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 Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Estimation of groundwater recharge parameters by time series analysis|
|Series title||Water Resources Research|
|Publisher||American Geophysical Union|