This map depicts the distribution of hydraulic head in groundwater in the McMurray hydrostratigraphic unit (HSU). The map is a result of an empirical Bayesian kriging technique using publicly available data from Alberta Environment and Parks' (AEP) Alberta Water Well Information Database (AWWID) and pressure data from oil and gas well drillstem tests.

The distribution of hydraulic head was mapped at a regional scale using many years of data, thus providing a good indication of hydraulic head within the unit rather than site-specific values. The uncertainty of prediction is depicted on an inset map, which shows the residual values (predicted value minus measured value) plotted at each location to indicate where underprediction and overprediction occurs. A Cumulative Interference Index (CII) methodology was used to identify and remove production/injection influenced drillstem tests from the underlying dataset. Two additional maps show the distribution of total dissolved solids and the results of water driving force analysis, respectively. The geometry and variable thickness of the McMurray HSU is shown on schematic cross-sections.

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Nakevska, N. and Lemay, T.G. (2021): Distribution of hydraulic head in the McMurray hydrostratigraphic unit; Alberta Energy Regulator / Alberta Geological Survey, AER/AGS Map 613, scale 1:1 250 000.

Preview of Map 613