Visualization of a Groundwater Contaminant Model

by Gregory Comes, US Army Corp of Engineers Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
Paul Miller, US Army Corp of Engineers Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
James Warner, US Army Corp of Engineers Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: Groundwater contamination is a problem of major national concern. Three-dimensional characterization of groundwater contamination is typically required. This paper describes integration of computer visualization with an efficient quasi 3-D approach for modeling flow and solute transport in subsurface systems. Unique to this model is the capability to divide single aquifer units into sublayers to simulate quasi 3-D contaminant transport. Between the individual aquifer units only vertical dispersive transport is considered. Calibration of 3-D contaminant transport models is very difficult as well as analysis of the output results. Computer visualization can be utilized to enhance model calibration process and for understanding model output.

Subject Headings: Three-dimensional models | Hydrologic models | Computer models | Three-dimensional flow | Mathematical models | Groundwater pollution | Imaging techniques | Pollutants

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