The role of atmospheric conditions in driving air movement along a deep borehole using radon and CO2 mutual relation

Elad Levintal, Hovav Zafrir, Maria I. Dragila, Noam Weisbrod

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Abstract

Understanding and quantifying the air exchange rate at boreholes and wells and subsequently their potential role as a source for greenhouse gases (GHGs) or volatile organic contaminant (VOCs) emissions to the atmosphere is important. Here, we investigate the effect of atmospheric conditions (atmospheric pressure and temperature) on air transport inside a deep dry borehole (88-m deep and 0.9-m wide) using radon, CO2 and absolute humidity measurements. Temperature, relative humidity, CO2 and radon (alpha detector) sensors were placed along the cased borehole, and a standard meteorological station was located a few km from the borehole. All borehole data were logged at high 1-min resolution. Current results show that climatic driving forces have a similar effect on the CO2 and radon trends within the borehole. In addition, we can distinguish between the diurnal and semi-diurnal periodical effect of the ambient temperature and pressure on both CO2 and radon concentrations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6075
JournalGeophysical Research Abstracts
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018
Event20th EGU General Assembly, EGU2018, - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 8 Apr 201813 Apr 2018
https://www.egu2018.eu/

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