Computer Model Study of a Contaminated Well Field-Groundwater Pollution Source Identification and Contaminant Plume Simulation

by Shih-Huang Chieh, Ecology & Environment Inc, Buffalo, NY, USA,
David Cook, Ecology & Environment Inc, Buffalo, NY, USA,
Jack C. Hwang, Ecology & Environment Inc, Buffalo, NY, USA,
Jeffrey Brandow, Ecology & Environment Inc, Buffalo, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


Toxic waste contamination is currently threatening the public water-supply wells of the Town of Vestal, New York. As a practical tool to assist the remedial investigation, a two-dimensional finite element model is applied to this site. The model utilized the system sensitivity theory and a two-dimensional vertically integrated solute transport equation. The solute transport equation is spatially discretized by finite element method. Once the source has been identified, the model can be used to simulate the extent of the contaminated plume. At the Vestal site, a preliminary field measurement has been done.

Subject Headings: Groundwater pollution | Water pollution | Computer models | Finite element method | Two-dimensional models | Simulation models | Wells (water) | New York | United States

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