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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