Identification and characterization of regional water flows contributing to the recharge of an unconfined aquifer

  • Teresita Betancur-Vargas University of Antioquia
  • Cristina Martínez-Uribe University of Antioquia
  • Edwin Fabian García-Aristizábal University of Antioquia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4837-8518
  • John Fernando Escobar-Martínez University of Antioquia
Keywords: Recharge zones, Direct recharge, Regional flows, Groundwater

Abstract

The aquifer recharge can be direct and diffuse, or can occur through interaction with surface water bodies, or from input of regional flows from remote areas according to the conditions of porosity and second permeability from the host rock. In this study, direct recharge areas and regional flow systems were determined for the Aburrá Valley-Colombia. Five factors were taken into consideration in order to identify recharge areas: location of the springs, weathering profiles, topography, structural patterns and infiltration. Hydrogeochemical and isotope methods were used in order to validate the model.

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Author Biographies

Teresita Betancur-Vargas, University of Antioquia

Engineering Management and Environmental Management Group (GIGA), Faculty of Engineering.

Cristina Martínez-Uribe, University of Antioquia

Engineering Management and Environmental Management Group (GIGA), Faculty of Engineering.

Edwin Fabian García-Aristizábal, University of Antioquia

Engineering Management and Environmental Management Group (GIGA), Faculty of Engineering.

 

John Fernando Escobar-Martínez, University of Antioquia

Engineering Management and Environmental Management Group (GIGA), Faculty of Engineering.

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Published
2017-12-07
How to Cite
Betancur-Vargas T., Martínez-Uribe C., García-Aristizábal E. F., & Escobar-Martínez J. F. (2017). Identification and characterization of regional water flows contributing to the recharge of an unconfined aquifer. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia, (85), 70-85. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.redin.n85a07