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Title: Intrinsic vulnerability, hazard and risk mapping for karst aquifers: A case study
Authors: Mimi, Ziad
Assi, Amjad
Keywords: Groundwater - Pollution - Palestine;Water - Pollution potential - Palestine;Groundwater - Natural disasters - maps - Palestine
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: Groundwater from karst aquifers is among the most important resources of drinking water supply of the worldwide population. The European COST action 620 proposed a comprehensive approach to karst groundwater protection, comprising methods of intrinsic and specific vulnerability mapping, hazard and risk mapping. This paper presents the first application of all components of this European approach to the groundwater underlying the Ramallah district, a karst hydrogeology system in Palestine. The vulnerability maps which were developed can assist in the implementation of groundwater management strategies to prevent degradation of groundwater quality. Large areas in the case study area can be classified as low or very low risk area corresponding to the pollution sources due to the absence of hazards and also due to low vulnerabilities. These areas could consequently be interesting for future development as they are preferable in view of ground water protection
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