Investigation on heat transport in hyporheic zone using flume simulation and modeling
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Recent research has shown that groundwater flow in hyporheic zone is critical in major hydrologic, ecological, and biogeochemical processes. Quantitative analyses from the literature show that there is a strong correlation between the diel cycles in pH, water temperature, and other parameters such as trace metal concentrations. There is, however, no controlled experimental data to illustrate how water temperature influences the trace metal concentrations and other parameters. The research study presented here illustrates the mechanism of heat is transported from stream water to groundwater in the hyporheic zone on different bed form. The work will serve as the foundation of future research in understanding the relationship of heat and trace metal concentrations in the sediments.