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The Experience Of Southern Apulia (Italy) Coastal Karst Aquifer: Indications For The Management

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SPD030421

Volume

67

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

511.43 kb

Author(s)

M. Delle Rose, C. Fidelibus, G. InternĂ² & M. Parise

Abstract

The experience of southern Apulia (Italy) coastal karst aquifer: indications for the management M. Delle ~ o s e ' , C. ~idelibus~, G. 1nternb2 & M. parise' ' National Research Council - IRPI, Bari, Italy Technical University of Bari, Italy Abstract Prediction of the salt water intrusion in coastal karst aquifers is a key issue in several regions of the world. Southern Apulia (Italy) hosts a huge aquifer of karstified lime-stones, that provides 90% of the water demand of this sub-region. The exploitation of the aquifer currently exceeds its natural recharge capacity. The groundwater in wide coastal areas of the sub-region underwent an increase of the salt content. Salinization of the groundwater in such an aquifer cannot be predicted by means of conventional models. An effective model for a quantitative prediction of the fluid flow and transport of solute in the aquifer, aimed at a better understanding of the phenomenon, is there-fore needed. This model should account for the discrete nature of

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