The travel times of solutes at the Cape Cod Tracer Experiment: Data analysis, modeling, and structural parameters inference

Water Resources Research
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Abstract

A method for analyzing and interpreting travel times of solutes in heterogeneous aquifers is presented based on the peak concentration arrival times as measured at various samplers in the aquifer. The method allows separation of the effects of pore-scale dispersion from the effects of the large-scale aquifer heterogeneity. An analysis of data from the Cape Cod field experiment is presented, and we found that the values of the hydrogeological parameters inferred from the travel times match very well the values obtained from direct interpretation of cores. Analysis of the spatial correlations of the travel times also allows inference of spatial covariances of the log conductivity and the anisotropy ratio of the correlation lengths. Separate analyses of the travel times carried over planes at different travel distances show that the variance of the log conductivity increases with travel distance.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The travel times of solutes at the Cape Cod Tracer Experiment: Data analysis, modeling, and structural parameters inference
Series title Water Resources Research
DOI 10.1029/96WR00016
Volume 33
Issue 7
Year Published 1997
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Contributing office(s) Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Description 11 p.
First page 1537
Last page 1547
Country United States
State Massachusetts
Other Geospatial Cape Cod