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.
Table of Contents
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.
Dr Nico Goldscheider studied geology at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany and has been Senior Lecturer at the Centre of Hydrogeology at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland since 2002. He is a specialist in karst hydrogeology, tracing techniques and groundwater quality monitoring, and has an interest in the microbiological aspects of karst hydrogeology.
Dr David Drew studied at the Universities of Nottingham and Bristol, UK. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Geography at Trinity College Dublin. His particular research interests include the hydrogeology of karstic areas and human interaction with the karstic environment.