Three-dimensional groundwater contamination source identification using adaptive simulated annealing

Jha, Manish, and Datta, Bithin (2013) Three-dimensional groundwater contamination source identification using adaptive simulated annealing. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 18 (3). pp. 307-317.

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Determination of groundwater contaminant source characteristics such as release histories of unknown groundwater pollutant sources from concentration observation data is an inverse problem. Often solution to this inverse problem is nonunique, and it is an ill-posed problem. A linked simulation-optimization approach can be used to solve this problem efficiently. However, this approach is computationally intensive, and the results obtained tend to be highly susceptible to errors in the measured data and estimated hydrogeological parameters. Apart from this, accuracy of the solutions is highly dependent on the choice of monitoring locations. An adaptive simulated annealing (ASA)-based solution algorithm is shown to be computationally efficient for optimal identification of the source characteristics in terms of execution time and accuracy. This computational efficiency appears to prevail even with moderate levels of errors in estimated parameters and concentration measurement errors. Also, the contaminant concentration monitoring locations are shown to be critical in the efficient characterization of the unknown contaminant sources. Optimal identification results for different monitoring networks are presented to demonstrate the relevance of a network suitable for efficient source identification.

Item ID: 32203
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1943-5584
Keywords: source identification; groundwater contamination; adaptive simulated annealing; simulation-optimization; monitoring network
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2014 02:08
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering @ 50%
09 ENGINEERING > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090799 Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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