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Estimating specific yield and transmissivity with magnetic resonance sounding in an unconfined sandstone aquifer (Niger).

Abstract

The unconfined aquifer of the Continental Terminal in Niger was investigated by magnetic resonance sounding (MRS) and by 14 pumping tests in order to improve calibration of MRS outputs at field scale. The reliability of the standard relationship used for estimating aquifer transmissivity by MRS was checked; it was found that the parametric factor can be estimated with an uncertainty ≤150% by a single point of calibration. The MRS water content (θ MRS) was shown to be positively correlated with the specific yield (Sy), and θ MRS always displayed higher values than Sy. A conceptual model was subsequently developed, based on estimated changes of the total porosity, Sy, and the specific retention Sr as a function of the median grain size. The resulting relationship between θ MRS and Sy showed a reasonably good fit with the experimental dataset, considering the inherent heterogeneity of the aquifer matrix (residual error is ∼60%). Interpreted in terms of aquifer parameters, MRS data suggest a log-normal distribution of the permeability and a one-sided Gaussian distribution of Sy. These results demonstrate the efficiency of the MRS method for fast and low-cost prospection of hydraulic parameters for large unconfined aquifers.

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insu-00411916 , version 1 (31-08-2009)

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M. Boucher, G. Favreau, Jean-Michel Vouillamoz, Y. Nazoumou, Anatoly Legchenko. Estimating specific yield and transmissivity with magnetic resonance sounding in an unconfined sandstone aquifer (Niger).. Hydrogeology Journal, 2009, 17 (7), pp.1805-1815. ⟨10.1007/s10040-009-0447-x⟩. ⟨insu-00411916⟩
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