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The Boise Hydrogeophysical Research Site (BHRS) is a wellfield developed in a shallow, coarse (cobble-and-sand), alluvial aquifer with the goal of developing cost-effective methods for quantitatively characterizing the distribution of permeability in heterogeneous aquifers using hydrologic and geophysical techniques. Responses to surface geophysical techniques (e.g., seismic, radar, transient electromagnetics) will be calibrated against a highly characterized control volume (the wellfield) with 3-D distributions of geologic, hydrologic, and geophysical properties determined from extensive field measurements. Also, these data sets will be used to investigate relationships between properties and to test petrophysical models. Well coring and construction methods, and the well arrangement in the field, are designed to provide detailed control on lithology and to support a variety of single-well, crosshole, and multiwell geophysical and hydrologic tests. Wells are screened through the cobble-and-sand aquifer to a clay that underlies the BHRS at about 20 m depth. In addition, the wellfield design optimizes well-pair distances and azimuths for determination of short-range geostatistical structure. Initial geostatistical analysis of porosity data derived from borehole geophysical logs indicates that the omnidirectional horizontal experimental variogram for porosity (possible proxy for log permeability) is best fit with a nested periodic model structure.

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This article was originally published by The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) in Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems 1999. Copyright restrictions may apply.