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Groundwater Recharge from Run-off, Infiltration and Percolation

By: KP Seiler and JR Gat

241 pages, Figs, tabs


Hardback | Oct 2007 | #165875 | ISBN-13: 9781402053054
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Groundwater constitutes the most important reservoir of available clean water. Due to its overexploitation, some anthropogenic mismanagement on the surface and the overloading of the cleanup potential of subsurface, many of the groundwater systems used for water supply are in jeopardy. The problem is very severe in dry-lands, but also in urban, industrial, agricultural and traffic areas.

This book first addresses the recharge fluxes relating both to the quantity and quality of groundwater. In order to face the threats to the water supply and to be able to maintain a sustainable water management policy, detailed knowledge is needed on the surface-to- subsurface transformation linky in the water cycle. Secondly, a comparison of both the traditional and modern approaches to determine groundwater recharge is presented. The traditional approach to determine groundwater recharge is based on water balance estimates and hydraulic considerations, which yield instantaneous values at best but do not integrate the totality of recharge pathways in time and space. In contrast, environmental tracers integrate these factors. Finally, the fate of groundwater recharge in the subsurface by hydraulic and geologic means is explained in detail, in order to stimulate adapted groundwater-management strategies and to better assess consequences of climate changes on groundwater resources as a whole.


From the contentsPreface.- Abbreviations and dimensions.- Definitions.- 1 Introduction.- 2 The water cycle.- 3 Mechanisms and processes of recharge.- 4 Research tools and methods in the study of recharge.- 5 Recharge under different climate regimes.- 6 Man's impact on the groundwater recharge.- 7 Literature survey.- Subject index.

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