Unconditional and conditional analysis of flow and solute transport in variably saturated porous media

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Title:
Unconditional and conditional analysis of flow and solute transport in variably saturated porous media
Author:
Li, Bailing
Issue Date:
1998
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
A numerical first order approach is proposed to conduct stochastic analyses of head and concentration under variably saturated conditions. The approach is based on a first-order Taylor series expansion and an adjoint state method. To implement the approach in different flow and transport regimes, numerical models are adopted to evaluate sensitivities of head and concentration with respect to hydrological parameters. This provides the possibility of conducting stochastic analyses of flow and transport problems with any kind of boundary and initial conditions. As a result, limitations of analytical approaches such as the spectral/perturbation approach can be avoided. In addition, the use of adjoint state method also alleviates the computational burden encountered in Monte Carlo simulation by allowing us to evaluate the sensitivities of head and concentration only at interesting/measurement locations. Several numerical simulations are performed to examine the sensitivities and moments of head and concentration under different flow conditions. The results show that the existence of water tables in the simulation domain can have a significant impact on the moment calculation of head and concentration. The calculated statistical moments are used to estimate log-conductivity by cokriging. The conditioning effect of head, concentration, and arrival time in estimating log-conductivity is investigated under different flow conditions. The results show steady state head is the best secondary information compared to solute concentration and arrival time in estimating conductivity by providing stable and consistent results. Estimates can be error prone when concentration measurements are used to estimate LnKs because of the nonlinear relationship between concentration and LnKs and the large variability in the simulated solute plumes. A sequential estimating technique is shown to be able to overcome some of these inadequacies of using concentration measurements. Arrival time, requiring a large amount of CPU time, does not show any advantage over concentration and head in estimating conductivity.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Hydrology.; Agriculture, Soil Science.; Environmental Sciences.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Hydrology and Water Resources
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Yeh, T.-C. Jim

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleUnconditional and conditional analysis of flow and solute transport in variably saturated porous mediaen_US
dc.creatorLi, Bailingen_US
dc.contributor.authorLi, Bailingen_US
dc.date.issued1998en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractA numerical first order approach is proposed to conduct stochastic analyses of head and concentration under variably saturated conditions. The approach is based on a first-order Taylor series expansion and an adjoint state method. To implement the approach in different flow and transport regimes, numerical models are adopted to evaluate sensitivities of head and concentration with respect to hydrological parameters. This provides the possibility of conducting stochastic analyses of flow and transport problems with any kind of boundary and initial conditions. As a result, limitations of analytical approaches such as the spectral/perturbation approach can be avoided. In addition, the use of adjoint state method also alleviates the computational burden encountered in Monte Carlo simulation by allowing us to evaluate the sensitivities of head and concentration only at interesting/measurement locations. Several numerical simulations are performed to examine the sensitivities and moments of head and concentration under different flow conditions. The results show that the existence of water tables in the simulation domain can have a significant impact on the moment calculation of head and concentration. The calculated statistical moments are used to estimate log-conductivity by cokriging. The conditioning effect of head, concentration, and arrival time in estimating log-conductivity is investigated under different flow conditions. The results show steady state head is the best secondary information compared to solute concentration and arrival time in estimating conductivity by providing stable and consistent results. Estimates can be error prone when concentration measurements are used to estimate LnKs because of the nonlinear relationship between concentration and LnKs and the large variability in the simulated solute plumes. A sequential estimating technique is shown to be able to overcome some of these inadequacies of using concentration measurements. Arrival time, requiring a large amount of CPU time, does not show any advantage over concentration and head in estimating conductivity.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectHydrology.en_US
dc.subjectAgriculture, Soil Science.en_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHydrology and Water Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorYeh, T.-C. Jimen_US
dc.identifier.proquest9901711en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b38830590en_US
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