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Optimal dynamic management of groundwater pollutant sources

January 1, 1982

The linear programing-superposition method is presented for managing multiple sources of groundwater pollution over time. The method uses any linear solute transport simulation model to generate a unit source-concentration response matrix that is incorporated into a management model. This series of constraints indicates local solute concentration histories that will result from any series of waste injection schedules. The linear program operates on the matrix to arrive at optimal disposal schedules. An example demonstrates application of the method to maximizing groundwater waste disposal while maintaining water quality of local water supplies within desired limits. Flow field variations associated with waste injection are ignored as an approximation. Parametric programing is shown to be an important tool in evaluating waste disposal trade-offs at various injection sites over time. Mixed-integer programing permits restrictions to be placed upon the number of injection wells which may operate during given management periods.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1982
Title Optimal dynamic management of groundwater pollutant sources
DOI 10.1029/WR018i001p00071
Authors Steven M. Gorelick, Irwin Remson
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Water Resources Research
Index ID 70011680
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse