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Mathematical Geology

, Volume 28, Issue 7, pp 951–968 | Cite as

Significance of conditioning to piezometric head data for predictions of mass transport in groundwater modeling

  • Xian-Huan Wen
  • J. Jaime Gómez-Hernandez
  • José E. Capilla
  • Andrés Sahuquillo
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Abstract

Transmissivity and head data are sampled from an exhaustive synthetic reference field and used to predict the arrival positions and arrival times of a number of particles transported across the field, together with an uncertainty estimate. Different combinations of number of transmissivity data and number of head data used are considered in each one of a series of 64 Monte-Carlo analyses. In each analysis, 250 realizations of transmissivity fields conditioned to both transmissivity and head data are generated using a novel geostatistically based inverse method. Pooling the solutions of the flow and transport equations in all 250 realizations allows building conditional frequency distributions for particle arrival positions and arrival times. By comparing these fresquency distributions, we can assess the incremental gain that additional head data provide. The main conclusion is that the first few head data dramatically improve the quality of transport predictions.

Key words

heterogeneity Monte-Carlo analysis uncertainty geostatistics conditioning self-calibrated method 

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© International Association for Mathematical Geology 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Xian-Huan Wen
    • 1
  • J. Jaime Gómez-Hernandez
    • 1
  • José E. Capilla
    • 1
  • Andrés Sahuquillo
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Ingeniería Hidraulica y Medio AmbienteUniversidad Politécnica de ValenciaValenciaSpain

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