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The Handbook of Groundwater Engineering
Second Edition
by Jacques W. Delleur

The Handbook of Groundwater Engineering provides a current and detailed review of how to model the flow of water and the transport of contaminants both in the unsaturated and saturated zones, covers the production of groundwater and the remediation of contaminated groundwater.

The Handbook of Groundwater Engineering:

  • Introduces the geological setting and simple and advanced groundwater flow and contaminant transport problems
  • Discusses the unsaturated zone and the movement and measurement of soil moisture, infiltration, preferential paths, and contaminant transport theory and modeling
  • Explores aquifer characterization and statistical tools that portray the uncertainties and scale issues of the geological environment
  • Elucidates current understanding of flow and contaminant transport in saturated media, fractured media, and in karst aquifers
  • Details how to model flow and contaminant transport in the saturated and unsaturated zones and includes model validation
  • Examines seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers from theoretical and modeling viewpoints


1. History of Groundwater Hydrology

  • Water Management and Water Science Before the 19th Century
  • Developments in Subsurface Hydrology
  • Main Trends Since the Early 1980s

2. Geological Occurrence of Groundwater

  • Importance of Groundwater
  • Earth Materials
  • Important Hydraulic Properties of Earth Materials and Groundwater, with Examples
  • Water in the Unsaturated Zone
  • Water in the Saturated Zone
  • Protection of Groundwater Supplies
  • Groundwater and Modern Environmental Concerns

3. Elementary Groundwater Flow and Transport Processes

  • Pressure, Suction, Piezometric Head, and Hydraulic Gradient
  • The Motion of Groundwater
  • Flow Through Porous Media-Darcy's Law
  • One-Dimensional Hydraulics
  • One-Dimensional Flow Through Porous Media - Leaky Aquifers
  • Dupuit-Forchheimer Assumptions
  • Velocity Potential, Force Potential, and Flow Nets
  • Laplace's Equation
  • Land Subsidence
  • Salt Water Interfaces
  • Groundwater Quality
  • Transport Mechanisms of Dissolved Contaminants
  • Monitoring, Site Remediation, and Landfills
  • Parameter Values

4. Two- and Three-Dimensional Flow of Groundwater

  • Groundwater Flow Equations
  • Hydraulic Approach to Groundwater Flow
  • Examples of Solutions

5. Groundwater and Seepage: Accounting for Variability

  • Some Groundwater Fundamentals
  • Some Probabilistic Fundamentals
  • The Flow Net
  • The Point Estimate Method (PEM)
  • Method of Fragments
  • Flow in Layered Systems
  • Piping: Reliability

6. Soil Properties and Moisture Movement in the Unsaturated Zone

  • Physical and Hydraulic Soil Properties
  • Conceptual Aspects of Unsaturated Soil Water Flow
  • Analytical Solutions of the Unsaturated Flow Equation
  • Scaling Principles

7. Rewritten Infiltration

  • Soil Properties and Processes of Infiltration
  • Infiltration Equations
  • Infiltration Measurement Methods
  • Spatial Variability Considerations
  • Infiltration into Sealed or Crusted Soils

8. Infiltration and Run-on Under Spatially Variable Hydrologic Properties

  • Characterization of Spatial Variability
  • Numerical Simulation Results
  • Theoretical Results

9. Modeling the Movement of Water and Solute Through Preferential Flow Paths and Fractures

  • Dual-Porosity Models for a Sharp Change at the at the Fracture-Matrix Interface
  • A Dual-Porosity Model for Gradual Change in Matrix Structure and Concentration at the Fracture-Matrix Interface
  • Dual-Porosity Models with a Distribution Layer at the Soil Surface
  • Multi-Pore Group Models

10. Well Hydraulics and Aquifer Tests

  • Well-Flow Equations
  • Performance of an Aquifer Test
  • Time-Drawdown Analyses
  • Distance-Drawdown Analyses
  • Interpretation of Heterogeneous Aquifers

11. Well Design and Construction

  • Well-Field Equations
  • Aquifer and Well Losses
  • Step-Drawdown Tests
  • Well Design
  • Well Construction and Maintenance

12. Sea Water Instrusion Into Coastal Aquifers

  • Mathematical Modeling of Sea Water Intrusion
  • Numerical Modeling and Computer Code
  • Examples of Sea Water Intrusion
  • Introduction to the Management of a Coastal Aquifer

13. Groundwater and Heat Flow

  • Basic Thermodynamics
  • Flow of Heat
  • Sources of Heat Flow to and from Earth's Surface
  • Applications

14. Hydrogeological Characterization Using Geophysical Methods

  • Common Geophysical Methods for Hydrogeologiocal Characterization
  • Hydrogeophysical Concepts
  • Stochastic Forward and Inverse Modeling Using Hydrogeophysical Datasets

15. Geophysical and Tracer Characterization Methods

  • Simulation/Optimization Methods for Aquifer Property Estimation
  • Application of Geophysical Methods to Environmental Problems
  • Ground-Penetrating Radar
  • Cross-Well Tomography
  • Combining Geophysical and Tracer Data
  • Dynamic Imaging of Tracer and Contaminant Plumes

Chapters 16-36


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Handbook of Groundwater Engineering
Second Edition
by Jacques W. Delleur

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