First set of white papers presented at 2017 NGWA Groundwater Summit by Modeling Advisory Panel

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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.

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