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Introduction to Hydrogeology, Third Edition
Unesco-IHE Delft Lecture Note Series

ISBN 9781138028906
Published November 11, 2015 by CRC Press
266 Pages

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Book Description

Providing an introduction to the crucially important topic of groundwater, this text covers all major fields of hydrogeology and includes outlines of the occurrence of groundwater in various rock types, the movement and storage of groundwater, the formulation of groundwater balances, the development of groundwater chemistry, as well as the practical application of hydrogeology for groundwater development. Following a unique systems approach to describe and connect its various elements, the text also explores a large selection of examples of groundwater cases from various parts of the world. In addition, theoretical sections and examples are illustrated with a number of drawings, photos and computer printouts. Suitable for education in hydrogeology at postgraduate and graduate level, the text is also a useful reference tool for professionals and decision-makers involved in water or water-related activities. In the revised paperback edition more attention is paid to the processes in the unsaturated zone, especially those relating to groundwater recharge. Also, the investigation methods are highlighted in the sections where the related theory is dealt with, and they are not presented in the last chapter on groundwater management. The References and Bibliography section is also extended, some figures are improved, and the inevitable ‘typing errors’ are corrected as well.
In the third edition, a more formal basis for the hydro-chemical processes described in the chapter on groundwater chemistry has been added. Mass balances and the principles of dispersion and retardation are introduced. Additional illustrations are provided, also explaining the processes occurring along streamlines.

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Table of Contents




1.1 General background

1.2 Hydrological systems


2.1 Basic concepts

2.2 Formation of groundwater systems

2.3 Groundwater investigation methods


3.1 Principles of groundwater flow

3.2 Flow in groundwater systems

3.3 The flow systems concept


4.1 Groundwater balance concepts

4.2 Groundwater balance estimation methods

4.3 Groundwater balances and their environment


5.1 Groundwater and its interaction with rocks

5.2 Groundwater chemistry and rock types


6.1 Groundwater management

6.2 Groundwater planning and investigations

6.3 Groundwater resources studies





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Since 2013 a retired Associate Professor in Hydrogeology at UNESCO‑IHE, Johannes C. Nonner used to lecture in hydrogeology and groundwater investigation techniques. His special field of research at UNESCO-IHE covered groundwater development and environmental integrity in The Netherlands and other parts of the world, for which he was heavily involved in groundwater flow- and transport modelling. After graduating in hydrogeology at the Free University of Amsterdam, and before joining UNESCO-IHE in 1989, Johannes C. Nonner was involved in groundwater consultancy and training assignments around the globe.


"This book is a good non-mathematical introduction to hydrogeology that should have a wide appeal to teachers and studenst alike"
Mark Robinson, Wallingford, UK in: Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences, Volume , number 2 (2003).

"The book of Johannes C. Nonner can be considered as a ‘’step up’’ for people without knowledge of groundwater hydrology" - "The nice thing about Nonner's book is especially the examples. Many figures are adequate. They are all clear. And moreover, they sketch the application of knowledge into practice, in many cases in foreign countries (India, Pakistan, Middle-East), giving the book an added value: the importance of knowledge also becomes clear." - "In short: Introduction to Hydrogeology is a good book for a short introductory course in international groundwater hydrology, and has as additional objective arousing the need for additional knowledge. The price (of the paperback) is also attractive."
Michael R. van der Valk in Stromingen 9, number 2 (2003); translated from Dutch.

"The book is an excellent summary of the occurrence of groundwater, its source, character, and availability."
Philip E. LaMoreaux, Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Geology (2003).

"Nonner’s writing style is straightforward and engaging, and the book is well organized with clear illustrations and easy-to-follow subheadings provided in the margins.
The book’s many interesting examples and careful explanations offer a great resource for upper-level students or professional scientists entering the field of groundwater management. (…) the broad perspective and a thorough introduction to fundamentals provided by Nonner provide an ideal foundation for use in my honors and graduate seminars."
Marcia Schulmeister in Groundwater, vol. 55 (1), January-February 2017.

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