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A Comparative Analysis of Groundwater Model Formulation: the San Andres - Glorieta Case Study.

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The case study analysis presented in this report was undertaken with the belief that the San Andres-Glorieta experience might reveal some important insights about the basic strengths and weaknesses of modeling technology. Since the report is designed to be used in groundwater training courses, it is written in a tutorial style which focuses on general principles rather than technical details. The references cited throughout the text provide background information on particular subject areas which some readers may wish to cover in more depth. The next chapter of the report presents background material on the San Andres-Glorieta aquifier system and briefly summarizes the management problem considered in the case study. Chapter 3 reviews basic groundwater modeling concepts, with emphasis placed on the technical decisions which must be made in a typical groundwater impact study. Chapter 4 describes the various modeling approaches used in the case study and considers how each modeler dealt with the technical issues identified in Chapter 3. The report concludes with a suggested set of modeling guidelines for groundwater impact investigations. These guidelines, which are based both on the case study and on general principles, attempt to address the issues of data interpretation and model accuracy in a systematic way.

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  • Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology

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