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Groundwater : site scale, catchment scale, basin scale

By Stephanie Bricker, John Bloomfield, Daren Gooddy, David Macdonald and Rob Ward


There are significant groundwater resources in the Thames Basin (Figure 1) supporting\ud approximately 40 per cent of public water supply. Additionally many of the rivers in\ud the catchment are supported by groundwater from the underlying aquifers. Effective\ud management of both groundwater resources and groundwater-dependent ecosystems\ud requires a good understanding of how our aquifers behave. We must also consider how\ud these systems will respond to future changes, in particular climatic variability, land-use\ud change and continued urban development. Our poster presents a few examples of how we\ud are working to improve our understanding of groundwater systems in the Thames Basin,\ud in particular we look at flooding in Oxford, groundwater–surface water interactions in the\ud Chalk and the response of groundwater to a changing water cycle

Year: 2011
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