Aquifer Tests - Data Acquisition
Perform field aquifer tests to measure hydrologic properties such as transmissivity and storativity. Impose a change in stress on an aquifer and measure changes in hydraulic head of the water table over time in observation wells.
- Obtain hands-on, practical experience of field data acquisition using appropriate instrumentation.
- Experience the ground-water investigation process from field data collection to hand and computational data analysis and final interpretation.
- Become better prepared for environmental employment.
Context for Use
This is the sixth of nine one-week exercises designed for a senior-level undergraduate lecture/lab hydrogeology course.
Teaching Notes and Tips
This activity is originally conducted on an aquifer in fractured metamorphic schist, but it can be adapted to aquifer bedrock types in your area.
The following equipment is required:
- Pressure transducers
- Levelhead water level indicators
- Integrated data logger (optional)
- Steel tapes (optional)
References and Resources
- Lee, 1998, Hands-On Laboratory Exercises for an Undergraduate Hydrogeology Course.Journal of Geoscience Education v. 46, p. 433. Contact the author to request furthur details and copies of the laboratory exercises.
See the other eight related activities derived from this article:
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Controlled Vocabulary Terms
Special Interest: Quantitative
Quantitative Skills Activity Type: Field Activity
Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Groundwater, Groundwater:Well hydraulics, Aquifer properties