Tracer-Test Planning Using the Efficient Hydrologic Tracer-Test Design (EHTD) Program 2003
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Application of the predicted tracer mass with the hydraulic and geometric parameters in the ADE allows for an approximation of initial sample-collection time and subsequent sample-collection frequency where a maximum of 65 samples were determined to be necessary for describing the predicted tracer-breakthrough curve (BTC). Inclusion of tracer retardation and decay cause a net increase in tracer-mass estimates so that the preset average tracer concentration will be maintained, with a consequent steepening of the BTC, but retardation also causes BTC spreading and a delay in tracer arrival.
This program is an outgrowth of field projects in which the initial design of tracer tests relied too much on guesswork. This program removes much of the guesswork in tracer test design.