Pumping optimisation of the lower Burdekin delta aquifer using an analytical model of seawater intrusion
Porter, Adam, Jegatheesan, Veeriah, and Narayan, Kumar (2005) Pumping optimisation of the lower Burdekin delta aquifer using an analytical model of seawater intrusion. Papers from the Ozwater Specialist Conference. Ozwater Specialist Conference , 5 - 7 May, 2005, Townsville, QLD, Australia , pp. 1-8.
|PDF (Published Version) - Repository staff only - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader|
The Burdekin Delta region is used primarily for the production of sugar cane. The system overlies a major unconfined aquifer, which fulfills the region's irrigational requirements. Farmers in the area have an economic incentive to pump and irrigate with the minimum discharge. Pumping at higher rates will route more water to evaporation and to deep recharge, both forms of wastage from the farmer's perspective. The aim of this study is to determine the current extent of seawater intrusion, model the intrusion should increased pressure be placed on the resource and to alleviate the problem by specifying the maximum extraction rates whilst maintaining protection from intrusion.
An analytical model has been created based on a single potential formulation, which includes ambient flow and surface accretion components, as the governing equation. The method of images was applied to account for the rectangular approximated aquifer boundaries. The simplex method is employed in the MATLAB environment to solve the linear optimization problem with constraints on flow potential being imposed. The potential constraints protect the wells by maintaining a potential at the wells larger than that at the toe.
If current trends in the Burdekin region continue, the intrusion of seawater will increase contaminating the groundwater reserve and irreversibly damaging the resource. The development of these models will allow better understanding of these processes, thus providing the foundation for regulation. A step towards the sustainability of this vital resource is the primary outcome of this venture.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)|
|Keywords:||analytical model; Burdekin delta aquifer; pumping optimisation; salt water intrusion|
|FoR Codes:||09 ENGINEERING > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090702 Environmental Engineering Modelling @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%|
|Deposited On:||20 Jul 2010 15:49|
|Last Modified:||21 Mar 2011 16:01|
Last 12 Months: 0
Repository Staff Only: item control page