Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Geological and Environmental Sciences



First Advisor

Dr. W. Thomas Straw

Second Advisor

Dr. Duane R. Hampton

Third Advisor

Dr. Alan E. Kehew

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


With the growing concern over ground water protection and waste water management, interest in the use of slug tests to characterize hydraulic properties of aquifers has increased. While slug tests offer an inexpensive alternative to pump tests, problems arise with collection of the tests and the interpretation of the results. Field tests and mathematical studies show that both positive and negative biases of formation properties have been obtained. The resulting errors can be traced to improper analytical techniques, incorrect assumptions of well configuration and aquifer properties, poor well installation and data gathering. Most of these problems can be corrected by altering the methods of conducting the test or interpreting the data, but the effects of well characteristics still need to be addressed.

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