Special Issue "Exploration and Sustainable Management of Groundwater Resources in Geologically Complex Terrain"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: groundwater exploration in hard rock aquifers; applied hydrogeology; gohazard investigation and assessment; statistical analysis of hydrogeological data; disaster prevention education
Interests: groundwater flow; fracture hydrogeology; groundwater resources; hydraulic tomography; subsurface hydrology; contaminant transport modeling
Interests: groundwater system characterization and modeling; sustainable groundwater management;· conjunctive use of surface and subsurface water; data-driven analysis of groundwater systems; micromodel study of multiphase flows
Groundwater is a precious and limited resource. Due to overexploitation and pollution, the available groundwater resources are declining globally. In addition, climate change poses unavoidable uncertainties to the supply and management of groundwater resources. Such influences drastically disrupt sustainable groundwater development. For sustainable use of groundwater resources, we must explore new groundwater resources from unexploited sites (e.g., groundwater abstraction from fractured bedrock aquifers) and promote advanced groundwater management. This will require more precise information on groundwater quantity and quality. Two primary obstacles for obtaining this goal are the characterization of aquifer systems and the identification of emerging groundwater resources. Particularly, if potential or contaminated groundwater occurs in complex geologic environments, these investigations become challenging. Advanced techniques (for example, single well or cross-borehole hydraulic tests, geophysical approaches, hydrogeophysical techniques, geochemistry and isotopes, remote sensing and GIS, numerical models, integrated interdisciplinary methods, etc.) and adaptive management strategies should be developed and proposed for sustainable use of groundwater resources.
This Special Issue welcomes original research papers and reviews focusing on recent advances and novelties in the field, as well as modeling approaches in groundwater investigation and management. Multidisciplinary investigations are strongly encouraged. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:
- Groundwater exploration in geologically complex terrain;
- Emerging technologies for groundwater investigation, monitoring, and numerical modeling;
- Climate change impact on groundwater resources;
- Innovative methods for subsurface characterization and modeling;
- Advanced approaches for improved understanding of subsurface processes;
- Sustainability and adaptive management of groundwater resources.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shih-Meng Hsu
Prof. Dr. Cheng-Haw Lee
Prof. Dr. Liang-Cheng Chang
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- groundwater exploration
- sustainable groundwater management
- climate change impacts on groundwater resources
- hydrogeological investigation techniques
- Groundwater modeling