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The Impact of Climate Change on Groundwater Temperature of the Piedmont Po Plain (NW Italy)

Earth Sciences Department, University of Turin, 10125 Turin, Italy
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Water 2022, 14(18), 2797; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182797
Received: 17 August 2022 / Revised: 3 September 2022 / Accepted: 5 September 2022 / Published: 8 September 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Water and Climate Change)
This paper represents the first regional-scale investigation in the Piedmont Po plain about the relationship between groundwater temperature (GWT) and climate variability. The understanding of relationships between air temperature (AT) and GWT is really important, especially in the context of global climate change. The aim of this investigation is to study the relationship between GWT and AT over a 10-year time period (from 2010 to 2019) to analyse how these two parameters interrelate and to evaluate possible trends. To carry out this study, basic statistic interpolations were performed on both parameters to facilitate comparison. Both AT and GWT showed an increase over the observed decade with a more pronounced growth of the AT; this allow to state that GWT is more resilient to climate change than AT. However, some areas in the Piedmont plain showed a behaviour that partially deviated from the standard trend observe for the majority of the region. These areas were influenced by particular anthropic factors (for example the paddy fields in the Novara plain) or natural elements (as the monitoring wells in the “Canavese” area, located downstream of melting glaciers, or the wells located close to the Tanaro River). Moreover, this study wanted to stress the importance of the knowledge of the localization in wells of the instruments for the GWT measurement, to have the most accurate and comparable data. It was proved that as the depth increased, the maximum and minimum peaks of the GWT shifted in time respect to the maximum and minimum peaks of the AT, and, in addition, the GWT fluctuation in the bottom part of the aquifer was milder than the fluctuation observed in the most superficial part. Further investigations will be conducted in future in Piedmont plain areas with different behavior, in order to better understand their dynamics and the factors that may influence GWT and how they are affected by climate change. View Full-Text
Keywords: groundwater temperature; trend; climate change; Po plain groundwater temperature; trend; climate change; Po plain
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Egidio, E.; Mancini, S.; De Luca, D.A.; Lasagna, M. The Impact of Climate Change on Groundwater Temperature of the Piedmont Po Plain (NW Italy). Water 2022, 14, 2797. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182797

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Egidio E, Mancini S, De Luca DA, Lasagna M. The Impact of Climate Change on Groundwater Temperature of the Piedmont Po Plain (NW Italy). Water. 2022; 14(18):2797. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182797

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Egidio, Elena, Susanna Mancini, Domenico Antonio De Luca, and Manuela Lasagna. 2022. "The Impact of Climate Change on Groundwater Temperature of the Piedmont Po Plain (NW Italy)" Water 14, no. 18: 2797. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182797

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