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Groundwater Contour Maps for the Alluvial Aquifers of the Upper Danube Basin

Chapter in book
Authors Roland Barthel
Vlad Rojanschi
Jens Wolf
Published in Regional Assessment of Global Change Impacts
Pages 207-213
ISBN 978-3-319-16750-3
Publisher Springer International Publishing
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Earth Sciences
Pages 207-213
Language en
Keywords GLOWA-Danube, DANUBIA, Groundwater, Upper Danube
Subject categories Climate Research, Geosciences, Multidisciplinary, Hydrology, Water in nature and society


Groundwater is the most important source of drinking water in the Upper Danube drainage basin. More than 90 % of drinking water is extracted from wells in shallow quaternary aquifers. The study of the effects of global change on groundwater storage in these aquifers is thus an important step in the attempt to simulate the impact of global change on water resources and water supply. This chapter describes the development of a continuous groundwater table contour map of the uppermost quaternary aquifer in the Upper Danube catchment. These maps show the elevation of the groundwater level above sea level and provide important information needed to assess groundwater movement and boundary conditions. Here we describe the process of collecting base data in various forms from a large variety of sources and the approaches chosen to homogenize and interpolate the data to create the maps presented. The manner in which the resulting datasets are used to conceptualize the groundwater flow model used in DANUBIA is presented.

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