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Limitations of fibre optic distributed temperature sensing for quantifying surface water groundwater interactions

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Created: Mar 31, 2018 at 11:55 p.m.
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Studies of surface water–groundwater interactions using fiber optic distributed temperature sensing (FO-DTS) has increased in recent years. However, only a few studies to date have explored the limitations of FO-DTS in detecting groundwater discharge to 5 streams. A FO_DTS system was therefore tested in a flume under controlled laboratory conditions for its ability to accurately measure the discharge of hot or cold groundwater into a simulated surface water flow. In the experiment the surface water (SW) and groundwater (GW) velocities, expressed as ratios (vgw/vsw), were varied from 0.21 % to 61.7 %; temperature difference between SW-GW were varied from 2 to 10 ◦C; the 10 direction of temperature gradient were varied with both cold and-hot water injection; and two different bed materials were used to investigate their effects on FO_DTS’s detection limit of groundwater discharge. The ability of the FO_DTS system to detect the discharge of groundwater of a different temperature in the laboratory environment was found to be mainly dependent upon the surface and groundwater flow velocities and 15 their temperature difference. A correlation was proposed to estimate the groundwater discharge from temperature. The correlation is valid when the ratio of the apparent temperature response to the source temperature difference is above 0.02

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Roshan, H. (2018). Limitations of fibre optic distributed temperature sensing for quantifying surface water groundwater interactions, HydroShare,

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