Groundwater Contamination: Use of Models in Decision-Making

Proceedings of the International Conference on Groundwater Contamination: Use of Models in Decision-Making, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 26–29 October 1987, Organized by the International Ground Water Modeling Center (IGWMC), Indianapolis — Delft

  • G. Jousma
  • J. Bear
  • Y. Y. Haimes
  • F. Walter
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Opening and Introduction

  3. International Standpoints

  4. Topic 1: Risk Assessment and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Invited Paper

    3. Specialist papers

      1. G. Osterkamp, B. Richter, W. Skala
        Pages 59-62
      2. C. C. D. F. van Ree, R. Kabos, M. Loxham, G. A. M. van Meurs, J. Taat
        Pages 63-72
  5. Topic 2: Models in Regulation and Legislation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Invited Paper

    3. Specialist papers

      1. G. A. M. van Meurs, F. A. Weststrate, M. Loxham
        Pages 97-107
  6. Topic 3: Quality Assurance in Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Invited Paper

    3. Specialist papers

      1. Milovan S. Beljin, Paul K. M. van der Heijde
        Pages 121-137
      2. J. Kindler, M. Nawalany, R. Rogowski, S. Tyszewski
        Pages 139-148
  7. Topic 4: Parameter Estimation and Stochastic Modelling

  8. Topic 5: Modelling Heat and Contaminant Transport

  9. Topic 6: Geo-Chemical and Bio-Chemical Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 353-353
    2. Specialist papers

  10. Topic 7: Modelling Of Fractured Rock Acquifers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 433-433
    2. Invited papers

      1. M. C. Cacas, E. Ledoux, G. de Marsily, B. Tillie
        Pages 435-443
    3. Specialist papers

About these proceedings


The protection of groundwater resources has emerged in recent years as a high priority topic on the agenda of many countries. In responding to the growing concern over deteriorating groundwater quality, many countries are developing a comprehensive regulatory framework for the management of subsurface water resources with management referring to both quantity and quality aspects. Within this framework, groundwater models are rapidly coming to playa central role in the development of protection and rehabilitation strategies. These models provide forecasts of the future state of the groundwater aquifer systems and/or the unsaturated zone in response to proposed management initiatives. For example, models will predict the effects of implementing a proposed management scheme on water levels and on the transport and fate of pollutants. The models are now used in the formulation of policies and regulations, the issuing of permits, design of monitoring and data collection systems, and the development of enforcement actions. The growth in the use of these sophisticated tools has led to many unforeseen problems in groundwater management. Lingering issues include reliability of codes, quality assurance in model development and applications, efficient utiliza­ tion of human and material resources, technology transfer and training. Some issues have legal ramifications, as in cases where the applications of models have been contested in courts.


Filtration Groundwater Infiltration Radioactive Waste Water pollution contaminants hydrology pollution safety

Editors and affiliations

  • G. Jousma
    • 1
  • J. Bear
    • 2
  • Y. Y. Haimes
    • 3
  • F. Walter
    • 4
  1. 1.International Ground Water Modeling CenterDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Israel Institute of TechnologyTechnionHaifaIsrael
  3. 3.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  4. 4.TNO Institute of Applied GeoscienceDelftThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7533-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2301-0
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