Estimation of recharge using a revised CRD method

15 Nov 2013

The cumulative rainfall departure (CRD) method, based on the water-balance principle, is often used for mimicking of water level fluctuations. Because of its simplicity and minimal requirement of spatial data, the CRD method has been applied widely for estimating either effective recharge or aquifer storativity, and consequently gained a focus in South Africa. This paper critically reviews this method and proposes expanded algorithm. Validation of the method under typical South African conditions is discussed based on model-generated and known cases. The study is aided with a user-friendly Excel program called Recharge Estimation Model in Excel (REME).