Articles | Volume 20, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1655–1667, 2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1655–1667, 2016

Technical note 03 May 2016

Technical note | 03 May 2016

Technical note: Analytical drawdown solution for steady-state pumping tests in two-dimensional isotropic heterogeneous aquifers

Alraune Zech and Sabine Attinger

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Short summary
A new method is presented which allows interpreting pumping test in heterogeneous transmissivity fields. Based on radially dependent transmissivity, the effective well flow solution is derived for two cases: the ensemble mean of pumping tests and the drawdown at an individual heterogeneous transmissivity field. The analytical form of the solution allows inversely estimating the parameters of aquifer heterogeneity (mean, variance, and correlation length) from steady-state pumping test data.