Investigating a spatial approach to groundwater quantity management using radius of influence with a case study of South Africa

  • P Seward
  • Y Xu
  • A Turton
Keywords: groundwater, sustainability, spatial, water balance, indicators, institutions

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether a simple, spatially-based approach to groundwater sustainability using radius of influence should be used to replace the pervasive, yet deprecated, ‘natural recharge water  balance’ volumetric method. Using South Africa as a case study, the radius of influence methodology was shown to be scientifically practical, to provide  plausible results, and to be permissible under the country’s water laws. The approach also provides better indicators for institutions involved in   groundwater management, and remains conceptually correct at all scales. However, further research is recommended on more robust alternatives to the Cooper-Jacob equation for determining radius of influence.


Keywords: groundwater, sustainability, spatial, water balance, indicators, institutions

Published
2015-01-28
Section
Articles

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