Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Hatten, Jeff A.

Committee Member

Kröger, Robert

Committee Member

Ouyang, Ying

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Headwater watersheds initiate material export to downstream environments. A nested headwater study examined the flux and source of dissolved constituents and water from a perennial stream and four ephemeral/intermittent streams in the Upper Gulf Coastal Plain, Mississippi. Water was collected during storm and baseflow conditions. Multiple linear regression was used to model constituent concentration and calculate flux. Source of water was determined using principle components analysis and end-member mixing analysis. Rain was the major source of water discharged from the ephemeral and intermittent streams, while groundwater was the major source for water discharged by the perennial stream during events. Baseflow from both stream types was dominated by groundwater sources. The perennial stream had an area weighted average yields of 10.1, 0.01, 1.0, 0.6, and 0.03 kg-1 ha-1 yr-1 of DON, NO3--N, NH4+-N, PO4-3, and DOC,respectively. This research highlights the interaction of source water and dissolved constituent flux.