, Volume 19, Issue 8, pp 1455-1458
Date: 03 Nov 2011

Editor’s message: Groundwater modeling fantasies—part 2, down to earth

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Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. (Frédéric Chopin, a musician and composer, quoted in If Not God, Then What? by Fost 2007)

Despite the dubious developments discussed in part 1 of this Editor’s Message (Voss 2011), groundwater modeling really does represent the state of the art in hydrogeology, and groundwater modeling is in fact one of our most powerful tools for enhancing hydrogeologic understanding and for informing management of subsurface resources, at least when in the hands of competent hydrologists.

Automatic estimation foibles and simplification

Creating a model structure and determining values of model parameters is not a science, but rather an intuitive exercise, hopefully carried out with some wisdom concerning how natural systems function. Whether warranted or not, whether useful or not, parameter estimation has become a major part of model creation an

Clifford Voss is the Executive Editor of Hydrogeology Journal.