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Research article
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23 Aug 2022
Research article |  | 23 Aug 2022

In situ estimation of subsurface hydro-geomechanical properties using the groundwater response to semi-diurnal Earth and atmospheric tides

Gabriel C. Rau, Timothy C. McMillan, Martin S. Andersen, and Wendy A. Timms

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This work develops and applies a new method to estimate hydraulic and geomechanical subsurface properties in situ using standard groundwater and atmospheric pressure records. The estimated properties comply with expected values except for the Poisson ratio, which we attribute to the investigated scale and conditions. Our new approach can be used to cost-effectively investigate the subsurface using standard monitoring datasets.