The use of isotope methods in groundwater protection studies

H. Dörr, U. Werner, S. Drenkhard, R. Bayer, P. Schlosser

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A concept for a site evaluation with respect to groundwater protection is explained. In this concept isotope methods are used as a tool to verify and confirm the results. Two examples are described where tritium, stable isotopes, tritim-3Haend radiocarbon are used to determine the infiltration rate, turnover time/mean residence time of aquifer systems. These results were compared with those obtained from classical hydrogeologic data. Assuming different scenarios for possible contaminant output from landfills, waste-management facilities, or waste disposal sites possible consequences for the groundwater quality are derived. It can be shown that the reliability and accuracy of the predictions can be increased considerably by the application of isotope methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-59
Number of pages13
JournalIsotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon 14
  • deuterium
  • environmental engineering
  • environmental isotopes
  • groundwater protection
  • helium 3
  • isotope hydrology
  • isotope methods
  • oxygen 18
  • tritium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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