Analysis of Uncertainty in Ground-Water Quality Monitoring Network Design


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by Hugo A. Loaiciga, Univ of California, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management:

Abstract: The paper reviews alternative approaches to ground-water quality monitoring network design. Four general approaches to network design are reviewed: (1) hydrogeologic, (2) simulation, (3) variance-reduction, and (4) optimization. The relative advantages and disadvantages of each of these approaches to specific ground-water quality network design applications depend on: (1) the scale of the monitoring program (i.e., field-scale or regional scale); (2) the type of data available (hydrogeologic, geologic, etc.); (3) the nature of the investigated subsurface process (vadose zone, saturated-zone contamination); (4) the steady-state vis a vis transient nature of ground-water quality properties; and (5) the objective of the monitoring program and the resources available to accomplish it.

Subject Headings: Groundwater quality | Network analysis | Uncertainty principles | Groundwater pollution | Hydrogeology | Subsurface investigation | Data processing | Geology |

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