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An analytical method for assessing recharge using groundwater travel time in Dupuit-Forchheimer aquifers

Chesnaux Romain, Santoni Sébastien, Garel Emilie et Huneau Frederic. (2018). An analytical method for assessing recharge using groundwater travel time in Dupuit-Forchheimer aquifers. Groundwater,

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An analytical solution to calculate the recharge of unconfined aquifers with Dupuit‐Forchheimer type flow conditions is proposed. This solution is derived from an existing closed‐form analytical solution initially developed to determine groundwater travel time when the recharge of the aquifer is known. This existing solution has been modified to determine recharge when groundwater travel time is known. An illustration is given with a field case example for the Bonifacio aquifer of the island of Corsica (France), in the Mediterranean. In this aquifer, previously established differences in groundwater residence time between two water samples were determined from anthropogenic atmospheric gas (CFCs and SF6) measurements. The time difference is entered into the new analytical solution to determine recharge. The calculations yield a value of average recharge that agrees with the results obtained by several other methods that were presented in previous studies to assess the recharge of the Bonifacio aquifer. Also presented in this study is a sensitivity analysis of the new analytical solution, to quantify the influence of different parameters that control recharge: hydraulic conductivity, effective porosity and the groundwater travel time. This study illustrates how geochemical data can be combined with physical models to measure recharge. Such an approach could be adopted in other homogeneous aquifers worldwide that satisfy Dupuit‐Forchheimer type flow conditions.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Date:7 Mai 2018
Sujets:Sciences naturelles et génie > Sciences naturelles > Sciences de la terre (géologie, géographie)
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences appliquées > Unité d'enseignement en sciences de la Terre
Mots-clés:Bonifacio aquifer, unconfined aquifers, recharge, groundwater travel time, environmental tracers, analytical method
Déposé le:15 mai 2018 22:31
Dernière modification:07 mai 2020 04:10
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