Conceptual modelling of data-scarce aquifers in Scotland: the sandstone aquifers of Fife and Dumfries
I. Gaus, B. É. Ó Dochartaigh, 2000. "Conceptual modelling of data-scarce aquifers in Scotland: the sandstone aquifers of Fife and Dumfries", Groundwater in the Celtic Regions: Studies in Hard Rock and Quaternary Hydrogeology, N. S. Robins, B. D. R. Misstear
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Hydrogeological conceptual modelling is an essential tool in aquifer management, particularly in areas where groundwater abstraction is increasing. Conceptualization requires extensive (and expensive) amounts of data, for which resources are often lacking. This paper describes conceptual models of the Permo-Triassic sandstones in the Dumfries basin and the Upper Devonian sandstones in Fife. Data scarcity means that each aquifer requires an individually tailored approach to formulate the conceptual model and calculate the water balance. This approach can differ considerably from the standard techniques used when more data are available. The implications of data scarcity on the confidence in results are discussed and the conceptual models for both aquifers are compared.
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Groundwater in the Celtic Regions: Studies in Hard Rock and Quaternary Hydrogeology
This book covers a diverse range of hydrogeological environments that occur in the Celtic regions of Britain and Ireland. These include hard rock aquifers of Lower Palaeozoic and Precambrian age, generally dominated by fracture flow within a shallow zone of weathering; Carboniferous Limestone aquifers, often characterized by conduit flows in karstic systems; dual-porosity Permo-Triassic sandstone aquifers; and Quaternary deposits, many of which form shallow granular aquifers. The papers presented here address a number of current issues common to the Celtic regions, including: groundwater protection policies, groundwater management in karst aquifers, groundwater development in Quaternary aquifers, groundwater evaluation in data-scarce aquifers and groundwater supplies to small island communities.