National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT)

National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT)

Environmental Tracers in Groundwater Hydrology


Please be advised that this is expression of interest only at this stage. We will confirm if this course will proceed at least 4 weeks prior to start.

Event Type:
Workshops/Training Courses
Feb. 25, 2019
3 days 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Melbourne , Australia

This course will help you to use appropriate sampling methodologies to acquire reliable data, as well as how to interpret and model analytical results. The knowledge will lead to you making meaningful improvements in your understanding of hydrogeological processes and conceptual groundwater models. The course will review the basic principles of environmental chemistry and tracer hydrology, and is aimed primarily at hydrogeologists and environmental scientists in the public and private sectors. It assumes prior knowledge of the basics of groundwater hydrology, and will include numerous case studies and worked examples, including many local studies that have been conducted by the internationally recognised presenters.

Topics covered will include:

  • Equilibrium and kinetics 
  • Origin of solutes and modification during transit through the hydrosphere
  • Natural weathering processes and redox reactions
  • Introduction to PHREEQC modelling
  • Chloride and bromide as tracers in groundwater hydrology
  • Tracers for quantifying mixing and aquifer connectivity
  • Understanding rainfall-recharge pathways using stable H/O isotopes of water
  • Recharge and residence time estimation for young groundwater (chlorofluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride, tritium)
  • Recharge and residence time estimation for old groundwater (carbon-14, chlorine-36, helium-4)

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