American Society of Civil Engineers

Analysis of Uncertainty in Ground-Water Quality Monitoring Network Design

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

pp. 576-581

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Document type: Conference 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.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Groundwater quality
Uncertainty principles

Author Keywords:
Water, Underground
Geology--Hydrology - Optimization - Water Pollution--Water Quality
Hydrogeology - Network Design - Uncertainty - Variance Reduction - Water Quality Monitoring