Advances in Physics-based Numerical Groundwater Models
The development of groundwater models and their applications to real-world problems has evolved significantly since the late 1970s. Generally, groundwater flow models are classified in three categories: (1) Physics-based Mathematical/Numerical Models, (2) Statistical/Probability/Stochastic Models, and (3) Intelligence-based (ANN, SVM, etc.) Models.
It is generally recognized that only the first category of models could address the modeling and simulation to (1) synthesize past events, (2) predict future events, (3) evaluate, for design purposes, a combination of extremely or rarely occurred events, (4) evaluate the effects of artificial changes on the events, and (5) provide a means of learning and research for improving our understanding of events.
This presentation will focus on the advancement of numerical models in the past four decades.