- Postgraduate Researcher
Èlia Cantoni I Gomez is a PhD researcher in the groundwater research spoke. Èlia graduated with a BSc in Geology from Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and with an MsC in Geotechnical Engineering, specializing in Hydrogeology from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC). Èlia worked in a geotechnical consultancy in Barcelona before joining iCRAG in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Bruce Misstear and Prof. Laurence Gill. Her research focusses on evaluating the impacts of changing climate on groundwater recharge in low sotrativity fractured-rock aquifers. It also involves the assessment of the climate change effects on dependent wetlands and source protection areas. Main research interests involve climate change impacts on groundwater resources, groundwater recharge and fractured aquifers hydrogeology.
As the largest store of available fresh water, groundwater is a priceless resource that needs to be preserved as its importance is undeniable in terms of water supply, but also from the ecological point of view. Furthermore, little doubt remains about the ongoing climate change; however, some of the possible impacts are still uncertain.
I study the availability of groundwater resources in Ireland by determining how the different characteristics of the Irish landscape and geology influence it. A better understanding of these processes is vital to carry out climate change impact assessments, which is another key point of my research.
Project title: Impacts of changing climate on groundwater recharge in low storativity fractured-rock aquifers
The main aim of this research project is to investigate the effects of the anticipated changes in climate on groundwater recharge. The scope of this project also comprehends the analysis of some of the implications of changing recharge rates such as the impacts on groundwater dependent ecosystems.
A significant percentage of Irish bedrock is characterized by a negligible primary porosity but a relatively well developed secondary porosity. As a consequence, water flow occurs mainly through fissures and fractures and so, the storage and throughput capacities of these aquifers are limited. As this has been proven to be one of the main controlling variables in groundwater recharge, further research on evaluating how bedrock properties affect the response of the aquifer to recharge will be carried out.
- Postgraduate Researcher
- Secure & Protect Groundwater Resources
- Groundwater Quantity, Climate Change, GIS, Groundwater, Hydrogeology, Numerical Modelling