Special Issue "Integrated Geophysical Methods for Shallow Aquifers Characterization and Modelling"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Earth Sciences and Geography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francisco Javier Alcalá
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Guest Editor
Geological Survey of Spain, Madrid, Spain
Interests: Techniques and computational applications for modelling of groundwater dynamics at different spatiotemporal scales and climate conditions; applied near-surface geophysics; isotope and chemical tracing
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Dr. Maria Catarina Paz
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Guest Editor
Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal
Interests: Applications of near-surface geophysical techniques in modelling of subsurface hydrological processes, using combined and time-lapse approaches at different resolution scales; sustainability of natural, agricultural, and urban groundwater systems
Prof. Pedro Martínez-Pagán
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Guest Editor
Technical University of Cartagena, Cartagena, Spain
Interests: Applications of electrical, seismic, and electromagnetic techniques focused on near-surface characterization in environmental, mining, and hydrogeological research
Dr. Fernando Monteiro Santos
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Guest Editor
IDL-University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: electromagnetic methods, numerical modelling, and inversion of geophysical data

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Shallow aquifers support groundwater-dependent ecosystems, represent the solely water resource in many sparse areas, and are especially threatened by human-induced pollution and global climate change. Integrated near-surface geophysical (NSG) applications have become a part of the holistic strategy for shallow aquifers characterization, which is a necessary step to modelling shallow groundwater dynamics.

NSG techniques permit accurate and fast ground surveys in different hydrogeological environments for different scientific purposes. Moreover, several scientific software platforms having friendly interfaces, robust algorithms for data inversion, and tools for uncertainty analysis are available. For shallow aquifers characterization, electric and electromagnetic techniques are the most widely used methods, despite offering ambiguous interpretations when (1) highly conductive structures and pore-filling fluids (natural and human-induced) exist and (2) subsurface structures subjected to temporal dynamics of water content and dissolved ions are deduced from isolated-in-time surveys.

This Special Issue aims to attract world-leading researchers in applied NSG techniques for shallow groundwater research. The accepted contributions will include: (1) NSG applications as a part of the holistic strategy for shallow aquifer characterization and modelling, (2) Integrated NSG techniques and time-lapse approaches to reduce the ambiguity of interpretations, (3) Innovative theoretical (e.g., formulations) and experimental (e.g., field surveys design and software) developments for characterization and modelling, and (4) Case studies surveying saturated and unsaturated zones for methodological and conceptual purposes. Reviews of (1) state of the art of NSG techniques, (2) software developments, (3) monographies for specific environments such as groundwater-dependent ecosystems and urban areas, and (4) comparisons between geographical areas and technologies are also welcome.

Dr. Francisco Javier Alcalá
Dr. Maria Catarina Paz
Prof. Pedro Martínez-Pagán
Dr. Fernando Monteiro Santos
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Near-Surface Geophysical (NSG) Techniques
  • Integrated NSG Applications
  • Time-Lapse Approaches
  • Shallow Aquifers
  • Conceptualization and Modelling
  • Aquifer Geometry
  • Shallow Groundwater Quantity and Quality Dynamics

Published Papers

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