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Death Valley regional groundwater flow model calibration using optimal parameter estimation methods and geoscientific information systems

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Abstract

A three-layer Death Valley regional groundwater flow model was constructed to evaluate potential regional groundwater flow paths in the vicinity of Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Geoscientific information systems were used to characterize the complex surface and subsurface hydrogeological conditions of the area, and this characterization was used to construct likely conceptual models of the flow system. The high contrasts and abrupt contacts of the different hydrogeological units in the subsurface make zonation the logical choice for representing the hydraulic conductivity distribution. Hydraulic head and spring flow data were used to test different conceptual models by using nonlinear regression to determine parameter values that currently provide the best match between the measured and simulated heads and flows.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Death Valley regional groundwater flow model calibration using optimal parameter estimation methods and geoscientific information systems
Series title:
IAHS-AISH Publication
Volume
237
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
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Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
IAHS-AISH Publication
First page:
41
Last page:
52
Number of Pages:
12