Application of Kalman Filtering to Groundwater Flow in Finite Heterogeneous Aquifers

by Mohamed M. Hantush, Univ of California, Davis, United States,
Miguel A. Mariño, Univ of California, Davis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


A stochastically based methodology using Kalman filtering is presented for the optimal estimation of hydraulic properties in finite heterogeneous aquifers. This is achieved by applying the Galerkin finite-element method integrated with an eigenvalue technique within the framework of the small perturbation approach. The methodology is tested by applying the Kalman filter to a hypothetical aquifer.

Subject Headings: Groundwater flow | Kalman filters | Filters | Heterogeneity | Aquifers | Finite element method | Hydraulic properties | Eigenvalues

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