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Groundwater Vulnerability Assessment

Xavier Coello


Geographic focus: Ecuador / Quito

Date completed: 2002

Assessing groundwater vulnerability allows planners to manage and protect a city’s water supply, and accurate measurements are crucial for a city such as Quito, Ecuador, whose glacier-fed water supply faces potential major disruptions as a result of climate change. Xavier Coello, a student at the National Polytechnic University of Ecuador, used mathematical models and GIS software to evaluate vulnerability of the Northern Aquifer of Quito. To complement his research, he recommended that a risk map for the Quito Northern Aquifer be developed.

Topics / keywords: Groundwater; Natural Resources

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