Hydrogeological study of A High Mountain Area (Serra da Estrela, Central Portugal): a multidisciplinary approach Estudo hidrogeológico de uma área montanhosa (Serra da Estrela, Portugal central): uma abordagem multidisciplinar

J Espinha Marques, J Marques, H Chaminé
2005 unpublished
The results of a preliminary hydrogeological study of the river Zêzere catchment upstream of Manteigas (Serra da Estrela Natural Park, Central Portugal) are presented. In this mountain region, different types of groundwater and surface water (used in several economic activities) occur. The methodology adopted in this study emphasizes the way how Geology, Geomorphology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Soil Science and Hydrogeology contribute to the description of the hydrological phenomena taking
more » ... in the catchment, such as infiltration and aquifer recharge and groundwater flow and geochemistry-allowing to develop better hydrogeologic conceptual models. The hydrological modelling in course includes the use of the VISUAL BALAN code, which is being coupled to a GIS. The hydrogeochemical techniques are highlighted as well as its preliminary results concerning major and minor elements. The thermomineral water study includes the identification of the reservoir's geologic material, the characterization of water-rock interaction and geothermometry.