Application of Time-Lapse Electrical Resistivity Tomography for Monitoring Spatial and Temporal Amendment Behavior
Time-lapse electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) is a proven method of providing non-invasive, volumetric information about the distribution of bulk subsurface electrical conductivity (1/resistivity) in space and time. In general, amendments have a different fluid conductivity than the ambient ground-water conductivity. In amendment-based remedial applications, temporal variations in bulk conductivity can be caused by amendment migration, amendment degradation, and/or amendment-driven biogeochemical activity. By imaging changes in bulk conductivity, time-lapse ERT has the potential to provide relevant information concerning spatial and temporal amendment behavior.
We have developed and implemented an ERT-based approach for monitoring amendment behavior [Hydrogeophysical Performance Monitoring System (HPMS)], which is currently deployed at the former Brandywine Defense Reutilization Marking Office (DRMO), a DoD Superfund site now managed by Andrews Air Force Base, Brandywine, Maryland. At the core of this approach is a method to estimate changes in fluid conductivity from changes in bulk conductivity while accounting for spatial variability in both tomographic resolution and petrophysical calibration. The goals of our work are to (1) demonstrate the HPMS, and (2) provide site-specific insight into amendment behavior. Here, we describe the HPMS system and its implementation, and we discuss the associated resistivity inverse methodology and the results obtained to date from this system.