Abstract Nonstationarity of groundwater flow and transport processes is relevant in well capture zone design and wellhead protection. We introduce a State-Space First-Order approach as an alternative to numerical Monte Carlo methods to quantify the uncertainty associated with well catchment prediction. The mean and covariance of system state variables (i.e. head, pore water velocity and particle trajectory) are approximated by a first-order Taylor’s series with sensitivity coefficients estimated from the adjoint operator for a system of discrete equations (state-space equations). By employing numerical solution methods, it is possible to handle irregular geometry, varying boundary conditions, complicated sink/source terms and different covariance functions, all of which are important factors for real-world applications. Results obtained using the State-Space First-Order method compare favourably with those from Monte Carlo analysis and are considerably more efficient.

State-space first-order estimate of well catchment uncertainty

GUADAGNINI, ALBERTO;RIVA, MONICA
2006

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Abstract Nonstationarity of groundwater flow and transport processes is relevant in well capture zone design and wellhead protection. We introduce a State-Space First-Order approach as an alternative to numerical Monte Carlo methods to quantify the uncertainty associated with well catchment prediction. The mean and covariance of system state variables (i.e. head, pore water velocity and particle trajectory) are approximated by a first-order Taylor’s series with sensitivity coefficients estimated from the adjoint operator for a system of discrete equations (state-space equations). By employing numerical solution methods, it is possible to handle irregular geometry, varying boundary conditions, complicated sink/source terms and different covariance functions, all of which are important factors for real-world applications. Results obtained using the State-Space First-Order method compare favourably with those from Monte Carlo analysis and are considerably more efficient.
Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modelling: From Uncertainty to Decision Making ModelCARE2005
9781901502589
First-Order method; Nonstationarity
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