Panel Discussion: Groundwater Models - Aspiration vs. Reality


It’s the classical dilemma faced by groundwater consultants: The client provides sparse and fuzzy input data yet expects quick and precise predictions, while the modeler would much rather work on a generous schedule, from a comprehensive and reliable data set, and with the understanding that uncertainty will be integral part of any results.

How are these interests to be balanced so that we maintain integrity and remain true to sound scientific and engineering principles?

Moderated by Michael B. Butts, DHI Denmark

Discussing:

  • Craig T. Simmons
    Flinders University & National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Adelaide, Australia 
  • John Doherty
    Watermark Numerical Computing, Brisbane, Australia
  • Emil O. Frind (tbc)
    Waterloo University, Waterloo, Canada
  • Fabien J. Cornaton
    DHI-WASY, Berlin, Germany
  • Hans-Jörg G. Diersch
    DHI-WASY, Berlin, Germany

Keynote lectures


Modelling of Artificial Groundwater Recharge

Wolfgang Kinzelbach
ETH Zurich, Institute of Environmental Engineering, Zurich, Switzerland


Variable density groundwater flow: approaches, challenges and future resolutions

Craig T. Simmons
Flinders University & National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Adelaide, Australia


Dealing with uncertainties in groundwater protection

Emil O. Frind
Waterloo University, Waterloo, Canada


Environmental models - rarely right but quantifiably wrong

John Doherty
Watermark Numerical Computing, Brisbane, Australia


On the use of some specific transport solutions for the calibration of flow models and the exploitation of flow solutions

Fabien J. Cornaton
DHI-WASY, Berlin, Germany


Local balance accuracy in finite elements: myth and  truth

Hans-Jörg G. Diersch
DHI-WASY, Berlin, Germany