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Hydrogeophysical parameter estimation approaches for field scale characterization
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Geophysics.
2006 (English)In: Applied Hydrogeophysics, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands , 2006, 9-44 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The potential benefits of including geophysical data in hydrogeological site characterization have been stated numerous times (e.g. Ezzedine et al., 1999; Hubbard et al., 1999; Chen et al., 2001; Hubbard and Rubin, 2005). The principle reason for the growing interest in using geophysical methods in hydrogeological studies is that geophysics may provide spatially distributed models of physical properties in regions that are difficult to sample using conventional hydrological wellbore methods (e.g. Butler, 2005). The geophysical models often reveal more details compared with hydrogeological models derived from hydrogeological data, such as pump tests and observations of hydraulic heads. Furthermore, geophysical methods are less invasive compared with hydrogeological methods and they are comparatively cheap. Therefore, geophysical surveys can improve hydrogeological characterization if we could relate the geophysical and hydrogeological properties in an appropriate way. The added value of including geophysics in hydrogeological characterization has become increasingly accepted and several published case studies clearly show the worth of including geophysics for different applications and data types (e.g. see reviews by Hyndman and Tronicke, 2005; Goldman et al., 2005; Daniels et al., 2005). However, the success of a given hydrogeophysical case-study is dependent on many different factors and it is often difficult to develop an opinion a priori about the applicability of a method at another site or for another application. Here, we discuss some of the choices that need to be considered in a characterization effort and point out similarities and fundamental differences between different hydrogeophysical parameter estimation approaches presented in the literature.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands , 2006. 9-44 p.
Series
Nato Science Series: IV: Earth and Environmental Sciences, ISSN 1568-1238 ; 71
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93413DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-4912-5ISBN: 978-1-4020-4912-5 (print)ISBN: 978-1-4020-4910-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-93413DiVA: diva2:166878
Available from: 2005-09-01 Created: 2005-09-01 Last updated: 2009-10-02Bibliographically approved
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1. Characterization of Hydrogeological Media Using Electromagnetic Geophysics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Characterization of Hydrogeological Media Using Electromagnetic Geophysics
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Radio magnetotellurics (RMT), crosshole ground penetrating radar (GPR), and crosshole electrical resistance tomography (ERT) were applied in a range of hydrogeological applications where geophysical data could improve hydrogeological characterization.

A profile of RMT data collected over highly resistive granite was used to map subhorizontal fracture zones below 300m depth, as well as a steeply dipping fracture zone, which was also observed on a coinciding seismic reflection profile. One-dimensional inverse modelling and 3D forward modelling with displacement currents included were necessary to test the reliability of features found in the 2D models, where the forward models did not include displacement currents and only lower frequencies were considered.

An inversion code for RMT data was developed and applied to RMT data with azimuthal electrical anisotropy signature collected over a limestone formation. The results indicated that RMT is a faster and more reliable technique for studying electrical anisotropy than are azimuthal resistivity surveys.

A new sequential inversion method to estimate hydraulic conductivity fields using crosshole GPR and tracer test data was applied to 2D synthetic examples. Given careful surveying, the results indicated that regularization of hydrogeological inverse problems using geophysical tomograms might improve models of hydraulic conductivity.

A method to regularize geophysical inverse problems using geostatistical models was developed and applied to crosshole ERT and GPR data collected in unsaturated sandstone. The resulting models were geologically more reasonable than models where the regularization was based on traditional smoothness constraints.

Electromagnetic geophysical techniques provide an inexpensive data source in estimating qualitative hydrogeological models, but hydrogeological data must be incorporated to make quantitative estimation of hydrogeological systems feasible.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2005. 65 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 86
Keyword
Geophysics, Hydrogeophysics, radio magnetotellurics, ground penetrating radar, electrical resistance tomography, inversion, regularization, geostatistics, electrical anisotropy, fractured rock, Geofysik
National Category
Geophysics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-5912 (URN)91-554-6325-8 (ISBN)
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2005-09-23, Axel Hambergsalen, Geocentrum, Villav. 16, Uppsala, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2005-09-01 Created: 2005-09-01 Last updated: 2009-03-24Bibliographically approved

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