Transmissive and capacitive behavior of the unsaturated zone in devonian limestones, implications for the functioning of the epikarstic aquifer: An introduction

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The hydrogeological behavior of the unsaturated zone in karst limestones is far to be completely understood. However, this part of aquifer systems is the most important for the vulnerability of drinking water resources. In Wallonia, the majority of tap water is provided by Devonian and Carboniferous limestones, which consist of highly karstified and fractured formations. The purpose of this research was to apply an experimental approach in order to assess the functioning of the unsaturated part of karst systems. We choose to follow two drip sites within the Han-sur-Lesse cave system (Rochefort, Belgium), the actual dataset covers the 2008–2013 period and the recording device is still active. We also conduct dye tracer experiment (uranin) from the surface with a fluorometer into the cave coupled with a drip collector. In this paper, we present the contextualization of the study site, the experimental methodology, and the first results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHydrogeological and Enviromental Investigations in Karst Systems
EditorsBartolomé Andreo, Francisco Carrasco, Juan José Duran, Pablo Jiménez, James W. LaMoreaux
PublisherSpringer
Pages35-43
Number of pages9
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-17435-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-17434-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameEnvironmental Earth Sciences
PublisherJames W. LaMoreaux
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1866-6280
ISSN (Electronic)1866-6299

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Poulain, A., Rochez, G., Bonniver, I., & Hallet, V. (2015). Transmissive and capacitive behavior of the unsaturated zone in devonian limestones, implications for the functioning of the epikarstic aquifer: An introduction. In B. Andreo, F. Carrasco, J. J. Duran, P. Jiménez, & J. W. LaMoreaux (Eds.), Hydrogeological and Enviromental Investigations in Karst Systems (Vol. 1, pp. 35-43). (Environmental Earth Sciences; Vol. 1). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-17435-3_5
Poulain, A. ; Rochez, G. ; Bonniver, I. ; Hallet, V. / Transmissive and capacitive behavior of the unsaturated zone in devonian limestones, implications for the functioning of the epikarstic aquifer : An introduction. Hydrogeological and Enviromental Investigations in Karst Systems. editor / Bartolomé Andreo ; Francisco Carrasco ; Juan José Duran ; Pablo Jiménez ; James W. LaMoreaux. Vol. 1 Springer, 2015. pp. 35-43 (Environmental Earth Sciences).
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Poulain, A, Rochez, G, Bonniver, I & Hallet, V 2015, Transmissive and capacitive behavior of the unsaturated zone in devonian limestones, implications for the functioning of the epikarstic aquifer: An introduction. in B Andreo, F Carrasco, JJ Duran, P Jiménez & JW LaMoreaux (eds), Hydrogeological and Enviromental Investigations in Karst Systems. vol. 1, Environmental Earth Sciences, vol. 1, Springer, pp. 35-43. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-17435-3_5

Transmissive and capacitive behavior of the unsaturated zone in devonian limestones, implications for the functioning of the epikarstic aquifer : An introduction. / Poulain, A.; Rochez, G.; Bonniver, I.; Hallet, V.

Hydrogeological and Enviromental Investigations in Karst Systems. ed. / Bartolomé Andreo; Francisco Carrasco; Juan José Duran; Pablo Jiménez; James W. LaMoreaux. Vol. 1 Springer, 2015. p. 35-43 (Environmental Earth Sciences; Vol. 1).

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Poulain A, Rochez G, Bonniver I, Hallet V. Transmissive and capacitive behavior of the unsaturated zone in devonian limestones, implications for the functioning of the epikarstic aquifer: An introduction. In Andreo B, Carrasco F, Duran JJ, Jiménez P, LaMoreaux JW, editors, Hydrogeological and Enviromental Investigations in Karst Systems. Vol. 1. Springer. 2015. p. 35-43. (Environmental Earth Sciences). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-17435-3_5