Research Spotlight: A less invasive method to measure groundwater permeability


  • Mohi Kumar,

  • Ernie Tretkoff


Hydraulic conductivity quantifies how easily water moves through aquifers, a factor important for management of water resources, the design of wells, and remediation of contaminated sites. It typically shows strong spatial fluctuations, so determining hydraulic conductivity usually involves extensive, invasive, and often expensive installation of wells or sampling sites within the aquifer.