Numerical Modelling in Hydrogeological Sciences: Critical Evaluation or Picture-Perfect?

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2019/10/21    15:00 - 16:20
    Dresden, Germany

    Lecturer: Prof. Marc Walther (Chair of Contaminant Hydrology, TU Dresden)

    Numerical modelling in hydrogeological sciences has been evolving since the 1980s and is nowadays used in a wide range of scientific and applied investigations. Since then, numerical modelling, either in the form of empirical, conceptual, process-based, or encompassing physical models, helps us to provide tools to understand and predict events and developments, which then support decision making for actions to govern current and future challenges. In a study co-authored with Peter Börke, Johann Frank, Edeltraud Guenther, Uta Berger, and Falk Händel, we posit that hydrogeological numerical modelling, as one of the many available tools for decision making, should offer transparent results, which communicates a possible scenario outcome within a defined and constrained representation of a study object or area. With a quasi-ubiquitous distribution and acceptance of numerical modelling in hydrogeology, one might assume a profound understanding of what hydrogeological numerical modelling is capable of, but our empirical impression hints on the opposite. This talk, therefore, aims to contribute to the ongoing discussion on the value of hydrogeological numerical modelling. It will investigate current topics and the value of modelling and discuss possible solutions such that models remain a meaningful addition for the evaluation of subsurface resources.

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