Modelling Groundwater Systems: Understanding and Improving Groundwater Quantity and Quality Management: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Modelling Groundwater Systems: Understanding and Improving Groundwater Quantity and Quality Management

1st Edition

By Girma Yimer Ebrahim

CRC Press

196 pages

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pub: 2014-05-14
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Groundwater is increasingly subjected to excessive over-exploitation and contamination in many parts of the world. It faces the challenge of balancing its multiple functions in a sustainable manner. This thesis explores several specific problems related to contaminant migration, groundwater-surface water interactions and managed aquifer recharge, using a variety of simulation methods and combined simulation-optimization modelling approaches. The validity of these approaches for evaluating groundwater quantity and quality management options is explored. Case studies were performed on field applications in Belgium, Germany and Oman. The results of these studies demonstrate that better insights and improved groundwater resource management can be achieved through a combination of different simulation and optimization methods that take into account data availability and specific site conditions.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction

2: Literature Review

3: Modelling the Natural Attenuation of Chlorinated Solvents

4: Local Scale Groundwater-Surface water Interactions in Heavily Modified Urban Rivers

5: Groundwater-Surface water Interactions in Drained Riparian Wetlands

6: A Simulation-Optimization Approach for Shallow Groundwater Level Managment in Drained Riparian Wetland

7: Simulation-Optimization Approach for Evaluating the Feasibility of Managed Aquifer Recharge

8: Conclusions and Recommendations

About the Author

Mr. Girma Yimer Ebrhaim received his Bachelor degree in Hydraulic Engineering in 2001 from Arbaminch Water Technology Institute, Ethiopia, and his Masters Degree in Water Science and Engineering, specialization Hydroinformaitcs in 2008 from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands. His practical experience and research interest include groundwater flow and contaminant transport modelling, Quantifying groundwater-surface water interaction at various spatial scales using field methods and modelling, Application of Simulation-Optimization modelling approaches for optimal management of groundwater systems, applications of environmental and artificial tracers, managed aquifer recharge assessment, modelling the impact of climate change on groundwater and surface water systems, and application of geophysical and remote sensing techniques.

About the Series

IHE Delft PhD Thesis Series

IHE Delft PhD programme leads to a deepening of a field of specialisation. PhD fellows do scientific research, often with conclusions that directly influence their region. At IHE Delft, PhD researchers from around the world participate in problem-focused and solution-oriented research on development issues, resulting in an inspiring research environment. PhD fellows work together with other researchers from many countries dealing with topics related to water and the environment.

PhD research is often carried out in the ‘sandwich’ model. Preparation and final reporting – the first and last portion of the programme – are carried out in Delft, while actual research is done in the fellow’s home country, under co-supervision of a local institute. Regular contacts with the promotor are maintained through visits and long-distance communication. This enables researchers to employ solutions directly to problems in their geographical region.

IHE Delft PhD degrees are awarded jointly with a university. The degrees are highly valued and fully recognised in all parts of the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply