Kriging of water levels in the Souss aquifer, Morocco

  • Mohamed Aboufirassi
  • Miguel A. Mariño


Universal kriging is applied to water table data from the Souss aquifer in central Morocco. The procedure accounts for the spatial variability of the phenomenon to be mapped. With the use of measured elevations of the water table, an experimental variogram is constructed that characterizes the spatial variability of the measured water levels. Spherical and Gaussian variogram models are alternatively used to fit the experimental variogram. The models are used to develop contour maps of water table elevations and corresponding estimation variances. The estimation variances express the reliability of the kriged water table elevation maps. Universal kriging also provides a contour map of the expected elevation of the water table (drift). The differences between the expected and measured water table elevations are called residuals from the drift. Residuals from the drift are compared with residuals obtained by more traditional least-squares analysis.

Key words

kriging drift least squares residuals water table 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamed Aboufirassi
    • 1
  • Miguel A. Mariño
    • 2
  1. 1.Direction de l'HydrauliqueCasier Rabat ChellahRabatMorocco
  2. 2.Department of Water Science and Civil EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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