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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 6001–6021, 2021
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 6001–6021, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-6001-2021
Research article
23 Nov 2021
Research article | 23 Nov 2021

Gravity as a tool to improve the hydrologic mass budget in karstic areas

Tommaso Pivetta et al.

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Gravimetry offers a valid complement to classical hydrologic measurements in order to characterize karstic systems in which the recharge process causes fast accumulation of large water volumes in the voids of the epi-phreatic system. In this contribution we show an innovative integration of gravimetric and hydrologic observations to constrain a hydrodynamic model of the Škocjan Caves (Slovenia). We demonstrate how the inclusion of gravity observations improves the water mass budget estimates.