SPATIAL VARIABILITY IN PRECIPITATION: CLUES TO DIFFUSE RECHARGE IN SHALLOW KARST AQUIFERS
Being able to capture and examine the temporal and spatial variability of precipitation events is especially relevant for understanding recharge to karst aquifers. In this study, WSR-88D data were gathered and processed for the outcrop portion of the Northern Segment of the Edwards Balcones Fault Zone (BFZ) aquifer in Central Texas to better understand response to recharge. Since groundwater and surface water interact in this unconfined portion of the aquifer, rain gauge data and WSR-88D data were compared and correlated to USGS stream gauge data as well as groundwater levels to gain greater insight to the timing and magnitude of responses to recharge events. Preliminary results indicate that: 1) WSR-88D data, which undergo National Weather Service bias-correction and quality control processes, are a rich source of precipitation data that can be efficiently collected and aggregated; and 2) the regular spatial- and high temporal-resolution of WSR-88D data facilitates greater correlation of recharge events with continuous monitoring surface water and groundwater data. By pairing WSR-88D data with traditional hydrologic data, a more detailed understanding of groundwater systems and recharge dynamics can be achieved.