Recovering the History of a Groundwater Contaminant Plume: Method of Quasi‐Reversibility

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The method of quasi‐reversibility (QR) (Lattes and Lions, 1969) has been used previously to solve the diffusion equation with reversed time. We develop a quasi‐reversible solution to a convection‐dispersion equation by solving the QR diffusion operator in a moving coordinate system. The solution procedure is applied to the problem of recovering the history of a groundwater contaminant plume from observations of its present conditions. This approach to the plume history problem is potentially superior to the Tikhonov regularization approach used by Skaggs and Kabala (1994) because it is easier to implement and readily allows for space‐ and time‐dependent transport parameters. However, our results for a few example problems suggest that the QR procedure is less accurate than the regularization technique. Thus the easy implementation and improved generality of the QR procedure come at the expense of accuracy; this trade‐off will have to be weighed if the QR technique is to be used. Copyright 1995 by the American Geophysical Union.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Skaggs, TH; Kabala, ZJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 2669 - 2673

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1944-7973

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0043-1397

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1029/95WR02383

Citation Source

  • Scopus