Advanced simulation and modelling for urban groundwater by Ken Howard; Dubravka Pokrajac

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Urban groundwater issues have taken longer to emerge and, as a consequence, the science of urban groundwater is comparatively young. To date, remediation and problem resolution have taken priority over much-needed proactive measures such as aquifer management and groundwater protection. , 2006). 2, these issues relate to the impacts of urbanization on either the quality or quantity of the groundwater resource. 5, such issues pose important challenges in the development of simulation models suited to the urban groundwater environment.

The hydraulic properties of these may be modified by suspended solids contained in wastewater that has been discharged into the river upstream – anthropogenic colmation. g. Birmingham, a major city in central UK, has approximately 180 km of canals). g. , 2004). In some cases, complex injection well schemes have been implemented to control the intrusion. g. , 2003). In addition, coastal aquifers, including those on estuaries, will be sensitive to rising seawater levels associated with climate change.

1 are examined below. 1), which broadly reflect some of the main aspects of model design: geology, aquifer recharge, aquifer discharge and groundwater chemistry. There is inevitably some overlap in subject matter between the different themes and not all aspects of each theme are discussed, as many are not specific to urban systems. 1 Geology The distribution of the main geological units underlying a city are unaffected by urban development. However, there are a few situations where urban development affects the disposition of shallow subsurface material.

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