The importance of investigating karstified aquifers lies in their significance as a major source of drinking water. This book describes methods that are basic to all hydrogeological studies, such as hydraulic investigations, hydrochemistry, geophysics, isotope chemistry and modelling, but with the emphasis placed on their application to karst systems. Other techniques are specific to the karst environment, such as the speleological exploration of aquifers and water tracing. The various chapters of this book are written by experts in different methods. Most of the chapters are multi-authored, and the authors include hydrogeologists who are experienced in evaluating a variety of karst environments and who together, provide a comprehensive review of karst methods.
Introduction. The Geological and Geomorphological Framework. Speleological Investigations. Hydrological Techniques. Hydraulic Methods. Hydrochemical Techniques. Isotopic Techniques. Tracer Techniques. Geophysical Methods. Modelling Combined use of Techniques and Methodologies.