Université de Neuchâtel

Groundwater recharge dynamics by snowmelt

Meeks, Jessica ; Hunkeler, Daniel (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2018.

Understanding the recharge mechanisms for karst aquifers is of great importance because these aquifers are relied upon by a quarter of Earth’s population, and because their recharge and discharge dynamics are often strongly coupled. Given this coupling, karst groundwater resources are inherently susceptible to surface processes such as climate, where the timing and volume of water infiltration...

Université de Neuchâtel

Infiltration under snow cover : Modeling approaches and predictive uncertainty

Meeks, Jessica ; Moeck, Christian ; Brunner, Philip ; Hunkeler, Daniel

In: Journal of Hydrology, 2017, vol. 546, p. 16-27

Groundwater recharge from snowmelt represents a temporal redistribution of precipitation. This is extremely important because the rate and timing of snowpack drainage has substantial consequences to aquifer recharge patterns, which in turn affect groundwater availability throughout the rest of the year. The modeling methods developed to estimate drainage from a snowpack, which typically rely on...

Université de Neuchâtel

Snowmelt infiltration and storage within a karstic environment, Vers Chez le Brandt, Switzerland

Meeks, Jessica ; Hunkeler, Daniel

In: Journal of Hydrology, 2015, vol. 529, no. Part 1, p. 11-21

Even though karstic aquifers are important freshwater resources and frequently occur in mountainous areas, recharge processes related to snowmelt have received little attention thus far. Given the context of climate change, where alterations to seasonal snow patterns are anticipated, and the often-strong cou- pling between recharge and discharge in karst aquifers, this research area is of great...