Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 71, Issue 1, pp 61–66 | Cite as

Building a 3D geomodel for water resources management: case study in the Regional Park of the lower courses of Manzanares and Jarama Rivers (Madrid, Spain)

  • Francisco Carreño CondeEmail author
  • Sandra García Martínez
  • Javier Lillo Ramos
  • Raquel Fernández Martínez
  • Ariana Mabeth-Montoya Colonia
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Water resources management of protected sites requires a powerful tool to analyze the process and changes that are occurring in the environment. This paper describes a 3D geomodel design of the Jarama River Detrital Aquifer located in Madrid (Spain). That hydrogeological unit is included in the “Parque Regional de los Cursos Bajos de los Ríos Manzanares y Jarama” (Regional Park of the Lower Courses of Manzanares and Jarama Rivers). The goal of this work is to define a method by which a three-dimensional (3D) model can be created with hydrogeologic geometry real of main aquifer, to accomplish an adequate management of the groundwater resources. All data used in this study were integrated in a geographic database: geological and hydrogeological information, geological map (1:25,000), eleven cross-sections, piezometric maps and a digital elevation model. The constructed 3D model of the Jarama Aquifer shows geometric features and spatial distribution and variations of geologic units. Thus, the 3D model allows the assessment of volumes of each unit, the depth and thickness variations of the main aquifer, and the spatial and temporal variations of water tables. From the 3D model, the most suitable areas (in terms of groundwater protection) for managed recharge and mining works have been identified.


3D hydrogeological model GIS Water resources management Aquifer vulnerability Jarama river detrital aquifer 



The authors wish to thank María Bascones and Luis Toribio from the Directorate General for the Environment, Department of Water Quality of the Community of Madrid for his support and the information. They also wish to thank Mercedes Echegaray (Hydrographic Confederation of Tagus River) for this comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco Carreño Conde
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sandra García Martínez
    • 1
  • Javier Lillo Ramos
    • 1
    • 2
  • Raquel Fernández Martínez
    • 1
  • Ariana Mabeth-Montoya Colonia
    • 1
  1. 1.Dpto. de Biology and GeologyUniversity of Rey Juan CarlosMadridSpain
  2. 2.Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies in Water Technologies IMDEA WaterMadridSpain

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