Stable Isotopes as Groundwater Discharge Tracers: Recent Developments

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydrogeology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 June 2024) | Viewed by 417

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Centro Nacional Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IGME-CSIC), Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: isotope hydrology; alpine hydrogeology; aquifer recharge; nature-based solutions; climate change
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Grup MAiMA, SGR Mineralogia Aplicada, Geoquímica i Geomicrobiologia, Departament de Mineralogia, Petrologia i Geologia Aplicada, Facultat de Ciències de la Terra, Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Barcelona, Spain
Interests: stable isotopes; environmental chemistry; mineralogy; hydrogeology; geochemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Stable isotopes are powerful tools for characterizing both the behavior and processes in groundwater systems. They are also useful for quantifying water and solute exchanges between surface and groundwater compartments, driven by various hydrological processes, from precipitation to groundwater discharge. The information obtained helps understand the dynamics of aquifers, including their recharge, flow patterns, age and vulnerability to contamination. This knowledge is essential for effective groundwater management and sustainable use of water resources.

In this Special Issue of Water, we encourage submissions describing the application of stable isotopes to explore the role of different hydrological and hydrogeochemical processes driving aquifer behavior in terms of the isotopic content in groundwater.

Dr. Jorge Jódar Bermúdez
Prof. Dr. Albert Soler
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  • stable isotope
  • environmental tracer
  • fractionation
  • recharge
  • transit time
  • groundwater origin
  • anthropogenic impact
  • denitrification
  • sulphate reduction
  • salinisation
  • contamination
  • remediation
  • pollutant sources

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