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Analysing the capabilities and limitations of tracer tests in stream-aquifer systems

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Abstract

The goal of this study was to identify the limitations that apply when we couple conservative-tracer injection with reactive solute sampling to identify the transport and reaction processes active in a stream. Our methodology applies Monte Carlo uncertainty analysis to assess the ability of the tracer approach to identify the governing transport and reaction processes for a wide range of stream-solute transport and reaction scenarios likely to be encountered in high-gradient streams. Our analyses identified dimensionless factors that define the capabilities and limitations of the tracer approach. These factors provide a framework for comparing and contrasting alternative tracer test designs.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Analysing the capabilities and limitations of tracer tests in stream-aquifer systems
Series title:
IAHS-AISH Publication
Issue:
269
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
IAHS-AISH Publication
First page:
191
Last page:
198
Number of Pages:
8