Modelling an induced thermal plume with data from electrical resistivity tomography and distributed temperature sensing: a case study in northeast Italy

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Cultrera M, Boaga J, Di Sipio E, Dalla Santa G, De Seta M, Galgaro A
Journal: Hydrogeology Journal
Publication year: 2017
ISSN: 1435-0157
Language: English


Abstract


Groundwater tracer tests are often used to improve aquifer characterization, but they present several disadvantages, such as the need to pour solutions or dyes into the aquifer system and alteration of the water’s chemical properties. Thus, tracers can affect the groundwater flow mechanics and data interpretation becomes more complex, hindering effective study of ground heat pumps for low enthalpy geothermal systems. This paper presents a preliminary methodology based on a multidisciplinary application of heat as a tracer for defining the main parameters of shallow aquifers. The field monitoring techniques electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) and distributed temperature sensing (DTS) are noninvasive and were applied to a shallow-aquifer test site in northeast Italy. The combination of these measurement techniques supports the definition of the main aquifer parameters and therefore the construction of a reliable conceptual model, which is then described through the numerical code FEFLOW. This model is calibrated with DTS and validated by ERT outcomes. The reliability of the numerical model in terms of fate and transport is thereby enhanced, leading to the potential for better environmental management and protection of groundwater resources through more cost-effective solutions



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Di Sipio, Eloisa Dr.
Geozentrum Nordbayern


External institutions with authors

University of Padua / Universita degli Studi di Padova


How to cite

APA:
Cultrera, M., Boaga, J., Di Sipio, E., Dalla Santa, G., De Seta, M., & Galgaro, A. (2017). Modelling an induced thermal plume with data from electrical resistivity tomography and distributed temperature sensing: a case study in northeast Italy. Hydrogeology Journal. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10040-017-1700-3

MLA:
Cultrera, Matteo, et al. "Modelling an induced thermal plume with data from electrical resistivity tomography and distributed temperature sensing: a case study in northeast Italy." Hydrogeology Journal (2017).

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