Estimation of hydraulic property of an unconfined aquifer by GPR

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Controlled water productions were performed at a water source area of Ulaanbaatar city, Mongolia to evaluate the effectiveness of ground penetrating radar (GPR) for detecting and monitoring dynamic groundwater movements in the subsurface and for estimating the hydraulic properties of the aquifer. Field experiments in Ulaanbaatar were carried out in 2001 and 2002. GPR data were acquired using 100 MHz antennas. This paper reports the results of GPR methods to monitor the groundwater migration caused by the pumping operation and GPR's potential ability to estimate hydraulic properties of the aquifer. The GPR data sets were acquired very carefully by locating the antenna position accurately. The residual trace shows a feature that is a combination of the water level reflections acquired at two different times in the pumping test. It helped to determine travel time and its effective reflection point from the top of the water saturated zone. The residual wavelet varies versus offset from the pumping well for a given residual image. Common midpoint (CMP) data and velocity analysis indicated the depth of the water table and the water content in the unsaturated and saturated zone. Combining hydrogeologic data with quantitative information yielded by GPR data, hydraulic properties of the aquifer could be estimated by assuming a hydraulic model. It was concluded that GPR can be successfully employed to monitor groundwater migration and to estimate hydraulic properties of the aquifer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-99
Number of pages17
JournalSensing and Imaging
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun


  • Ground penetrating radar (GPR)
  • Hydraulic conductivity
  • Water content
  • Water table

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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