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Assessment of Future Climate Change Impact on Groundwater Level using SWAT-MODFLOW in Geum River Basin of South Korea

IWRA 2021 World Water Congress in Daegu, Korea (29 November - 3 December 2021)
D. Healthy Waters
Author(s): WONJIN JANG, JIWAN LEE, YONGGWAN LEE, SEONGJOON KIM

WONJIN JANG1, JIWAN LEE1, YONGGWAN LEE1, SEONGJOON KIM*1
1. Konkuk University



Keyword(s): SWAT, MODFLOW, GROUNDWATER, CLIMATE CHANGE
Article: Oral:

Abstract

(a) Purpose of study or research hypothesis

Predict the impact of future GWL (groundwater level) change by using HadGEM3-RA RCP 4.5 and 8.5 scenarios using SWAT-MODFLOW

(b) Key issue(s) or problem(s) addressed

The present annual groundwater use in South Korea is about 3.7 billion tons, which is about 10% of total water use and 35% of total developable groundwater resources. Nationally, The GWL are expected to decline by 0.58 m over the next 20 years. The groundwater use in Geum river basin (9,645.5 km2) has been increased 11.6% even from 2005 to 2015.

(c) Methodology or approach used

In order to estimate the future GWL, the SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) was calibrated using the daily watershed inflow and storage of two dams (DCD and YDD), daily inflow and storage of three weirs (SJW, GJW, and BJW), and five GWL observation sites (JSJS, OCCS, BEMR, CASS, and BYBY). In addition, the SWAT-MODFLOW (integrated hydrological model that couples SWAT land surface processes with spatially-explicit groundwater flow processes) was calibrated using the same data and compared with the SWAT results and used to evaluate the future GWL behavior of Geum River basin.

(d) Results or conclusions derived from the project

The calibration period of SWAT was set to five years (2005~09) and its validation period was set to eight years (2010~18). The Nash–Sutcliffe efficiency (NSE) and the coefficient of determination (R2) of two dam inflows were 0.55~0.70 and 0.67~0.75 respectively. For the inflow of three weirs, the average NSE was 0.57–0.77 and R2 was 0.62–0.81. The average R2 for the five locations GWL ranged from 0.53 to 0.61. The SWAT-MODFLOW will be calibrated and we will evaluate the future impact on watershed scale GWL distribution. This study will provide guideline on the groundwater use impact on groundwater level due to future climate change.

(e) Implications of the project relevant to congress themes

By predicting the impact of future climate change on groundwater hydrology, it can suggest the proper groundwater resource management in a watershed scale through assessing the spatiotemporal change of GWL distributions.

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) through Aquatic Ecosystem Conservation Research Program, funded by Korea Ministry of Environment (MOE) (2020003050001) and also, this study was funded by the Korea Ministry of Environment (MOE) as “Demand Responsive Water Supply Service Program (2019002650003).”

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