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Methods for exploring uncertainty in groundwater management predictions

August 31, 2016

Models of groundwater systems help to integrate knowledge about the natural and human system covering different spatial and temporal scales, often from multiple disciplines, in order to address a range of issues of concern to various stakeholders. A model is simply a tool to express what we think we know. Uncertainty, due to lack of knowledge or natural variability, means that there are always alternative models that may need to be considered. This chapter provides an overview of uncertainty in models and in the definition of a problem to model, highlights approaches to communicating and using predictions of uncertain outcomes and summarises commonly used methods to explore uncertainty in groundwater management predictions. It is intended to raise awareness of how alternative models and hence uncertainty can be explored in order to facilitate the integration of these techniques with groundwater management.

Publication Year 2016
Title Methods for exploring uncertainty in groundwater management predictions
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-23576-9_28
Authors Joseph H. A. Guillaume, Randall J. Hunt, Alessandro Comunian, Baihua Fu, Rachel S Blakers
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70175747
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wisconsin Water Science Center