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Vol. 50, n.1, March 2009
pp. 15-28

The characterisation of aquifers by means of resistivity investigations

A. BRATUS and G. SANTARATO

Received: August 12, 2007; accepted: October 02, 2007

Abstract

The present paper contains the description of a collection of data and the main results that were achieved in the frame of the CAMI project using resistivity-based methods. In particular, the Electrical Resistivity Tomography was used to get detailed 2D and 3D resistivity models of the shallowest part of the subsurface in the test area (down to some tens of metres), while to reach the whole designed investigation depth, Magnetotellurics and Time-Domain ElectroMagnetic method (TDEM) were used and their costs-to-benefits ratios were evaluated. As far as the results of the resistivity investigation are concerned, a reliable 4D model of the resistivity distribution down to more than 500 m b.g.l. was obtained by TDEM data inversion. This model showed the variations of the resistivity vs. time of the first confined aquifer which were in excellent agreement with direct data. A reliable estimation of the actual porosity was also obtained for the same aquifer.

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