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Aquifer Systems Management: Darcy's Legacy in a World of Impending Water Shortage

Series: International Association of Hydrogeologists Selected Papers Volume: 10

By: Laurence Chery (Editor), Ghislain De Marsily (Editor)

588 pages, illustrations

Taylor & Francis

Hardback | Sep 2007 | #175803 | ISBN-13: 9780415443555
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By 2050, the demand for water to sustain world agriculture will increase by seventy-five per cent in order to feed an estimated nine billion inhabitants. Increased amounts of water will be required for irrigation and for industrial and domestic use. Natural ecosystems will be threatened by the expansion of agricultural land and by a reduction in water availability, while climate change will exacerbate the situation. Management of available resources, particularly groundwater, will become more critical and aquifers will need to be managed for the benefit of all.

These selected papers were first presented at the International Association of Hydrogeologists, Dijon 2006, and are divided into six themes: large aquifers, resource assessment; large aquifers, water salinity and evolution; karstic and carbonate aquifer systems; geothermal aquifer systems; aquifer contamination studies and aquifer monitoring systems and management. Aquifer Systems Management: Darcy's Legacy in a World of Impending Water also includes a short biography of Henry Darcy and illustrates his contribution to science. Five invited contributions describe modern methods for estimating the hydraulic conductivity of aquifers.



About the editors


1. Henry Darcy (1803–1858): Immortalised by his scientific legacy

2. Henry Darcy’s Public Fountains of the City of Dijon


3. What grains can tell us about Darcy velocity

4. Measuring porosity and permeability on drill cuttings

5. The quest for permeability evaluation in wireline logging

6. Aquifers imagery and hydrodynamic parameters estimation using proton Magnetic Resonance Soundings

7. Permeability measurements in argillaceous rocks at the Meuse/Haute-Marne Underground Research Laboratory, France


A. Large aquifers, assessment of the resource

8. Great aquifer systems of the World

9. Alluvial aquifers in the North China plain

10. Groundwater and the challenges for the future water supply of the Republic of Djibouti in an arid climate (Horn of Africa)

11. Hydrogeological structure of the aquifer system in the Taoudenni sedimentary basin, Burkina Faso

12. An assessment of the groundwater resources in the western margin of the Taoudenni basin, Mauritania

13. Groundwater modelling for conjunctive use patterns investigation in the upper Central Plain of Thailand

14. Modelling of the Saq aquifer system (Saudi Arabia)

15. Holocene and present recharge of the Saharan aquifers: A numerical modelling study

16. Vadose zone characterisation of a hydrogeologic system in a mountain region: Serra da Estrela case study (Central Portugal)

B. Large aquifers, water salinity and its evolution with exploitation

17. Reconstructing natural groundwater flow and geochemical processes in a perturbed multi-layer aquifer system

18. The Guaraní Aquifer system: state-of-the-art in Argentina

19. Defining groundwater flow and mass vertical exchanges in a regional aquifer system through geochemical modelling – Aquitaine Basin, France

20. Hydrogeology of Béni Abbès: potential, hydrodynamics and influence on the palm field (Valley of Saoura, Algerian South-West)

21. Groundwater system compartmentalized by a tectonic zone in the Kanto plain, central Japan

C. Karstic and carbonate aquifer systems

22. Hydrogeological consequences of the Messinian Salinity Crisis in the Rhone River basin, France

23. Hydrodynamic behaviour during pumping test and modelling of the Cent Fonts karst system

24. Multidisciplinary approach to a karstic region for the use and protection of the water resource. Application to the Causse de Sauveterre (South of France)

25. Hydrogeological characterisation of the Oxfordian limestone at the Bure URL

D. Geothermal aquifer systems

26. Tracing high pH mineral waters ascribed to ultramafic rocks (Central Portugal): Conceptual vs numerical modelling

27. Fluid/mineral equilibrium calculations, isotopes and geophysics as a multidisciplinary approach to the characterization of Monção hydrothermal system (NW-Portugal)

28. Predictive model for the management of thermal resources

E. Aquifer contamination studies

29. Urban hydrogeology of the Paranhos sector, Porto city (NW Portugal): A geoenvironmental perspective

30. Modelling of chlorinated solvent transport and natural attenuation in groundwater

31. Variable water saturation impact on sorption/desorption characteristics of multiple species heavy metals from gold mining

32. Aquifer protection: A combined study of microstructure and transport properties in clay-sand mixtures

33. Modelling aquifer salinity in the Potash Basin (Alsace)

34. A multidisciplinary approach for assessing the risk of seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers: The case of the Roussillon Basin France

35. Cost-Benefit analysis of the alternative scenarios for reducing diffuse nitrogen pollution in the Seine River basin

36. Integrating economic and groundwater models for developing long-term nitrate concentration scenarios in a large aquifer

37. Simplified vulnerability mapping of groundwater in the Seine-Normandy Basin. Application to the BASOL

F. Aquifer monitoring systems and management rules

38. Characterization of pesticide concentrations in the Craie du Nord aquifer System

39. Optimisation of groundwater monitoring networks: Application of geostatistics with case studies from a granitic aquifer in a semi-arid region

40. Use of piezometric networks for evaluating the quantitative status of groundwater bodies: Example of the Seine-Normandy Basin in France

41. Taking groundwater into account in a drought plan

42. Risk map of high natural background of trace elements in the Water Authority Rhône-Méditerranée & Corse basin

43. Groundwater and Soil Water System for Norway based on daily simulations and real-time observations


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Laurence Chery was awarded a Ph.D. Thesis in hydrogeology at the Paris XI University (Laboratory of Hydrology and Isotope Geochemistry). She started her professional career in 1988 as hydrogeologist in private consulting firm in France. In 1990, she joined the Water division at BRGM (the French Geological Survey) as a research engineer, in charge of methodological studies as part of Public Service activities in the field of Water Quality. She is presently in charge of a national groundwater database project, ADES, the quality and quantity national database for groundwater. Her work includes the design of new projects for solving specific problems in water quality, database, monitoring networks, and fieldwork. The main subjects include hydrogeochemistry, water circulation, natural groundwater geochemical background, water origin and transfer time, using isotopic techniques. She published several public reports, 30 articles and a book on "Groundwater natural background in France". She has been the secretary of the French Chapter of IAH since 2001.

Ghislain de Marsily is Emeritus Professor at the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI. He was trained as a mining engineer, and initially worked in oil well drilling and dam construction, before going to teaching and research at the Paris School of Mines in Fontainebleau (1967-1987) and later at the University Paris VI, on quantitative hydrogeology, geostatistics, aquifer modelling, waste disposal and water management at the large catchment scale. He published several books, including the text book "Quantitative Hydrogeology" at Academic Press, NY, and about 150 articles. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering.

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