Modelling of karstification

Kaufmann, Georg; Romanov, Douchko

Modelling long-term and short-term evolution of karst in vicinity of tunnels Journal Article

In: Journal of Hydrology, 581 , pp. 124282, 2020.

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Kaufmann, Georg; Romanov, Douchko

Karst and trains: The challenge of railway tunneling Inproceedings

In: Geophysical Research Abstracts, pp. EGU2019-3554, 2019.

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The strength and speed of karstification depends on various parameters, such as water balance or the existing rocks. A karstification model was used to model how karstification had developed in the area of the Schalkauer Platte and how it will develop in the future.

The model shows regional differences in the karstification potential. Especially in the areas where the model calculated increased karstification, there are, indeed, more caves, including the Blessberg cave. The modelling of future karst development, especially in the area of the cave part under the tunnel that was blocked during tunnel construction, showed a substantial increase in karstification in this area, i.e., a faster widening of fissures and crevices (in the time frame of 100 to 200 years).