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Referenztyp Tagungsbeiträge
DOI 10.5194/egusphere-egu23-5635
Lizenz creative commons licence
Titel (primär) Spectral analysis of groundwater level time series reveals hydrogeological parameters
Titel (sekundär) EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023
Autor Houben, T.; Di-Dato, M.; Siebert, C. ORCID logo ; Kalbacher, T.; Fischer, T.; Attinger, S.
Quelle EGUsphere
Erscheinungsjahr 2023
Seite von EGU23-5635
Sprache englisch
Topic T5 Future Landscapes

Groundwater resources are heavily exploited to supply domestic, industrial and agricultural water consumption. Climate and societal changes and associated higher abstraction will alter the subsurface storage in terms of quantity and quality in currently unpredictable ways. In order to ensure sustainable groundwater management, we must evaluate the intrinsic and spatially variable vulnerability of aquifers in terms of water quality issues and the resilience of groundwater volumes to external perturbations such as severe droughts in connection with intensive irrigation. For this purpose, physically based numerical groundwater models are of great importance, especially on the regional scale. The equations applied in these models must be fed with the hydrogeological parameters: The transmissivity T and the storativity S.

Both parameters are typically obtained through time consuming and cost intensive hydrogeological in-situ tests or by laboratory analysis of core samples from point information (drillings and wells), resulting in parameters with limited transferability to regional settings. Instead, we propose to determine the parameters by spectral analysis of groundwater level fluctuations using (semi-)analytical solutions for the frequency domain. We developed a fully automatized workflow, taking groundwater level and recharge time series together with little information about the geometry of the aquifer to derive T and S as well as tc (the characteristic response time). While the first two will be used for hydrogeological modelling, the latter can serve as an indication to assess the resilience of the groundwater system directly without additional modelling attempts. The methodology was tested with great success in simplified numerical environments and was applied to real groundwater time series in southern Germany. The response times and the storativities could be robustly estimated while the transmissivities inherit quantifiable uncertainties. Depending on the hydrogeological regime, the parameters represented effective and regional estimates.

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Houben, T., Di-Dato, M., Siebert, C., Kalbacher, T., Fischer, T., Attinger, S. (2023):
Spectral analysis of groundwater level time series reveals hydrogeological parameters
EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023
Copernicus Publications, EGU23-5635 10.5194/egusphere-egu23-5635