Groundwater recharge: processes and quantification
Groundwater recharge: processes and quantification
Editor(s): M. Bakker, T. P. A. Ferre, and R.P. Bartholomeus
Major sources of groundwater recharge include rainfall, snowmelt, and infiltration from surface water features. The rate and generic behavior of recharge lie at the interface of understanding between hillslope, vadose zone, groundwater, and ecohydrology. Catchment hydrologists may view "subsurface runoff" as a simple loss term, while groundwater modelers may approximate "recharge" merely as a fraction of rainfall. As groundwater recharge is one of the main drivers of the hydrological system, appropriate quantification is required for robust model predictions. Accurate measurement of recharge is merely impossible, however, which makes it difficult to assess the accuracy of recharge estimates and, as a resultant, the accuracy of model predictions. The objective of this special issue of HESS is to collect the most recent scientific work on groundwater recharge. Relevant issues include the following:

– major processes influencing recharge, such as climate, soil, vegetation, plant– oil interactions, snowmelt, and land-scape features;
– new and improved methods to measure recharge directly;
– recharge signature in measured head fluctuations, isotope data, contaminants and nutrients, and other field measurements;
– improved interpretation of surface measurements to constrain recharge estimates;
– the role of the unsaturated zone: heterogeneity, preferential flow paths, root water uptake;
– conceptual modeling of the recharge process including alternatives to Richards' equation;
– different sources of recharge: rain, snow, leaking pipes and canals, ephemeral streams, etc.;
– water planning considerations of recharge;
– sustainable yield.

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07 Mar 2013
Linking soil moisture balance and source-responsive models to estimate diffuse and preferential components of groundwater recharge
M. O. Cuthbert, R. Mackay, and J. R. Nimmo
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 1003–1019,,, 2013
11 Feb 2013
Natural vs. artificial groundwater recharge, quantification through inverse modeling
H. Hashemi, R. Berndtsson, M. Kompani-Zare, and M. Persson
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 637–650,,, 2013
04 Dec 2012
Climatic controls on diffuse groundwater recharge across Australia
O. V. Barron, R. S. Crosbie, W. R. Dawes, S. P. Charles, T. Pickett, and M. J. Donn
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 4557–4570,,, 2012
09 Nov 2012
Groundwater surface water interactions and the role of phreatophytes in identifying recharge zones
T. S. Ahring and D. R. Steward
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 4133–4142,,, 2012
26 Oct 2012
A basin-scale approach for assessing water resources in a semiarid environment: San Diego region, California and Mexico
L. E. Flint, A. L. Flint, B. J. Stolp, and W. R. Danskin
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 3817–3833,,, 2012
14 Aug 2012
Modelling the effects of climate and land cover change on groundwater recharge in south-west Western Australia
W. Dawes, R. Ali, S. Varma, I. Emelyanova, G. Hodgson, and D. McFarlane
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 2709–2722,,, 2012
06 Aug 2012
Sensitivity of groundwater recharge using climatic analogues and HYDRUS-1D
B. Leterme, D. Mallants, and D. Jacques
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 2485–2497,,, 2012
10 Jul 2013
Preface "Groundwater recharge: processes and quantification"
M. Bakker, R. P. Bartholomeus, and T. P. A. Ferré
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 2653–2655,,, 2013
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