Investigation of the human impact on regional groundwater systems

F. De Smedt, O. Batelaan

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Abstract

The human impact on regional groundwater systems is investigated in the Dijle basin, situated east of Brussels, Belgium. The hydrological and hydrogeological settings are rather complex because the land-use is strongly affected by urbanisation, industrialisation and agriculture. The effect of land-use on the groundwater recharge is simulated with the WetSpass model, which allows one to estimate spatially distributed runoff, evapotranspiration, and recharge as a function of land cover, soil type and topography. In order to quantify the impact of urban and agricultural land-use, the results are compared with the hypothetical situation in which all land cover is assumed to be forest. The results show a substantial reduction in groundwater recharge especially in urban areas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcosystems and Sustainable Development IV
EditorsE. Tiezzi, C. A. Brebbia, J. L. Usó
PublisherWIT Press
Pages1145-1153
Number of pages9
Volume2
ISBN (Print)185312804X, 9781853128042
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventFourth International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development ECOSUD IV - Siena, Italy
Duration: 4 Jun 20046 Jun 2004

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
PublisherWIT Press
Volume64
ISSN (Print)1743-3541
NameAdvances in ecological sciences
PublisherWIT Press
Volume19
ISSN (Print)1369-8273

Conference

ConferenceFourth International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development ECOSUD IV
CountryItaly
CitySiena
Period4/06/046/06/04

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