First Outcomes of the Cop Method Application for The Assessment of Intrinsic Vulnerability of in the Karst System of Vouraikoscatchment, Greece

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Journal of Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies


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The karst formations host complex aquifer systems, yet the knowledge of which needs further study. Karst aquifers are particularly vulnerable to pollution because of their hydrological behavior. The mapping of their vulnerability is one of the most simple and effective tools to protect them.

This study aims at the investigation of the vulnerability of the karst aquifers hosted in the carbonate formations of Olonos-Pindos and Gavrovo-Tripolis units. For this purpose the COP method, which is an intrinsic vulnerability mapping method, was applied to study the vulnerability of Vouraikos catchment karst system. Based on the application of this method zones were defined that illustrate five vulnerability classes, including very high, high, moderate, low and very low vulnerability classes. The coverage areas of each class are (38.83%, 25.03%, 24.61%, 11.15% and 0.37% respectively).


Vulnerability methods, karstification, Gavrovo-Tripolis zone, Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark.

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