Climate change has an important impact on the hydrological cycle particularly in alpine watersheds as e.g. the degradation of permafrost changes significantly the storage capacity of permafrost related landforms and sediment/debris accumulations such as rock glaciers. Thus, a better understanding of the storage capacity and the drainage dynamics of alpine aquifers bound on such landforms is crucial for the sustainable use of these groundwater resources.
The hydraulic behaviour of fractured aquifers is strongly influenced by the hydraulic properties of the fracture network and very often of faults and fault zones within the aquifer. These properties are crucial for prognosis and issues in hydrogeological applications due to e.g. infrastructural projects such as tunnel or power plant projects.
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