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Quantitative Analysis of Groundwater Systems

TitleQuantitative Analysis of Groundwater Systems
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsAhlfeld D. P.
Book TitleGroundwater Quantity and Quality Management
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
ISBN Number978-0-7844-1176-6
KeywordsGroundwater Management, groundwater pollution, Groundwater quality, Salt water intrusion, water quality, Water supply

The governing equations for groundwater flow and contaminant transport introduced in preceeding Chapters can be applied to individual groundwater sites to yield useful tools for analysis, prediction and design. A wide variety of groundwater problems can be addressed with a properly constructed groundwater simulation model. When combined with optimization methods, the design capabilities of simulation models can be enhanced. In this chapter, the basic steps in model building are presented, the various methods for solving the governing equations are reviewed, optimization methods for groundwater management are introduced and readily available computer programs for simulation and optimization are discussed.