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Water 2014, 6(11), 3264-3269;

Environmental Tracers

Environmental Tracers Laboratory (ETL), Environmental Engineering Research Centre (EERC), School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering (SPACE), Queen's University Belfast, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5AG Northern Ireland, UK
Received: 3 October 2014 / Revised: 21 October 2014 / Accepted: 23 October 2014 / Published: 30 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Tracers)
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Environmental tracers continue to provide an important tool for understanding the source, flow and mixing dynamics of water resource systems through their imprint on the system or their sensitivity to alteration within it. However, 60 years or so after the first isotopic tracer studies were applied to hydrology, the use of isotopes and other environmental tracers are still not routinely necessarily applied in hydrogeological and water resources investigations where appropriate. There is therefore a continuing need to promote their use for developing sustainable management policies for the protection of water resources and the aquatic environment. This Special Issue focuses on the robustness or fitness-for-purpose of the application and use of environmental tracers in addressing problems and opportunities scientifically, to promote their wider use and to address substantive issues of vulnerability, sustainability, and uncertainty in (ground)water resources systems and their management. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental tracers; groundwater; stable isotopes; radioactive isotopes; water resource systems; water resources management environmental tracers; groundwater; stable isotopes; radioactive isotopes; water resource systems; water resources management
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