A Real-time Approach to Groundwater Monitoring, Prediction, and Remediation

by Dennis McLaughlin, MIT, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


This paper outlines a integrated approach to the problem of predicting and controlling groundwater contamination. The key to this approach is to derive contaminant predictions by combining physically-based models with field observations. Models are updated in 'real time', as new measurements become available. The updated models are then used to plan the next round of sampling or remediation. We are currently field testing a monitoring design algorithm based on real-time concepts.

Subject Headings: Groundwater | Remediation | Water pollution | Groundwater pollution | Hydrologic models | Water sampling | Field tests | Mathematical models

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