First outcomes from groundwater recharge estimation in evaporate aquifer in Greece with the use of APLIS method

  • E. Zagana
  • P. Tserolas
  • G. Floros
  • K. Katsanou
  • B. Andreo
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Groundwater recharge in karstic aquifers has to be determined taking into consideration the hydrogeological particularities of these aquifers. The APLIS method has been used to estimate the mean annual recharge in carbonate aquifers in southern Spain, expressed as a percentage of precipitation based on the variables altitude, slope, lithology, infiltration landform and soil type. The method developed for Mediterranean conditions, has been applied to a karstified evaporate aquifer in West Greece. In this paper, maps of the above variables have been drawn for the study area using a geographic information system. The autogenic groundwater recharge and the spatial distribution of the mean annual values by means of the APLIS method have been obtained. Because of the absence of previous studies about groundwater recharge estimations in the study area and detailed discharge values, it was impossible to corroborate the validity of the method in this phase of the research. In the frame of a research project taken place in the study area, discharge values are measured at the springs draining the system; thus the validation of the method will be done in the next step of this study.


Groundwater Recharge Recharge Rate Geographic Information System Carbonate Aquifer Infiltration Area 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Zagana
    • 1
  • P. Tserolas
    • 1
  • G. Floros
    • 1
  • K. Katsanou
    • 1
  • B. Andreo
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Hydrogeology, Department of GeologyUniversity of PatrasRio PatrasGreece
  2. 2.Department of Geology and Centre of Hydrogeology, Faculty of SciencesUniversity of MalagaMalagaSpain

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