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Assessing Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Groundwater Recharge on Catalina Island, California, from Soil Water Balance Modeling
by Harlow, Jeanette, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 117; 10743700
Abstract (Summary)

Quantifying groundwater recharge is of crucial importance for sustainable groundwater management. While many recharge quantification techniques have been devised, few provide spatially and temporally distributed estimates for regional-scale water resource assessments. In this study, a GIS-based and USGS-developed recharge quantification tool—the Soil Water Balance (SWB) model—was applied to produce fine-tuned recharge constraints and document spatial and temporal dynamics of recharge. SWB has, as of yet, been tested solely in coastal and continental temperate-humid climate zones. This study expands testing of SWB to a Mediterranean climate zone, focusing on Catalina Island, California. Catalina has experienced significant water supply issues due to a prolonged drought. Using available climate, land use/land cover and hydrology data, the SWB model yields annual recharge values for the time period 2008–2014 of 0.05 mm/year to over 82 mm/year. Results of this thesis provide information on spatial and temporal patterns of groundwater recharge on Catalina Island.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hagedorn, Benjamin
Commitee: Becker, Matthew, Wechsler, Suzanne P.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Geological Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geographic information science, Geology, Hydrologic sciences
Keywords: Catalina Island, GIS, Groundwater recharge, Numerical modeling, Soil water balance, Water balance
Publication Number: 10743700
ISBN: 978-0-355-66982-4
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