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Development of a Groundwater Model for the Western Davenport Plains



Development of a Groundwater Model for the Western Davenport Plains


Knapton, Anthony; CloudGMS Pty Ltd

Commissioned by

Northern Territory. Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; WRD Technical Report 27/2017




Western Davenport Water Control District


CloudGMS has been commissioned by DENR to develop a numerical groundwater model of the aquifers within the central area of the WDWCD to improve confidence in the sustainability of the groundwater resources, as this is the area within the WCD with greatest potential for intensive development.


Made available by via Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT); Prepared for Dept Environment and Natural resources

Table of contents

Executive summary -- 1 Background -- 2 Physical -- 3 Available data -- 4 Conceptual model -- 5 Model design & construction -- 6 Parameter estimation -- 7 Water balances -- 8 Sensitivity analysis -- 9 Predictive scenarios -- 10 Conclusions -- 11 Reference -- 12 Document history and version control -- Appendix A - Groundwater level hydrographs - Appendix B - Alek range horticultural farm sub-regional modelling




Groundwater; Northern Territory; Western Davenport Water Control District; Conceptual mode

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Northern Territory Governmnet

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version 2.0


WRD Technical Report 27/2017


ix, 127 pages : colour illustration and maps ; 30 cm

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government



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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/842058 [LANT E-Publications: Development of a Groundwater Model for the Western Davenport Plains, version 1.1]

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Western Davenport WCD Groundwater Model (v2.0) Conceptual Model CloudGMS 49 Table 9 Conceptualisation of hydrologic processes, their interaction and the relevant MIKESHE model process used to represent the aquifer systems of the Western Davenport WCD. Component Conceptualisation MIKE SHE 1 Rainfall falls on bare soil or is intercepted by the sparse vegetation. The intercepted precipitation is evaporated or passed to the soil surface. Overland flow module 2 When the top layer of the unsaturated zone becomes saturated or when rainfall cannot infiltrate fast enough or when streams flood over their banks, there is surface ponding and eventually overland flow begins when all the surface depressions are filled. The overland water flow path and quantity is determined by the topography and flow resistance, as well as losses due to evaporation and infiltration along the path it takes, eventually reaching streams, rivers and other surface water bodies. 3 Rainfall also infiltrates to the unsaturated zone. The infiltrated water in the unsaturated zone can be stored; Unsaturated zone & Evapotranspiration modules 4 A significant amount of rainfall, reaching the soil surface, evaporates back to the atmosphere; or 5 Infiltrated water is taken up by plant roots and transpired through the leaves; 6 Infiltrated water percolates down through the unsaturated zone to the saturated zone as direct recharge. 7 Changes in storage increases due to recharge and decreases due to groundwater extraction and groundwater throughflow; Saturated zone module 8 Groundwater throughflow to the north to the Wiso Basin; 9 Extraction from the groundwater for community supplies, horticulture / irrigation and stock watering.