The spatial variation of sedimentary aquifer properties (e.g., porosity and permeability) must be characterized in order to develop accurate models of groundwater flow and solute transport. The purpose of this volume was to bring together examples of the most recent research by sedimentologists, geophysicists, and hydrogeologists working on characterization of aquifer heterogeneity. The volume can be considered to be an outgrowth of SEPM Concepts in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology Volume 1, entitled Hydrogeologic Models of Sedimentary Aquifers, which aimed to show how sedimentological information can be used in aquifer characterization and can thus help solve hydrogeologic problems. The papers in this volume demonstrate that integration of sedimentological and geophysical techniques for purposes of aquifer characterization are still in their infancy but that developments are promising.
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