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Swisskarst Project – toward a sustainable management of karst water in Switzerland. Application to the Bernese Jura

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Author Malard Arnauld, Vouillamoz Jonathan, Weber Eric, Jeannin Pierre Yves,
Project SWISSKARST: Towards a sustainable management of karst waters in Switzerland
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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Title of proceedings Actes du 13e Congrès National de Spéléologie, Muotathal, Suisse. 29 sept au 01 oct 2012
Place Muotathal (Switzerland)


We focus here on a recent application of KARSYS in the Bernese Jura, which represents around 540 km2 of karst area and encloses more than 50 000 inhabitants. SISKA applied KARSYS on the Malm aquifer and built a 3D geological model of the regional aquifer basement. Hydraulic features have been analyzed and added into the model to highlight the location and extension of groundwater bodies. Seven main karst groundwater bodies have been identified and their geometry was depicted in 3D. Results provide an understanding of flow mechanisms at regional scale as well as interactions occurring between adjacent or even between remote systems. delineation of the karst systems and improve the protection of these water resources.