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Coupled semivariogram uncertainty of hydrogeological and geophysical data on capture zone uncertainty analysis

September 28, 2010

This study investigates capture zone uncertainty that relates to the coupled semivariogram uncertainty of hydrogeological and geophysical data. Semivariogram uncertainty is represented by the uncertainty in structural parameters (range, sill, and nugget). We used the beta distribution function to derive the prior distributions of structural parameters. The probability distributions of structural parameters were further updated through the Bayesian approach with the Gaussian likelihood functions. Cokriging of noncollocated pumping test data and electrical resistivity data was conducted to better estimate hydraulic conductivity through autosemivariograms and pseudo-cross-semivariogram. Sensitivities of capture zone variability with respect to the spatial variability of hydraulic conductivity, porosity and aquifer thickness were analyzed using ANOVA. The proposed methodology was applied to the analysis of capture zone uncertainty at the Chicot aquifer in Southwestern Louisiana, where a regional groundwater flow model was developed. MODFLOW-MODPATH was adopted to delineate the capture zone. The ANOVA results showed that both capture zone area and compactness were sensitive to hydraulic conductivity variation. We concluded that the capture zone uncertainty due to the semivariogram uncertainty is much higher than that due to the kriging uncertainty for given semivariograms. In other words, the sole use of conditional variances of kriging may greatly underestimate the flow response uncertainty. Semivariogram uncertainty should also be taken into account in the uncertainty analysis. ?? 2008 ASCE.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2008
Title Coupled semivariogram uncertainty of hydrogeological and geophysical data on capture zone uncertainty analysis
DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)1084-0699(2008)13:10(915)
Authors A. Rahman, F.T.-C. Tsai, C.D. White, C. S. Willson
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Hydrologic Engineering
Series Number
Index ID 70000040
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization