System Engineering Applied to Fuenmayor Karst Aquifer (San Julián de Banzo, Huesca) and Collins Glacier (King George Island, Antarctica)

  • David Chinarro

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 153-161

About this book


This thesis tackles fundamental questions concerning the discharge of a pre-Pyrenean karst aquifer system and an Antarctic glacier system, utilizing a system engineering methodology and data-driven approach.
It presents for the first time a simplified and effective linear transfer function for karst aquifers. The author provides detailed wavelet spectrum results, which reveal certain non-linearities in drought periods. In addition, structures based on Hammerstein-Wiener blocks have yielded a nonlinear model that is substantially more efficient than its linear counterparts.
Another pioneering finding is the use of wavelet coherence between glacier discharge and air temperature to estimate SEC (Seasonal Effective Core) boundaries. The yearly SEC is essential to obtaining a model based on Hammerstein-Wiener structures, which offers considerably higher efficiency. Moreover, two different types of glacier dynamics have been discovered (overdamped and overshoot), depending on the annual cycle and the SEC average temperature.


Glacier Discharge Glaciology Hammerstein-Wiener Hydrology Karst Aquifer Nonlinear Model System Identification Wavelet Coherence karst

Authors and affiliations

  • David Chinarro
    • 1
  1. 1.Polytechnic SchoolSan Jorge UniversityZaragozaSpain

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