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Aquifer characterisation

Aquifer characterisation


We are interested in techniques to efficiently reproduce aquifer structures and heterogeneity at multiple scales. Among our previous contributions are high-resolution aquifer analogues, which have become popular in the scientific community for demonstration of groundwater flow and transport processes as well as for validation of inversion procedures. We have also developed large-scale 3D geological models covering hundreds of square kilometres.


Zhang, B., Gu, K., Bayer, P., Qi, H., B. Shi, B., Wang, B., Jiang, Y., Zhou, Q. (2023). Estimation of Groundwater Flow Rate by an Actively Heated Fiber Optics Based Thermal Response Test in a Grouted Borehole. Water Resources Research, 59(1), e2022WR032672.
Zhang, B., Gu, K., Bayer, P., Xiang, F., Wei, Z., Wang, B., Shi, B. (2023). Estimation of vertical water flow in slopes from high-resolution temperature profiles. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 82:20.

Liu, Q., Hu, L., Bayer, P., Xing, Y., Qiu, P., Ptak, T., Hu, R. (2020). A numerical study of slug tests in a three‐dimensional heterogeneous porous aquifer considering well inertial effects. Water Resources Research, in press.

Zhang, B., Gu, K., Shi, B., Liu, C., Bayer, P., Wei, G., Gong, X., Yang, L. (2020). Actively heated fiber optics based thermal response test: A field demonstration. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 134, 110336.

Gueting, N., Caers, J., Comunian, A., Vanderborght, J., Englert, A. (2017). Reconstruction of 3D aquifer heterogeneity from 2D geophysical data. Mathematical Geosciences, 50(1), 53-75.

Somogyvári, M., Bayer, P., Brauchler, R. (2016). Travel time based thermal tracer tomography. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1885–1901.

Bayer, P., Comunian, A., Höyng, D., Mariethoz, G. (2015). High resolution multi-facies realizations of sedimentary reservoir and aquifer analogs. Sci. Data 2, 150033.

Höyng, D., Daffonseca, F.M., Bayer, P., Oliveira, E., Perinotto, J.A.J., Reis, F., Weiss, H., Grathwohl, P. (2014). High-resolution aquifer analog of fluvial-aeolian sediments of the Pirambóia Formation in the Guaraní aquifer system. Environmental Earth Sciences, 71, 3081–3094.

Schimpf, L., Gossel, W. (2014). From  registration to visualization of geological data with MO2GEO:  applications of the FieldModule, interpolation methods, and computer visualization. Environmental Earth Sciences, 72/10SI, 3869-3879.

Bayer, P., Huggenberger, P., Renard, P., and A. Comunian (2011). Three-dimensional high resolution fluvio-glacial aquifer analog, Part 1: field study. Journal of Hydrology, 405, 1-9.

Comunian, A., Renard, P., Straubhaar, J., and P. Bayer (2011). Three-dimensional high resolution fluvio-glacial aquifer analog, Part 2: geostatistical modelling. Journal of Hydrology, 405, 10-23.

Hu, R., Brauchler, R., Herold, M., Bayer, P. (2011). Hydraulic tomography analogue study: Coupling travel time and steady shape inversion. Journal of Hydrology, 409(1-2), 350-362.

Rienäcker, J., Lähne, R., Gossel, W., Wycisk, P. (2011). Geological 3D model of Halle/Saale – complex fault-zone modelling (Germany). Proceedings of IAMG 2011, Salzburg, 6 pp.

Wycisk, P., Hubert, T., Gossel, W., Neumann, C. (2009). High-resolution 3D spatial modelling of complex geological structures for an environmental risk assessment of abundant mining and industrial megasites. Computers & Geosciences, 35/1, 165-182.

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