Articles | Volume 21, issue 2
Research article
02 Mar 2017
Research article |  | 02 Mar 2017

Voxel inversion of airborne electromagnetic data for improved groundwater model construction and prediction accuracy

Nikolaj Kruse Christensen, Ty Paul A. Ferre, Gianluca Fiandaca, and Steen Christensen

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This study presents a new method for coupling a 3-D geophysical model with a 3-D groundwater model for improved groundwater model construction and prediction accuracy. The hydrological data consist of 35 hydraulic head measurements and one river discharge measurement, while the geophysical data set consists of 6300 measurement positions. The results demonstrate that the geophysical inversion strategy significantly affects the construction and prediction capability of the groundwater model.