Water level measurement locations for coastal aquifer management

Tullio Tucciarelli, Antonio Criminisi

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The coefficient of variation of the optimal cost (CVOC) method is applied to the Acqua dei Corsari coastal aquifer in Sicily's north coast to find the best point for a new water-level measurement location. The purpose of collecting data from the new measurement location is to reduce uncertainty associated with a stochastic management model for salt-water intrusion control. Assuming that uncertainty mainly stems from spatial variability of permeability, the structural parameters of the stochastic spatial permeability field are estimated using data from a nearby aquifer with similar geological properties. It is first shown through sensitivity analysis that the lack of previous information inhibits reliable estimation of the economic benefit of a new measurement location. A brief review of the CVOC method is presented, followed by identification of the best site for a permeability and a water-level measurement location. Finally, description of data collection at the proposed optimal site and calculation of the a posteriori optimal pumping strategy are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-58
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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