Assessing Validity of the Dead Zone Model to Characterize Transport of Contaminants in the River Wkra

  • Magdalena M. Mrokowska
  • Marzena Osuch
Part of the Geoplanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences book series (GEPS, volume 1)


The objective of this chapter is to establish the validity of one-dimensional dead zone model to characterize transport of passive and conservative pollutants in the Wkra River basing on a tracer test. In the study, optimization methods prove inadequate to obtain reliable results. Therefore, uncertainty estimation and sensitivity analysis (SA) have been applied. The results indicate equifinality. Moreover, the sensitivity analysis shows that transient storage in dead zones has a small impact on model predictions.


Monte Carlo Breakthrough Curve Tracer Test Global Sensitivity Analysis Generalize Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Hydrology and HydrodynamicsInstitute of Geophysics Polish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

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