This map depicts the distribution of hydraulic head in groundwater in the Swan Hills / Slave Point hydrostratigraphic unit (HSU). The map is a result of an empirical Bayesian kriging technique using publicly available 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 regional water groundwater flow patterns within the HSU 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. Three additional inset maps show the results of the cumulative interference index analysis, the distribution of total dissolved solids (TDS), and the results of water driving force analysis, respectively. The geometry and variable thickness of the Swan Hills / Slave Point HSU are illustrated on schematic cross-sections, and the relationship between geological units is further described in an accompanying regional lithostratigraphic and hydrostratigraphic table.
Brinsky, J. (2023): Distribution of hydraulic head in the Swan Hills / Slave Point hydrostratigraphic unit; Alberta Energy Regulator / Alberta Geological Survey, AER/AGS Map 639, scale 1:3 000 000.