Modeling Ground-Water Quality using Time Series Models (A Case Study: Dehloran Plain, Ilam)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD in Evaluation Environmental and Land Use Planning, Faculty of Natural Resources & Environment, Malayer University, Malayer, Iran.(

2 Assistant professor, research group of environmental assessment and risks, Research Center for Environment and Sustainable Development (RCESD), Department of Environment, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.

3 Ph.D. Student of Environmental Pollution, Faculty of Natural Resources & Environment, Malayer University, Malayer, Iran.


The main purpose of the present study is to modeling the variation of ground-water quality parameters from 2001 to 2018 and predicting its quality for 2027. To achieve it, we accessed parameters which included total hardness (TH), total dissolved solids (TDS), sodium (Na), sulfates (SO4), and chlorides (Cl) which acquired from thirty-four wells in Dehloran Plain, Ilam. Due to the large number of wells, the samples were classified through cluster analysis into six clusters. To determine the number of clusters, a hierarchical clustering method was used. Five time-series models of autoregressive (AR), moving-average (MA), auto-regressive moving-average (ARMA), autoregressive integrated moving-average (ARIMA), and seasonal auto-regressive integrated moving-average (SARIMA) were applied to predict the changing ground-water quality. The best model was selected based on the Autocorrelation function (ACF) and Partial autocorrelation function (PACF), Akaike Information Criterion (AIC), and Coefficient of determination (R2). The results of the prediction indicated that the average concentration of Cl and Na will increase in all the clusters in 2027. Moreover, the average of the predicted SO4 will increase in all clusters except for the sixth one. The average of TDS also will increase in the first to third clusters, while it will decline in the fourth, fifth, and sixth clusters. The average of the predicted TH in the first, second, third, and fifth clusters will rise, whereas it will be reduced in the fourth and sixth clusters. It can be concluded that the status of ground-water quality is worsening in Dehloran Plain and in 2027 its quality will become lower compared to previous years.


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Volume 45, Issue 2
June 2022
Pages 81-97
  • Receive Date: 19 July 2021
  • Revise Date: 19 November 2021
  • Accept Date: 21 November 2021
  • Publish Date: 22 June 2022