The Chalk aquifer of the Wessex Basin

Allen, D.J.; Crane, E.J., eds. 2019 The Chalk aquifer of the Wessex Basin. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 124pp. (RR/11/002) (Unpublished)

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This study was undertaken as part of the National Groundwater Survey (NGS), which aims to provide a comprehensive description of the major British aquifers and their groundwater resources. This includes the characterisation of the physical and chemical properties and processes that govern groundwater flow and pollutant transport and attenuation, in both the unsaturated and saturated zones. The NGS has commenced with a study of regions of the Chalk aquifer. Although much work has been undertaken on the Chalk Group of the Wessex Basin, there is a need for current knowledge to be brought together into a convenient format that is in the public domain. The study aims to summarise available hydrogeological information and current understanding of the aquifer. This report is intended as a source of reference that will benefit and interest researchers, students and those in the water industry (suppliers, regulators and consultants) as well as the general public. In order to meet the objectives of the study, information has been collected from a variety of sources, including British Geological Survey data, publicly available literature, information from the water industry and the Environment Agency and academic institutions. The information has been reviewed and summarised from a variety of standpoints; geological, hydrogeological and hydrochemical. Given the large area covered by the aquifer across the basin the approach taken has been to provide both basinwide overviews and catchment-specific discussions. The outcome of such an approach has resulted in a report which encompasses a broad range of aspects of the hydrogeology of the aquifer at a variety of scales. The British Geological Survey has collaborated with the Environment Agency, and a number of water companies. An Advisory Panel comprising members of the above organisations ensured that the work was relevant to them, as well as contributing much valuable information and acting as reviewers. Work on this report commenced in the early 2000s and was mainly complete by 2011. Staff changes delayed publication. The maps and data presented thus reflect that period and more up-to-date versions may now be available elsewhere. Minor revisions of the management chapter were undertaken in 2015.

Item Type: Publication - Report
ISBN: 978 0 85272 642 6
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey
Additional Keywords: GroundwaterBGS, Groundwater, Major aquifers, Aquifer characterisation
Date made live: 13 Mar 2019 13:13 +0 (UTC)

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