Hydrologic time and sustainability of shallow aquifers



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Measurement of water and short intervals of time are coeval events that began about 6000 BC in Mesopotamia. Even though time and hydrology have been intimately entwined, with time terms in the denominator of many hydrologic parameters, hydrology's a priori claim to time has not been consummated. Moreover, time takes on a greater importance now than in the past as the focus shifts to small site-scale aquifers whose sustainability can be physically and chemically threatened. One of the challenges for research in hydrogeology is to establish time scales for hydrologic phenomena such as infiltration rates, groundwater flow rates, rates of organic and inorganic reactions, and rates of groundwater withdrawal over the short term, and the long term and to understand the consequences of these various time scales. Credible monitoring programs must consider not only the spatial scale, but also the time scale of the phenomena being monitored.
Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Hydrologic time and sustainability of shallow aquifers
Volume 1
Issue 94 /10
Year Published 1994
Language English
Publisher Institution of Engineers, Australia
Publisher location Crows Nest, NSW
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the Water down under 1994 conference
First page 331
Last page 335
Conference Title Water Down Under 1994 Conference
Conference Location Adelaide, Austtralia
Conference Date November 21-25, 1994
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