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Proposed methodology to delineate bodies of groundwater according to the European water framework directive. Application in a pilot Mediterranean river basin (Málaga, Spain).
J Environ Manage. 2009 Mar; 90(3):1523-33.JE

Abstract

The term "body of groundwater" represents a new administrative tool established by the water framework directive (WFD) in order to manage European groundwaters. Its practical application raises some difficulties due to unclear definitions and the large heterogeneity of European aquifers. In this work, a methodology is proposed to carry out the delineation of bodies of groundwater according to the requirements of the WFD. This methodology faces up to some of the major difficulties that can arise during the delineation, such as the identification of bodies of groundwater in multilayered aquifers, boundaries between superposed groundwater bodies, and delimitation in low permeability materials or in dismembered aquifers. In order to show its practical application, the proposed methodology is applied in a pilot Mediterranean river basin located in southern Spain. Results show that previous knowledge of the hydrogeological conditions is necessary to enable a correct delineation of groundwater bodies. Finally, alternative procedures are proposed for low permeability and small aquifers in order to reduce the number of groundwater bodies identified and simplify their overall management.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Centre of Hydrogeology, Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, University of Málaga, Campus de Teatinos s.n., 29071 Málaga, Spain. dsanchez@uma.esNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19084323

Citation

Sánchez, Damián, et al. "Proposed Methodology to Delineate Bodies of Groundwater According to the European Water Framework Directive. Application in a Pilot Mediterranean River Basin (Málaga, Spain)." Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 90, no. 3, 2009, pp. 1523-33.
Sánchez D, Carrasco F, Andreo B. Proposed methodology to delineate bodies of groundwater according to the European water framework directive. Application in a pilot Mediterranean river basin (Málaga, Spain). J Environ Manage. 2009;90(3):1523-33.
Sánchez, D., Carrasco, F., & Andreo, B. (2009). Proposed methodology to delineate bodies of groundwater according to the European water framework directive. Application in a pilot Mediterranean river basin (Málaga, Spain). Journal of Environmental Management, 90(3), 1523-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.11.001
Sánchez D, Carrasco F, Andreo B. Proposed Methodology to Delineate Bodies of Groundwater According to the European Water Framework Directive. Application in a Pilot Mediterranean River Basin (Málaga, Spain). J Environ Manage. 2009;90(3):1523-33. PubMed PMID: 19084323.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Proposed methodology to delineate bodies of groundwater according to the European water framework directive. Application in a pilot Mediterranean river basin (Málaga, Spain). AU - Sánchez,Damián, AU - Carrasco,Francisco, AU - Andreo,Bartolomé, Y1 - 2008/12/11/ PY - 2008/01/22/received PY - 2008/08/12/revised PY - 2008/11/05/accepted PY - 2008/12/17/entrez PY - 2008/12/17/pubmed PY - 2009/3/6/medline SP - 1523 EP - 33 JF - Journal of environmental management JO - J Environ Manage VL - 90 IS - 3 N2 - The term "body of groundwater" represents a new administrative tool established by the water framework directive (WFD) in order to manage European groundwaters. Its practical application raises some difficulties due to unclear definitions and the large heterogeneity of European aquifers. In this work, a methodology is proposed to carry out the delineation of bodies of groundwater according to the requirements of the WFD. This methodology faces up to some of the major difficulties that can arise during the delineation, such as the identification of bodies of groundwater in multilayered aquifers, boundaries between superposed groundwater bodies, and delimitation in low permeability materials or in dismembered aquifers. In order to show its practical application, the proposed methodology is applied in a pilot Mediterranean river basin located in southern Spain. Results show that previous knowledge of the hydrogeological conditions is necessary to enable a correct delineation of groundwater bodies. Finally, alternative procedures are proposed for low permeability and small aquifers in order to reduce the number of groundwater bodies identified and simplify their overall management. SN - 0301-4797 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19084323/Proposed_methodology_to_delineate_bodies_of_groundwater_according_to_the_European_water_framework_directive__Application_in_a_pilot_Mediterranean_river_basin__Málaga_Spain__ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0301-4797(08)00318-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -