With more and more communities facing water shortages ground water sampling and dating are important tools to assess groundwater resources in regards to their dynamics, i.e. direction and timescale of groundwater flow and recharge, contamination risks and to manage remediation. To infer groundwater age information, a combination of different environmental tracers, such as tritium and SF6, are commonly used. However, ambiguous age interpretations are often faced, due to the limited set of available tracers and their individual restricted application ranges. In order to implement more robust groundwater dating, multiple tracers need to be applied complementarily (or other characterisation methods need to be used to complement tracer information). It is important that additional groundwater age tracers are found to ensure robust groundwater dating in the future.
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