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Definition of boundary and initial conditions in the analysis of saturated ground-water flow systems - An introduction

Techniques of Water-Resource Investigation 03-B5

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Abstract

Accurate definition of boundary and initial conditions is an essential part of conceptualizing and modeling ground-water flow systems. This report describes the properties of the seven most common boundary conditions encountered in ground-water systems and discusses major aspects of their application. It also discusses the significance and specification of initial conditions and evaluates some common errors in applying this concept to ground-water-system models. An appendix is included that discusses what the solution of a differential equation represents and how the solution relates to the boundary conditions defining the specific problem. This report considers only boundary conditions that apply to saturated ground-water systems.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Definition of boundary and initial conditions in the analysis of saturated ground-water flow systems - An introduction
Series title:
Techniques of Water-Resource Investigation
Series number:
03-B5
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1987
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. G.P.O.,
Description:
viii, 15 p. :ill ;28 cm.