February 2017 Spotlight

PROTECT Team Members Publish on Patterns of Temporal Scaling of Groundwater Level Fluctuation

karstpublicationimageA May publication authored by Data Management and Modeling Core researcher Xue Yu and multiple other PROTECT-associated researchers revealed interesting findings on the spatial patterns of fractal scaling. After analyzing mono- and multi-fractal scaling for groundwater level fluctuation, researchers found and/or confirmed the following points:

  • Fractal scaling exists for groundwater level fluctuations in all aquifers.
  • Fractal scaling behavior of the fluctuation for each well is site specific.
  • The fractal coefficients are generally lower in the shallow wells.
  • Spatial patterns of fractal scaling depend on local hydrogeological conditions.

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