Articles | Volume 25, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 5415–5424, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-5415-2021
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 5415–5424, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-5415-2021
Research article
11 Oct 2021
Research article | 11 Oct 2021

Depth to water table correction for initial carbon-14 activities in groundwater mean residence time estimation

Dylan J. Irvine et al.

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It is widely assumed that 14C is in contact with the atmosphere until recharging water reaches the water table. Unsaturated zone (UZ) studies have shown that 14C decreases with depth below the land surface. We produce a relationship between UZ 14C and depth to the water table to estimate input 14C activities for groundwater age estimation. Application of the new relationship shows that it is important for UZ processes to be considered in groundwater mean residence time estimation.