The NGWA Groundwater Modeling Advisory Panel presented results of its first set of white papers at the 2017 NGWA Groundwater Summit on December 5 in Nashville.
More than 50 attendees at the GMAP session heard conclusions address how:
- Modeling supports a wide range of groundwater decision-making
- Field complexity can be reflected in both simple and more detailed models
- Modeling should start with simple approaches and add detail when more explanation adds value to decisions
- Considering uncertainty of a range of hydrogeologic and analytical factors is now becoming more accepted in modeling used in groundwater management
- Integrated surface water/groundwater modeling can provide useful input to watershed/aquifer management.
Plans for next steps are evolving to examine preferential flow modeling, case studies applying uncertainty analysis, and test cases using integrated surface water/groundwater modeling, among other possible topics.