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Ground Water Hydrology

This page provides supporting material for the text book

Estimating Groundwater Recharge,

Photo of Book Cover Estimating Groundwater

U.S. Geological Survey

with contributions by

Bureau of Economic Geology
Jackson School of Geosciences
University of Texas, Austin

Understanding groundwater recharge is essential for successful management of water resources and modeling fluid and contaminant transport within the subsurface. This book provides a critical evaluation of the theory and assumptions that underlie methods for estimating rates of groundwater recharge. Detailed explanations of the methods are provided - allowing readers to apply many of the techniques themselves without needing to consult additional references. Numerous practical examples highlight benefits and limitations of each method. Approximately 900 references allow advanced practitioners to pursue additional information on any method. Theoretical and practical considerations for selecting and applying methods for estimating groundwater recharge are covered. Hydrogeologists, water-resource specialists, civil and agricultural engineers, earth and environmental scientists and agronomists will benefit from the material contained in this book.

Copies of the book may be obtained from the Cambridge University Press

This book can serve as the primary text for a graduate-level course on Groundwater Recharge or as an adjunct text for courses on Groundwater Hydrology or Hydrogeology. For the benefit of students and instructors, problem sets of varying difficulty have been created and are available through the following links. Refinement of the problems is ongoing; please email any comments or suggestions to

Contact Information

Richard W. Healy
National Researach Program
Water Resources Discipline
U.S Geological Survey
M.S. 413, Box 25046, Federal Center
Denver, Colorado 80225-0046
Telephone: 303.236.5392
Fax: 303.236.5034

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