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Application of multiple-point geostatistics on modelling groundwater flow and transport in a cross-bedded aquifer
Huysmans, Marijke [Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - KUL > Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences > Applied Geology and Mineralogy > >]
Dassargues, Alain mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département Argenco : Secteur GEO3 > Hydrogéologie & Géologie de l'environnement >]
Hydrogeology Journal
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New York
[en] Groundwater flow ; Multiple-point geostatistics ; Heterogeneity ; Solute transport
[en] Sedimentological processes often result in complex three-dimensional subsurface heterogeneity of hydrogeological parameter values. Variogram-based stochastic approaches are often not able to describe heterogeneity in such complex geological environments. This work shows how multiple-point geostatistics can be applied in a realistic hydrogeological application to determine the impact of complex geological heterogeneity on groundwater flow and transport. The approach is applied to a real aquifer in Belgium that exhibits a complex sedimentary
heterogeneity and anisotropy. A training image is constructed based on geological and hydrogeological field data. Multiple-point statistics are borrowed from thistraining image to simulate hydrofacies occurrence, while intrafacies permeability variability is simulated using
conventional variogram-based geostatistical methods.
The simulated hydraulic conductivity realizations are used as input to a groundwater flow and transport model to investigate the effect of small-scale sedimentary heterogeneity
on contaminant plume migration. Results show that small-scale sedimentary heterogeneity has a significant effect on contaminant transport in the studied aquifer. The uncertainty on the spatial facies distribution and intrafacies hydraulic conductivity distribution results in a
significant uncertainty on the calculated concentration distribution. Comparison with standard variogram-based techniques shows that multiple-point geostatistics allow
better reproduction of irregularly shaped low-permeability clay drapes that influence solute transport.
Aquapôle - AQUAPOLE
Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - FWO
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