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Georg-August-Universität zu Göttingen (2007)

An integrated approach for the investigation of unconsolidated aquifers in a brackish environment : a case study on the Jordanian side of the lower Jordan Valley

Toll, Mathias

Titre : An integrated approach for the investigation of unconsolidated aquifers in a brackish environment : a case study on the Jordanian side of the lower Jordan Valley

Ein integrierter Ansatz zur Untersuchung von Lockergesteinsaquiferen in einer brackigen Umgebung - Eine Fallstudie auf der jordanischen Seite des unteren Jordantals

Auteur : Toll, Mathias

Université de soutenance : Georg-August-Universität zu Göttingen

Grade : Doktorgrades der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultäten 2007

Résumé
In semi-arid areas groundwater systems are frequently not sufficiently characterized hydrogeologically and long term data records are generally not available. Long-term time series are necessary, however to design future groundwater abstraction scenarios or to predict the influence of future climate change effects on groundwater resources. To overcome these problems an integrated approach for the provision of a reliable database based on sparse and fuzzy data is proposed. This integrated approach is demonstrated in the lowermost area of the Jordan Valley/ Jordan.The lower Jordan Valley is part of the Jordan Dead Sea Wadi Araba Transform Faults system, which extends from the Red Sea to lake Tiberias and beyond with a major 107 km sinistral strike-slip fault between the Arabian plate to the east and the northeastern part of the African plate to the west. Due to extensional forces a topographic depression was formed. As a result of an arid environment it is filled with evaporites, lacustrine sediments, and clastic fluvial components. Due to the availability of irrigation water and a subtropical climate with hot, dry summers and mild humid winters provide excellent farming conditions. Therefore the Jordan Valley is considered as the food basket of Jordan and is used intensively for agriculture. Since groundwater is the major source for irrigation hundreds of shallow wells were drilled and large amounts of groundwater were abstracted. Consequently groundwater quality decreased rapidly since the sixties and signs of overpumping and an increase in soil salinity could clearly be seen.In order to achieve a sustainable utilization of water resources and to quantify the impact of climate change on water resources a proper assessment of the groundwater resources as well as their quality is a prerequisite. In order to sufficiently describe the complex hydrogeologic flow system an integrated approach, combining geological, geophysical, hydrogeological, historical, and chemical methods was chosen. The aquifer geometry and composition is described with the help of geological, hydochemical, and geophysical methods. As far as the water budget is concerned, the recharge to the considered aquifer is estimated with geological methods and available data sets, while the abstraction from the aquifer is estimated with the help of remote sensing techniques. A historical approach is used to detect the general conditions under which the groundwater system has been in the past. Afterwards this information is implemented into a numerical 3-D transient model integrating all important features of the hydrogeological system. In order to be able to give reliable predictions about the impacts of climate change scenarios on the groundwater system the flow model was tested against stress periods depicted during the historical review of the test area. These stress periods include periods of intense rainfall, of drought, and of anthropogenic impacts, like building of storage dams and of violent conflicts. 38 years, starting from the agricultural development of the lower Jordan Valley until 2001 were simulated. Recommendations for future sustainable groundwater abstractions are given.

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