Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2122/9302
Authors: Ricchetti, E.* 
Polemio, M.* 
Title: Vulnerability Mapping of Carbonate Aquifer using Geografic Information Systems
Issue Date: 9-Jul-2001
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2122/9302
Keywords: aquifer vulnerability
karst
sintacs
Subject Classification05. General::05.08. Risk::05.08.02. Hydrogeological risk 
Abstract: Computer techniques such as Geographic Information Systems are applied to the evaluation of the vulnerability of a deep carbonate aquifer. The study area is located in the low Murgia Plateau (Apulia) and characterized by Mesozoic limestone and dolomite rocks of several thousand meters thickness. A wide and thick aquifer resides in these carbonate rocks. Its groundwater flows toward the sea mainly under pressure. Due to their high quality, the water resources of this aquifer are particularly valuable for the local communities and therefore must be protected from pollution and inappropriate use. The vulnerability map of the aquifer is an indispensable tool for the effective management of water resources and to support environmental planning. Geographic Information Systems can be effectively applied to the implementation of vulnerability models. In this study the SINTACS evaluation method was implemented in a GIS and a digital vulnerability map produced. The computerized multilayer analysis performed by the GIS is time effective and leads to more comprehensive and accurate results with better spatial resolution.
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