Estimation of groundwater recharge parameters by time series analysis

Water Resources Research
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A model is proposed that relates water level fluctuations in a Dupuit aquifer to effective precipitaton at the top of the unsaturated zone. Effective precipitation, defined herein as that portion of precipitation which becomes recharge, is related to precipitation measured in a nearby gage by a two-parameter function. A second-order stationary assumption is used to connect the spectra of effective precipitation and water level fluctuations. Measured precipitation is assumed to be Gaussian, in order to develop a transfer function that relates the spectra of measured and effective precipitation. A nonlinear least squares technique is proposed for estimating parameters of the effective-precipitation function. Although sensitivity analyses indicate difficulties that may be encountered in the estimation procedure, the methods developed did yield convergent estimates for two case studies.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Estimation of groundwater recharge parameters by time series analysis
Series title Water Resources Research
DOI 10.1029/WR019i006p01531
Volume 19
Issue 6
Year Published 1983
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Description 16 p.
First page 1531
Last page 1546
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