Visualizing Groundwater Flow

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by Roland H. Schweitzer, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, United States,
David W. Zachmann, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: This presentation demonstrates the application of some public domain scientific visualization software tools in the area of groundwater modeling. Specifically, we use these tools to interpret and communicate the results of simulations of some flow and contaminant transport problems. We consider both two and three dimensional problems and deal with both saturated and partially saturated flows. The underlying numerical methods are based on material balance, block centered finite difference methods. Our presentation will include examples of model output on 35 mm slides and on video tape. A description of the mechanisms for producing the material we present will be included. Questions regarding model resolution and graphics resolution will be addressed.

Subject Headings: Groundwater flow | Imaging techniques | Computer software | Flow visualization | Flow simulation | Three-dimensional flow | Finite difference method |

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