Explanatory notes to accompany the Groundwater Vulnerability Index GIS for Moray Council

O Dochartaigh, B.E.. 2003 Explanatory notes to accompany the Groundwater Vulnerability Index GIS for Moray Council. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 16pp. (CR/03/054N) (Unpublished)

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These notes are designed to accompany the ArcView geographical information system (GIS) format groundwater vulnerability index map produced by the British Geological Survey (BGS) for Moray Council. The map is based on digital geological information for both bedrock and superficial (drift) deposits. It covers the whole of the Moray Council area plus a ‘buffer zone’ around the landward boundaries to account for peripheral data and allow for more meaningful interpretation. The purpose of the GIS map is to indicate, in broad terms, the vulnerability of groundwater to pollution. Groundwater is contained within aquifers of various types. Abstractions from these aquifers provide water for potable supplies and various domestic, industrial and agricultural uses. Some highly permeable aquifers are very productive and of regional importance as sources for public water supply; other, less permeable formations, are of local importance for domestic, agricultural and industrial supplies. Groundwater also provides the baseflow to surface watercourses. Groundwater is typically of high quality and often requires little or no treatment before use. However, it is vulnerable to contamination from both diffuse and point source pollutants, from direct discharges into groundwater and indirect discharges into and onto land. Aquifer remediation is difficult, prolonged and expensive: therefore, the prevention of pollution is important.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Groundwater Management
Funders/Sponsors: Moray Council
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed
Additional Keywords: GroundwaterBGS, Groundwater, Groundwater protection
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Date made live: 14 Nov 2012 16:47 +0 (UTC)

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