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Groundwater Resources Modelling: A Case Study from the UK

Product Code: SP364
Series: GSL Special Publications
Author/Editor: Edited by M Shepley, M Whiteman, P Hulme and M Grout
Publication Date: 14 May 2012
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The UK is a country with over 150 years of widespread exploitation of its principal aquifers for public water supply. Increasing demands, greater awareness of environmental pressures and more exacting legislation has heightened the need for quantitative models to predict the impacts of groundwater use. In the UK this has culminated in a unique national, regulator-led programme for England and Wales to develop conceptual and numerical models of the principal bedrock aquifers.
The outcomes of this programme will be of interest to the international hydrogeological community, particularly as international legislation such as the European Water Framework Directive requires management of water issues across administrative boundaries with a varied cast of stakeholders.
The collection of papers provides a contrast between practitioner- and research-based approaches to assess and predict the anthropogenic impacts and environmental pressures. Many insights are provided on how the regular use of groundwater models may address the environmental challenges of the future.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-344-3
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-344-8
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 392
Weight: 1.06 kg




SHEPLEY, M. G.,WHITEMAN, M. I., HULME, P. J. & GROUT, M. W. Introduction: groundwater resources modelling: a case study from the UK

RUSHTON, K. R. & SKINNER, A. C. A national approach to groundwater modelling: developing a programme and establishing technical standards

WHITEMAN, M. I., SEYMOUR, K. J., VANWONDEREN, J. J.,MAGINNESS, C. H., HULME, P. J., GROUT, M. W. & FARRELL, R. P. Start, development and status of the regulator-led national groundwater resources modelling programme in England and Wales

HUGHES, A. G., VAN WONDEREN, J. J., REES, J. G., SEYMOUR, K. J., MANFUL, D. & KARL, H. How to get your model results used: a guide to stakeholder engagement

WHITEMAN, M. I., MAGINNESS, C. H., FARRELL, R. P., GIJSBERS, P. J. A. & VERVERS, M. The National Groundwater Modelling System: providing wider access to groundwater models

QUINN, S. A., LISS, D., JOHNSON, D., VAN WONDEREN, J. J. & POWER, T. Recharge estimation methodologies employed by the Environment Agency of England and Wales for the purposes of regional groundwater resource modelling

MANSOUR, M. M., HUGHES, A. G., ROBINS, N. S., BALL, D. & OKORONKWO, C. The role of numerical modelling in understanding groundwater flow in Scottish alluvial aquifers

JONES, M. A., HUGHES, A. G., JACKSON, C. R. & VAN WONDEREN, J. Groundwater resource modelling for public water supply management in London

BUTLER, A. P., HUGHES, A. G., JACKSON, C. R., IRESON, A. M., PARKER, S. J.,WHEATER, H. S. & PEACH, D. W. Advances in modelling groundwater behaviour in Chalk catchments

SOLEY, R. W. N., POWER, T., MORTIMORE, R. N., SHAW, P., DOTTRIDGE, J., BRYAN, G. & COLLEY, I. Modelling the hydrogeology and managed aquifer system of the Chalk across southern England

BLACK, A. D., LEWIS, R. T., GROUT, M. W. & WITTERICK, W. R. Crossing boundaries, the influence of groundwater model boundaries and a method to join and split MODFLOW models

HUTCHINSON, M. J., INGRAM, R. G. S., GROUT, M. W.&HAYES, P. J. A successful model: 30 years of the Lincolnshire Chalk model

TAYLOR, A. B.,MARTIN, N. A., EVERARD, E.&KELLY, T. J. Modelling the Vale of St Albans: parameter estimation and dual storage

COOK, S. J., FITZPATRICK, C. M., BURGESS, W. G., LYTTON, L., BISHOP, P. & SAGE, R. Modelling the influence of solution-enhanced conduits on catchment-scale contaminant transport in the Hertfordshire Chalk aquifer

WATSON, S. J., BURGESS, W. G. & BARKER, J. A. Re-evaluating dual-porosity effects at the site of a seminal groundwater modelling study: Tilmanstone, southern England

INGRAM, R. G. S., STONE, N., CAREY, M. & SMART, P. L. Catchment-scale water balance modelling in a Carboniferous Limestone aquifer

SOLEY, R. W. N., MATTHEWS, A., ROSS, D., MAGINNESS, C. H., PACKMAN,M. & HULME, P. J. Groundwater abstraction impacts on river flows: predictions from regional groundwater models

HULME, P. J., JACKSON, C. R., ATKINS, J. K., HUGHES, A. G.,MANSOUR, M. M., SEYMOUR, K. J.&WILSON, K. A rapid model for estimating the depletion in river flows due to groundwater abstraction

SHEPLEY, M. G. & SOLEY, R. W. N. The use of groundwater levels and numerical models for the management of a layered, moderate-diffusivity aquifer

DAILY, P. J. J., RILEY, J. J., SHEPLEY, M. G. & BUSS, S. R. Simulation of a water transfer tunnel at catchment scale in the Permo-Triassic Sandstone aquifer, UK

GELLATLY, S. C., RAYNOR, M. E., GREEN, C. J. E. & NEVE, P. S. Using and refining an existing regional groundwater model to assess the impacts of an abstraction on a nearby wetland

BLACK, G. E. & BLACK, A. D. PEST controlled: responsible application of inverse techniques on UK groundwater models



Review by Yongxin Xu, Y. Xu

Institute of Karst Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Guilin, China

Featured in Hydrogeology Journal DOI 10.1007/s10040-013-0954-7

The types of books that hydrogeologists often come across range from purely research monographs to text books, to conference proceedings. What the London Geological Society offers in its special publication 364 (the subject book, Shepley et al. 2012) summarizes and highlights the experiences of some 20 years of groundwater modelling in England and Wales (UK), and Scotland to a lesser extent, at both regional and local scales.

The publication is an exemplary addition to the much-needed testimony of numerical-modelling applications.

One of the best things about this book is that a useful guide to stakeholder engagement is offered to get model results used. The models were generally built by consultants with technical steering by Environment Agency staff and external peer review, either by independent senior consultants or academics. Stakeholders such as the privatised water companies, duly participated in the processes to develop the models. The importance of providing a wider access to the models is equally reflected and stressed in the book.

This makes the book an excellent reference for modellers and practising hydrogeologists, water engineers, ecologists and town planners to consult in their endeavours to capitalise on groundwater numerical simulations.

Review by Robert E. Mache

Featured in Vol. 51, No. 4–Groundwater–July-August 2013

This book (Shepley et al. 2012), a collection of papers written specifically for this volume, provides not only case studies of individual groundwater modelling efforts, but also an important case study of an overall effort to model a nation’s aquifers. I read this book with great personal interest because I have been involved with a similar modelling program in Texas.

The editors were closely involved in the national effort; therefore, they were well-positioned to coordinate and deliver a thorough and well-documented product. The documentation of efforts such as this is invaluable for guiding others down a similar path. The book does a great job of detailing how the Environmental Agency conducted its project management, including developing the project framework and identifying major tasks and deliverables.

This slightly less than 400-page hardcover book is well put together: nicely edited with clear graphics, many in colour. My only quibble is that the organization of the papers after the first five is a bit unclear and, therefore, seemingly random. Nevertheless, anyone interested in putting together a large-scale modelling effort, learning about the art of modelling, or simply knowing more about the hydrogeology of the United Kingdom will find the book invaluable.

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