Groundwater models can improve our understanding of how real aquifer systems behave and can be used to make predictions about the system’s future behaviour. Specific questions that can be addressed using a groundwater model include:
- How might a change in abstraction be used to improve river flows or reduce impacts on a wetland?
- Is a potential river support scheme sustainable?
- How might climate change influence available resources?
- Will this abstraction cause saline intrusion?
- How might changes in abstraction affect groundwater quality?
In order to produce a groundwater model that can be used as a reliable management tool, it is essential to base it on a carefully worked out conceptual model. This requires a thorough review of all the relevant data. Through our depth of experience in this area we are able to select the right groundwater modelling approach for the problem being faced: groundwater models should never be more complex than the problem requires (and data available allows).
ESI has one of the largest and most technically capable groundwater modelling teams in the UK. Over the last decade we have consistently delivered technically robust groundwater models that are used to provide practical answers to the important water resource questions faced by our clients. We have developed and used groundwater models to solve problems involving water resource management, borehole yield, tunnel dewatering, quarry dewatering, climate change, saline intrusion and groundwater contamination (including petrol spills and landfills).