Huewelerbach catchment Luxembourg

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Attert and Huewellebach catchments
Huewellebach catchment with channel network and devices
Typical catena of the basin
Anual responce of precipitation and runoff in the Huewelerbach



Upper Attert basin / Mosel basin, Luxembourg

49* 43'6.1" N 5*54'20.5" E

Catchment size

2.7 km²


796 mm, 8.8 °C (2005 – 2008)


Sandstone, alternation of marls and limestones


289 m - 401 m a.s.l.

Vegetation/Land use

91.5 % forest, 7 % grassland, 1.5 % urbanised

Context of investigation

Process understanding


  • Meteorological station since 2003
  • Runoff since 2002
  • Groundwater level since 2003
  • Chemical analysis since2002
  • Sediment
  • Interception since 2003
  • Geophysics

Links to project webpages

other Links


Coenders-Gerrits, A.M.J., Hopp, L., Savenije, H.H.G., Pfister, L., 2013. The effect of spatial throughfall patterns on soil moisture patterns at the hillslope scale. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 1749-1763, DOI: 10.5194/hess-17-1749-2013.
Fenicia F., Savenije H.H.G., Matgen P., Pfister L., 2005. Is the groundwater reservoir linear? Learning from data in hydrological modelling. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 10, 139-151.
Fenicia, F., Kavetski, D., Savenije, H.H.G., Clark, M.P., Pfister, L., Freer, J., 2014. Catchment properties, function, and conceptual model representation: Is there a correspondence? Hydrol. Process., 28(4), 2451-2467, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9726.
Gerrits A.M.J., Savenije H.H.G., Hoffmann L., Pfister L., 2007. New technique to measure forest floor interception - an application in a beech forest in Luxembourg. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 695-701.
Gerrits, A.M.J., Savenije, H.H.G., Pfister, L., 2009. Canopy and forest floor interception and transpiration measurements in a mountainous beech forest in Luxembourg. IAHS-AISH Publication, (326), 18-24.
Jackisch, C., 2015. Linking structure and functioning of hydrological systems - How to achieve necessary experimental and model complexity with adequate effort, Dissertation, Karslruhe, Germany.
Juilleret, J., Iffly, J.F., Hoffmann, L., Hissler, C., 2012. The potential of soil survey as a tool for surface geological mapping: A case study in a hydrological experimental catchment (Huewelerbach, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg): Geologica Belgica, 15, 36–41.
Juilleret, J., Iffly, J.F. , Pfister, L., Hissler, C., 2011, Remarkable Pleistocene periglacial slope deposits in Luxembourg (Oesling): Pedological implication and geosite potential: Bulletin de la Société des Naturalistes Luxembourgeois, 112, 125–130.
Juilleret J., Hissler, C., Heintz, R., Iffly, J.-F., Wrede, S., Pfister, L., Hoffmann, L., 2009. Un exemple de cartographie pédo-géologique couplée: le bassin versant expérimental du Huewelerbach au Luxembourg. Submitted to Archives de l'Institut Grand-Ducal de Luxembourg, Section des Sciences naturelles, physiques et mathématiques.
Loritz, R., Hassler, S.K., Jackisch, C., Allroggen, N., van Schaik, L., Wienhöfer, J., Zehe, E., 2016. Picturing and modeling catchments by representative hillslopes.Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1225-1249, DOI: 10.5194/hess-21-1225-2017
Martínez-Carreras N., Krein A., Iffly J.-F., Pfister L., Hoffmann L., Gallart F., 2007. Estimating suspended sediment loads and their uncertainty using sediment rating curves in the Attert river basin and sub-basins (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg). Proceedings of the International Conference on Off-site Impacts of Soil Erosion and Sediment Transport, Prague, Czech Republic.
Onderka, M., Krein, A., Wrede, S., Martínez-Carreras, N., Hoffmann, L., 2012. Dynamics of storm-driven suspended sediments in a headwater catchment described by multivariable modeling. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 12(4), 620-635, DOI: 10.1007/s11368-012-0480-6.
Pfister, L., Barnich, F., Hoffmann, L., Hoffmann, H., Iffly, J.F., Kies, T., Matgen, P., Salvia, M., Tailliez, C., Tosheva, Z., 2005. Application of various hydrograph separation techniques in a sandstone micro- basin in order to determine the spatio-temporal origin of streamwater: preliminary results. In: Progress in Surface and Subsurface Water Studies at Plot and Small Basin Scale (ed. by F. Maraga & M. Arattano), 71–74 (Proc. 10th ERB Conf., Turino, Italy 2004). Tech. Doc. Hydrol. 77, UNESCO, Paris, France.
Pfister L. et. al., 2006. Cycleau project - Final report to the National Research Fund. 133 p.
Pfister, L., McDonnell, J.J., Wrede, S., Hiubikov, D., Matgen, P., Fenicia, F., Ector, L., Hoffmann, L., 2009. The rivers are alive: on the potential for diatoms as a tracer of water source and hydrological connectivity. Hydrol. Process. 23, 2841–2845, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7426.
Pfister, L., Martínez-Carreras N., Hissler C., Klaus, J., Carrer G.E., Stewart M.K., McDonnell, J.J. 2017. Bedrock geology controls on catchment storage, mixing and release: a comparative analysis of 16 nested catchments. Hydrol. Process., DOI: 10.1002/hyp.11134.
Sprenger, M., Seeger, S., Blume, T., Weiler, M., 2016. Travel times in the vadose zone: Variability in space and time. Water Resour. Res., 52, pp. 5727—5754, DOI:
Wrede, S., Fenicia, F., Martínez-Carreras, N., Juilleret, j., Hissler, C., Krein, A., Savenije, H.H.G., Uhlenbrook, S., Kavetski, D., Pfister, L., 2015. Towards more systematic perceptual model development: a case study using 3 Luxembourgish catchments. Hydrol. Process., 29(12), 2731-2750, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10393.
Van den Bos, R., Hoffmann, L., Juilleret, J., Matgen, P., Pfister, L., 2006. Regional runoff prediction through aggregation of first-order hydrological process knowledge: a case study’. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 51, 1021-1038.
Vergroesen, A.J.J., van de Giesen, N.C., van de Ven, F.H.M., 2010. Comparison of implicit and explicit connection of fast- and slow-flowing components of a water system. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 55(3), 287-302, DOI: 10.1080/02626661003683223.
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