Artificial Tracer Tests Interpretation Using Transfer Function Approach to Study the Norville Karst System

  • Vianney SivelleEmail author
  • David Labat
  • Léa Duran
  • Matthieu Fournier
  • Nicolas Massei
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Karst Science book series (AKS)


Karstic aquifers are known for their high degree of nonlinearity and non-stationarity in their hydrodynamic behaviour. We used a transfer function approach (TFA) to interpret artificial tracer tests in Norville karst system (Normandy, France). The system’s behaviour is modelled as a conceptual reservoir with an assumed transfer function containing an ‘intrinsic’ part and a ‘boundary conditions dependent’ part. Additionally, a relationship between spring discharge and residence time distribution characteristics can be formulated. This constitutes new perspectives for testing pollution scenarios.


Karstic system Artificial tracer test Transfer function 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vianney Sivelle
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Labat
    • 1
  • Léa Duran
    • 2
  • Matthieu Fournier
    • 3
  • Nicolas Massei
    • 4
  1. 1.Géosciences Environnement Toulouse (UMR 5563 CNRS UPS IRD CNES), Université de Toulouse, FranceToulouseFrance
  2. 2.Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of Dublin Trinity CollegeDublinIreland
  3. 3.Normandie Univ, UNIROUEN, UINCAEN, CNRS, M2CRouenFrance
  4. 4.Mont Saint Aignan CedexFrance

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