EGU21-9210, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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The Isotopic Composition of Cyprus Precipitation. A Tool of Isotope Hydrology.

Christos Christofi, Adriana Bruggeman, and Christoph Kuells
Christos Christofi et al.
  • The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia (

Monitoring and profiling the isotopic composition of soil water in combination with groundwater isotope hydrology are commonly used in studying flow and transport in soils as well as in estimating groundwater recharge. Establishing the isotopic composition of local precipitation is of essence. Towards this end and in facilitating the application of isotope hydrology in Troodos Fractured Aquifer (TFA), precipitation was monitored in 16 precipitation sampling stations, stretching from the shoreline up to 1725 m above m.s.l., from January of 2015 to December of 2017. A seasonal trend was discerned, with isotopically depleted rainfall occurring in December as opposed to the more enriched autumn and spring rainfall. Northern European air masses appear to prevail during the months of December to January during which d values tend to be on average above 25‰ whereas the more enriched rain with the lowest d values occurs in July. The averaged seasonal effect between 2015 and 2017 on δ18O, δ2H and d values are 4.53‰, 30.98‰ and 14.93‰, respectively. Cyprus’ Local Meteoric Water Line (LMWL) was found to be equal to δ2H = (6.58±0.13)*δ18O + (12.64±0.91) and a general decrease of 1.22‰ for δ2H and 0.20‰ for δ18O in precipitation was calculated per 100 m altitude.  Similar values have been found by other researchers for the region. These variations in the isotope composition of rainfall can be used to earmark seasonal input of recharge water and for deriving percolation rates from tracing their movement in the soil column.

How to cite: Christofi, C., Bruggeman, A., and Kuells, C.: The Isotopic Composition of Cyprus Precipitation. A Tool of Isotope Hydrology., EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-9210,, 2021.


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