Tritium/3He measurements as calibration tools in groundwater transport modelling

Martin Stute, Peter Schlosser

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The distribution of 3H and its decay product 3He in aquifers can be utilized to calibrate groundwater flow and transport models, either by using the two isotopes as separate tracers, or by using the 3H/3He age. A variety of modelling approaches has been applied to 3H/3He data sets in hydrogeological settings ranging from simple homogeneous sands to fractured bedrock systems. These studies indicate that tritium concentrations alone, as well as 3H/3He data provide powerful calibration targets for groundwater flow and transport models. 3H/3He data are also sensitive to longitudinal and transversal dispersion and to large-scale mixing and can be used to quantify these processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-38
Number of pages6
JournalIAHS-AISH Publication
Issue number262
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventTraM'2000: The International Conference on 'Tracers and Modelling in Hydrology' - Liege, Belgium
Duration: May 23 2000May 26 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Water Science and Technology


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