Effect of numerical dispersion as a source of structural noise in the calibration of a highly parameterized saltwater intrusion model

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A model with a small amount of numerical dispersion was used to represent saltwater 7 intrusion in a homogeneous aquifer for a 10-year historical calibration period with one 8 groundwater withdrawal location followed by a 10-year prediction period with two groundwater 9 withdrawal locations. Time-varying groundwater concentrations at arbitrary locations in this low-10 dispersion model were then used as observations to calibrate a model with a greater amount of 11 numerical dispersion. The low-dispersion model was solved using a Total Variation Diminishing 12 numerical scheme; an implicit finite difference scheme with upstream weighting was used for 13 the calibration simulations. Calibration focused on estimating a three-dimensional hydraulic 14 conductivity field that was parameterized using a regular grid of pilot points in each layer and a 15 smoothness constraint. Other model parameters (dispersivity, porosity, recharge, etc.) were 16 fixed at the known values. The discrepancy between observed and simulated concentrations 17 (due solely to numerical dispersion) was reduced by adjusting hydraulic conductivity through the 18 calibration process. Within the transition zone, hydraulic conductivity tended to be lower than 19 the true value for the calibration runs tested. The calibration process introduced lower hydraulic 20 conductivity values to compensate for numerical dispersion and improve the match between 21 observed and simulated concentration breakthrough curves at monitoring locations. 22 Concentrations were underpredicted at both groundwater withdrawal locations during the 10-23 year prediction period.

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Publication type Book
Publication Subtype Conference publication
Title Effect of numerical dispersion as a source of structural noise in the calibration of a highly parameterized saltwater intrusion model
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc.
Contributing office(s) Florida Water Science Center-Ft. Lauderdale
Description 14 p.
Larger Work Title Proceedings 2009 PEST Conference
First page 146
Last page 159
Conference Title The PEST Conference
Conference Location Potomac, MD
Conference Date 2009-11-02T00:00:00