Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 12, 31–40, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-12-31-2005

Special issue: Nonlinear deterministic dynamics in hydrologic systems: present...

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 12, 31–40, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-12-31-2005

  17 Jan 2005

17 Jan 2005

Discrete simulations of spatio-temporal dynamics of small water bodies under varied stream flow discharges

B. S. Daya Sagar B. S. Daya Sagar
  • Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Melaka Campus, Multimedia University, Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama, 75450, Melaka, Malaysia

Abstract. Spatio-temporal patterns of small water bodies (SWBs) under the influence of temporally varied stream flow discharge are simulated in discrete space by employing geomorphologically realistic expansion and contraction transformations. Cascades of expansion-contraction are systematically performed by synchronizing them with stream flow discharge simulated via the logistic map. Templates with definite characteristic information are defined from stream flow discharge pattern as the basis to model the spatio-temporal organization of randomly situated surface water bodies of various sizes and shapes. These spatio-temporal patterns under varied parameters (λs) controlling stream flow discharge patterns are characterized by estimating their fractal dimensions. At various λs, nonlinear control parameters, we show the union of boundaries of water bodies that traverse the water body and non-water body spaces as geomorphic attractors. The computed fractal dimensions of these attractors are 1.58, 1.53, 1.78, 1.76, 1.84, and 1.90, respectively, at λs of 1, 2, 3, 3.46, 3.57, and 3.99. These values are in line with general visual observations.