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Conceptual modelling of data-scarce aquifers in Scotland: the sandstone aquifers of Fife and Dumfries

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I. Gaus
I. Gaus
British Geological Survey, Maclean Building, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 8BB, UK (email: iga@bgs.ac.uk)
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B. É. Ó Dochartaigh
B. É. Ó Dochartaigh
British Geological Survey, Maclean Building, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 8BB, UK (email: iga@bgs.ac.uk)
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Published:
January 01, 2000

Abstract

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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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Groundwater in the Celtic Regions: Studies in Hard Rock and Quaternary Hydrogeology

N. S. Robins
N. S. Robins
British Geological Survey, Wallingford, UK
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B. D. R. Misstear
B. D. R. Misstear
University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland
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Geological Society of London
Volume
182
ISBN electronic:
9781862394308
Publication date:
January 01, 2000

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