Introduction

Chapter
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTH)

Abstract

Although hydrogeological conditions can be of interest per se, most hydrogeological investigations are of applied nature, and their results are used in decision-making that may carry large ecological and financial risks. For example, when developing a reservoir project, the developers have to evaluate possible losses of water from the reservoir, the stability of the dam, and how adjacent soils and rocks could be affected by different project decisions. Hydrogeological investigations related to the use of an aquifer for water supply should not only conclude that the usage is possible. The developers must also have estimates on how long and with what intensity the aquifer can be exploited by a well or group of wells. The developers of a landfill project must know whether the landfill can cause contamination of the aquifer below and, if so, whether and when the contaminant plume will reach water supply wells and the concentration of the pollutant at the wells. The developers of an irrigation project need to know to what extent and how fast the water table rise should be expected, what consequences are possible, how to deal with them effectively, etc.

Keywords

Hydraulic Conductivity Homogeneous Model Geological Model Homogeneous Part Darcy Velocity 
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  1. 1.AthensUSA

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