Groundwater contamination risks from conservative point source pollutants in a future climate

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The groundwater contamination risk in future climates was investigated at three locations in Sweden. Solute transport penetration depths were simulated using the HYDRUS-1D model using historical data and an ensemble of climate projections including two global climate models (GCMs), three emission scenarios and one regional climate model. Most projections indicated increasing precipitation and evapotranspiration until mid-century with a further increase at end-century. Results showed both increasing and decreasing groundwater contamination risks depending on emission scenario and GCM. Generally, the groundwater contamination risk is likely to be unchanged until mid-century, but higher at the end of the century. Soil and site specific relationships between Δ(P–PET) (i.e. change in the difference between precipitation, P, and potential evapotranspiration, PET) and changes in solute transport depths were determined. Using this, changes in solute transport depths for other climate projections can be assessed.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
  • Port Said University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Vattenteknik


Sidor (från-till)1659-1671
Antal sidor13
TidskriftHydrological Sciences Journal
Utgåva nummer13
StatusPublished - 2019
Peer review utfördJa