Articles | Volume 19, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 137–157, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-137-2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 137–157, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-137-2015

Research article 09 Jan 2015

Research article | 09 Jan 2015

Thermal damping and retardation in karst conduits

A. J. Luhmann et al.

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Water temperature is a non-conservative tracer. Variations in recharge temperature are damped and retarded as water moves through an aquifer due to heat exchange between water and rock. This paper presents relationships that describe thermal damping and retardation in karst conduits determined using analytical solutions and numerical simulations, with some support provided by field data. These relationships may be used with field data to estimate unknown flow path geometry in karst aquifers.