Special Issue "Applying Artificial and Environmental Tracing Techniques in Hydrogeology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.
Interests: hydrogeology; hydrochemistry; tracers; isotopes; fractured and porous media; groundwater
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Interests: hydrogeology; hydrology; geomorphology; tracer; fractured rocks; isotope hydrology
Over the last decades, the use of tracers in groundwater sciences has abruptly increased, demonstrating their important usefulness in solving hydrogeological problems at different spatial and time scales. They are used in laboratory experiments (column tests) and field investigations (even at catchments and regional scales), and deal with water, lasting from few minutes to many millennia. They are recognized as powerful tools for obtaining information that cannot be gained by any other conventional means, such as depicting groundwater flow-paths and mixing processes among different end-members, identifying a connection between surficial water and groundwater, estimating the recharge areas of infiltrative water, and quantifying pre-infiltrative evaporative processes and groundwater residence times.
To date, many artificial (i.e., intentionally introduced into the hydrogeological system, such as dyes) and environmental (i.e., entering as a part of the hydrological cycle, like water isotopes) tracer have been tested, and the specific choice of a suitable one (or a subset of them; multi-tracing techniques) strictly depends on which hydrogeological investigation is to be done.
The aims of this Special Issue are to provide a current overview of the different tracer techniques in hydrogeology. We are particularly interested to case studies involving environmental and/or artificial tracers that demonstrate the capability of such methods in hydrogeological studies from mountainous and lowlands areas, in presence of fractured, karstic, and porous aquifers. Preference will be given to studies that are based on some selected artificial dyes (both in the form of solutes and particles, namely dissolved salts and ions, fluorescent dyes, synthetic DNA, and microspheres) and environmental tracers (pharmaceuticals and other synthetic compounds, and stable and radioactive isotopes).
We warmly invite authors to submit papers on the following areas, as well as on related broad topics:
- Groundwater–surface water interaction
- Recharge areas estimates
- Groundwater dating
- Groundwater pollution
- Water resources management
Dr. Federico Cervi
Prof. Dr. Alberto Tazioli
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The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Author: Cervi. F. *, Dadomo A. and Martinelli G.
*Correspondence: Independent researcher, Reggio Emilia, Italy; [email protected]2. Title: Regional vs Local Isotopic Gradients in Groundwater Recharge Studies: Different Approaches in Peculiar Geological Conditions
Author: Alberto Tazioli *, Stefano Palpacelli and Torquato Nanni
*Correspondence: Dipartimento di Scienze e Ingegneria della Materia, dell’Ambiente ed Urbanistica, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy; [email protected]3. Title: Natural Tracers Explain Spatial and Temporal Variations of Spring Recharge in A Dolomitic Mountain Group
Author: Lucianetti G., Penna D. *, Mastrorillo L. and Mazza R.
*Correspondence: University of Florence, Firenze, Italy; [email protected]4. Title: Dual-Tracer Characterization of Water Flow and Pollutant Transport in A River
Author: Damian Zieba, Przemyslaw Wachniew *
*Correspondence: AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow MP, Poland; [email protected]