 1986; Obradovic and Sklash 1976; Pearce et al. 1986; Sklash et al. 1986; DeWalle et al. 1988; Swistock et al. 1989; Wels et al. 1991). However, there are few examples of simultaneous work tracing the fate of particle-reactive isotopes in snow, and even fewer isotopic applications in watersheds underlain by permafrost.


Stable Isotope Isotopic Fractionation Riparian Zone Hydrological Process Isotopic Tracer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. W. Cooper
  • I. L. Larsen
  • C. Solis
  • J. M. Grebmeier
  • C. R. Olsen
  • D. K. Solomon
  • R. B. Cook

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