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Hydrogeological engineering approaches to investigate and characterize heterogeneous aquifers


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Hydrogeological engineering approaches to investigate and characterize heterogeneous aquifers

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dc.contributor.author Harp, Dylan
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-09T21:03:17Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-09T21:03:17Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02-09T21:03:17Z
dc.date.submitted December 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/10306
dc.description.abstract This dissertation presents a compilation of five stand-alone manuscripts (Chapters 2 through 5 and Appendix A). Chapters 2 through 5 present hydrogeological analysis approaches, while Appendix A is utilized within the dissertation introduction as an example of a non-physically based modeling approach, albeit demonstrated on a non-hydrogeologically based application. Chapter 2 presents an inverse approach to decompose pumping influences from water-level fluctuations observed at a monitoring location. Chapter 3 presents an inferencing approach to identify effective aquifer properties at the interwell scale that can be applied to highly transient datasets. Chapter 4 introduces the use of a Markov-chain model of spatial correlation to an automated geostatistical inverse framework, demonstrating the approach on a 2-D two-stratigraphic-unit synthetic aquifer. Chapter 5 utilizes the inverse framework introduced in Chapter 4 to develop a stochastic analysis approach to identify the most plausible geostatistical model given the available data. The dissertation introduction reconciles these hydrogeological engineering approaches within the context of the current hydrogeological perspective, discussing where these approaches within the often conflicting goals of providing operational decision support based on modeling and advancing the science of hydrogeology beyond its current limitations. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Los Alamos National Laboratory en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject hydrogeology en_US
dc.subject parameter estimation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Aquifers--Analysis--Statistical methods.
dc.subject.lcsh Aquifers--Mathematical models.
dc.subject.lcsh Hydrogeology--Statistical methods.
dc.subject.lcsh Parameter estimation.
dc.title Hydrogeological engineering approaches to investigate and characterize heterogeneous aquifers en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Civil Engineering en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Civil Engineering en_US
dc.description.advisor Thomson, Bruce
dc.description.committee-member Vesselinov, Velimir
dc.description.committee-member Stormont, John
dc.description.committee-member Weissmann, Gary

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