Mapping surface water-groundwater interactions and associated geological faults using temperature profiling

Matthijs Bonte, Josie Geris, Vincent E. A. Post, Victor Bense, Harold J. A. A. van Dijk, Henk Kooi

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Abstract

In this study temperature profiling was used as a mapping tool to investigate surface water-groundwater interactions associated with low-permeability faults in the south-eastern part of the Netherlands. Data obtained from temperature profiling were simulated using a simple water and energy balance model. The model was used to quantify groundwater seepage rates near the faults. The model simulated the surface water temperature transects very well, but the model-based seepage rates are much higher than those reported in the literature for comparable hydrological settings. Of all the assumptions made in the model, the adopted values for the parameters that control the heat exchange between the water and the atmosphere are believed to be the most uncertain. Despite these uncertainties, temperature profiling proved to be a very useful tool to investigate surface water-groundwater interactions and to map groundwater seepage zones. The strength of using temperature as a tracer is that it is measured directly in the field with relative ease and using low cost equipment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGroundwater and Ecosystems
Subtitle of host publicationIAH Selected Papers
EditorsLuís Ribeiro, Tibor Y. Stigter, António Chambel, M.Teresa Condesso de Melo, José Paulo Monteiro, Albino Medeiros
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages81-94
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780203490990
ISBN (Print)9781138000339
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2013

Publication series

NameSelected papers on hydrogeology
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Volume18

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    Bonte, M., Geris, J., Post, V. E. A., Bense, V., van Dijk, H. J. A. A., & Kooi, H. (2013). Mapping surface water-groundwater interactions and associated geological faults using temperature profiling. In L. Ribeiro, T. Y. Stigter, A. Chambel, M. T. Condesso de Melo, J. P. Monteiro, & A. Medeiros (Eds.), Groundwater and Ecosystems: IAH Selected Papers (pp. 81-94). [8] (Selected papers on hydrogeology; Vol. 18). CRC Press/Balkema. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780203490990/chapters/10.1201%2Fb15003-13