Hisham Zarour

Doctor of Philosophy
Study Completed: 2019
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Characterisation and Numerical Simulation of the Manawatu Plains Hydrogeological System.

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Groundwater is an important resource in the Lower Manawatu Catchment. Geological and groundwater studies commenced in the 20th century but there has been a need for an integrated analytical framework to understand the system and manage it sustainably. Mr Zarour adopted computer modelling as a tool for integrating knowledge about the resource. He developed models to explain the apportionment of rain into surface runoff and groundwater recharge, clarify geomorphological and geological controls on the system, and simulate groundwater flow. In addition, he studied groundwater chemistry to supplement and validate his hydrogeological understanding of the groundwater system. The developed models enhance knowledge of groundwater in the catchment and provide useful management tools for natural resource and environmental managers. The techniques Mr Zarour developed and used in his research can be beneficially utilised worldwide in geological and hydrological work.

Associate Professor Alan Palmer
Dr John Begg

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