Articles | Volume 22, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 6241–6255, 2018

Special issue: Assessing impacts and adaptation to global change in water...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 6241–6255, 2018

Research article 06 Dec 2018

Research article | 06 Dec 2018

Estimating long-term groundwater storage and its controlling factors in Alberta, Canada

Soumendra N. Bhanja et al.

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The paper presents groundwater storage conditions in all the major river basins across Alberta, Canada. We used remote-sensing data and investigate their performance using available ground-based data of groundwater level monitoring, storage coefficients, aquifer thickness, and surface water measurements. The water available for groundwater recharge has been studied in detail. Separate approaches have been followed for confined and unconfined aquifers for estimating groundwater storage.